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SWIMWEAR CARE

How do I care for my swimwear?

 

While no swimwear will last forever, the proper care will keep the shape and color for much longer. Aya Morrison swimwear is made of spandex/ Lycra and polyester blends and ultimately, very colorful non-stretch African cotton fabric. 
 
These stretch fabrics are comfortable, they keep their shape, and are elastic and quick drying. Yet, the positive properties are offset by the delicate nature of the fabrics. 
 
NOTE: Pool chemicals, sun, sand, heat and detergents will affect ALL swimwear. 
 
To get the most out of your swimsuits, it pays to know how to care for them. 
 
* Rinse in cold water - if possible, wear your swimsuit in the shower to open and saturate the fibers with cold water as soon as you can after swimming 
* Rinse again - by hand in cold water as soon as possible after removing your swimsuit just in case the African fabric begins to bleed, which is usually unlikely 
* Hang dry A.S.A.P in the shade or inside - to prevent loss of color from the sun 
* Be careful where you sit, lay & lean - pool edges are rough to prevent slipping (so are rough on swimsuit fabric too!) 
* Remove sand from your swimsuit - when it's dry, gently stretch and flick the garment and the sand will easily fall away 
* Be extra careful with spas and heated pools - hot water + the extra chemicals used to combat bacteria will threaten the life of your swimsuit (best to use an old swimsuit for spas) 
* Be careful with sunscreen and oils - they can discolor your swimwear or make the African fabric fade-out quicker 
* Alternate your swimwear - having two swimsuits is ideal (or, if you only have one, ensure that your swimsuit is completely dry before wearing again) 
* DO NOT leave your swimsuit wet in your towel/gym bag - moisture and darkness are the most common way to breed damaging bacteria (do ensure your swimsuit is completely dry before you put it away) 
* DO NOT wash in the washing machine - washing machines and detergents are too harsh on swimwear 
* DO NOT tightly wring out the water from your swimsuit - over-wringing will stretch and twist the fibres 
* DO NOT use a dryer or iron on the stretch part - excessive heat from dryers or ironing destroys swimsuit stretch fabric. You can, however, iron the African print portions of your swimwear if it looks crumpled.
* DO NOT chlorine bleach - never, ever use chlorine bleach on any swimwear (even styles advertised as chlorine-resistant aren't chlorine-proof)

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