Please… be sure to follow the care instructions on the label inside your garment. We know they are incredibly durable – read on…
One of our regular customers teaches at a local indoor swimming centre.Julie particularly likes our style 3582 for its supportive comfort while working with small children who can often pull at shoulder straps and necklines if they feel a bit panicky in the water. She has worn her costume for 10 hours a week and brought it back to show us – and to purchase another – after 2 and 1/2 years it is a little faded.
We estimated it had been in the heated indoor pool for 1,150 hours. Now that’s good value!
Traditionally, swimsuits contain a man-made fibre, which can be called by several names, including Lycra*, elastane, spandex or elastomeric. Many swimsuit brands claim the swimsuit fabric is “chlorine resistant” fabric. With most, this is only true to a degree as these garments still contain about 20% elastane and will still degrade after use in chlorinated pools. It is the Lycra* fibre in ordinary swimsuits that degrades upon exposure to chlorinated water and is particularly affected by the water in heated indoor pools and spas. It is the elastane fibre which gives ordinary swimsuits their elasticity and stretch capacity, and when it breaks down your swimsuit will become saggy and have thin transparent patches, often looking as if it has dandruff. This is called Lycra degradation.
*Lycra® is the registered trademark of Invista.