Swimming competitively on a swimming team can be a great experience for individuals who are interested in participating in this lucrative sport. Swimming is great exercise without being too hard on the body, even if you swim competitively. When you use a swim team suit, you need to take care of it differently than you would your typical swimwear. Most people simply throw their swimsuits in the washing machine and dryer. With your competitive swimwear, though, you must be careful with its care.
For Competition Only
One of the most important things to remember in the care of your competitive swimwear is to restrict your swimsuit to competition and practice wear only. If you begin wearing your swimming team swimsuit for leisure swimming, it will wear out more quickly and you will be faced with the need to replace it more often.
Rinse It Out
Every time you wear your competition swimsuit, you will need to rinse it out carefully after you wear it. This will remove a majority of the chlorine and sweat that may have absorbed into the fibers. Make sure you rinse it as thoroughly as possible and remove as much of the water as possible without wringing out the suit.
Never place your swim team suit in your washing machine. Some people place theirs in a mesh bag to protect it, but this can still lead to damage. Instead, fill your sink or stationary tub with cool water and a small amount of mild liquid detergent. Swish the swim team suit around in the water a few times to remove the chlorine and other residue. Rinse with clean water and gently squeeze the water from the suit. Never wring it out.
Hang to Dry
Your competition swimsuit should never be exposed to excessive heat, which means you can’t dry it in your clothes dryer either. It is best to dry your swimsuit out naturally by laying it out on a flat surface. Make sure you keep it out of the sun to prevent fading and other sun damage. Do not iron your swimming team swimsuit after drying.
Taking care of your swim team suit is essential to increase its longevity and make sure it looks and fits great every time you put it on. Improper care can lead to fading of colors and the weakening of materials that can have a negative impact on your swimming performance.
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