A bikini may only be a few tiny pieces of fabric, but chances are you spent a pretty penny on it. Properly caring for you bikini can extend the life of it extensively, and help you get your money’s worth out of your splurge. The most common stains we notice are from sunscreen and sunless tanner. Both will discolor the fabric if not treated properly, so we’ll break down how to get rid of each!
Your swimsuit should be rinsed in cool, tap water after each time you wear it whether for swimming or sunbathing.
- pretreat the stain with a heavy duty liquid detergent or make a paste with powder detergent/water
- apply the detergent and let this set on fabric at least 30 minutes or overnight.
- Then launder as usual.
- Check clothing before drying.
- If stain remains, repeat.
- If stain is still present, launder with a commercial rust remover. Commercial rust removers are for use only on white or colorfast fabrics.
SUNLESS TANNING AND BRONZING STAINS
Self tanning formulas are a combination stain of dye and oil.Start by removing the oily portion and then the dye stain. Take your time and most will come out with some effort.
- First flush any stains as quickly as possible with cold water.
- Hold the stain (wrong side) under a running stream of cold water. This will force the self-tanner out of the fabric instead of pushing it deeper into the fabric by rubbing.
- Mix a solution of dish detergent (this will help remove the oily component) and warm water and sponge the stain
- WorK from the outside of the stain to the inside.
- Gently rub the soapy solution into the stain.
Completely submerge the garment and allow it to soak for at least eight hours. Check the stain. If it is gone, wash as usual. If it remains, mix a fresh solution and repeat. It may take several soakings to remove the stain but it should come out. Do not place the garment in a dryer or hang in the sun until all stains are removed. High heat can permanently set the stains.