Make sure to follow our guide on properly storing your summer items after a long season to ensure they are ready-to-wear for another summer!
There’s nothing worse than finding the perfect summer suit, to then have it destroyed from improper summer storage, or going to unpack your summer supplies and finding them to be unusable. Now that the summer break is over, and the kids are back at school, it’s time to gather up all the swim essentials so they can be properly washed and stored until next spring or summer.
Don’t Skip the Wash & Dry
Hot water and chlorine are hard on swimwear. A good quality bathing suit, bikini or swim trunks are hard to find, so when you find the perfect one(s) you’ll want them to last a long time. Follow the washing label on your suit, and keep these steps in mind to prolong the life of your swimwear.
Start by gently wringing out the water in your swimwear. Handle your clothes gently, as being too harsh with your damp swimwear can damage the fibres and shorten its lifespan, or stretch it out completely
The best way to dry your swimwear is to lay it on a towel, roll it up and gently squeeze while still in the towel.
Once you’ve wrung out the water, lay your swimwear out to dry in the shade. It’s important to give it adequate time to dry. It takes about 24 hours for Spandex to bounce back. You want to keep it out of direct sunlight so that it doesn’t lighten or bleach out any color in the fabric.
Keep them Flippy
Flip-flops are a summer essential. Available in an array of colours, you may have more than one pair. But whether you have 2 or 20, this foam footwear will need a wash before storing away for next year.
- Mix a little baking soda and water to create a powerful cleansing scrub.
- Spread this mixture on the outsole bed of the flip-flop.
- Using an old toothbrush and a little elbow grease, clean away the dirt and grime.
- Rinse while scrubbing.
- Now you’ll be able to wear your clean flip-flops indoors during the winter season, or simply pack them away for next summer!
PRO TIP: Get into the habit of hand washing and rinsing your swimwear, goggles, masks, pool toys and flip-flops after every exposure to chlorinated waters. Chlorine is a chemical made to kill bacteria. It will quietly and slowly attack any and all bacteria found on your swim gear and shorten its lifespan.
Now that summer has ended, it’s time to get serious about cleaning and storing away all of your summer essentials. Contact MOLLY MAID today for professional cleaning services, and get on top of your summer cleaning right away!
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