Caring for your Strut Active Goodies

Posted by Christi Massey-Hicks on

One of most important thing you can do to prolong the life of your costume/leotard is to wash it after being used, especially after a day at the beach or pool, this will eliminate the chemicals and harmful substances that damage its delicate fibers. These include as saltwater, chlorine, perspiration, oil from skin, sunscreen, suntan lotion, dirt and sand.
The materials that give a costume its vibrant colours and sleek fit are susceptible to deterioration when exposed to the elements. Certain washing methods can do more harm than good so it is important that you wash your costume gently. Aside from washing there are other factors to consider such as mildew prevention and avoiding picks and fraying. With proper care, your Strut Active costume will last for several seasons

Washing Instructions – Do not machine wash or use fabric softener

  1. Fill a basin with cool water and add a small amount of mild hand soap or washing detergent suitable for delicate items.
  2. Leave the costume/leotard soak for 10 to 15 minutes.
  3. Gently massage with your hands to work out the grime and dirt.
  4. Drain the soapy water and rinse until the water runs clear.
  5. Gently squeeze your costume a few times to remove excess water.

How to dry your costume

DO NOT wring or twist the costume

  • Lay it flat between two dry towels and roll them up gently pressing the towels so they absorb the excess water.
  • Alternatively, the costume can be laid flat in a ventilated area.
    Direct, bright sunlight should be avoided when drying to prevent fading.
  • Bathing suits should not be hung to dry since water collecting at the bottom can stretch the fabric.
  • Tumble dryers should not be used as the heat may damage the elastic fabrics.

Washing a New Costume

Soaking a new costume in vinegar helps prevent the colours from fading or bleeding keeping them brighter for longer.

  1. Add approximately a tablespoon of white vinegar to 1 litre of water in a bowl.
  2. Add the bathing suit and allow it to soak for 30 minutes.
    Gently massage with your hands.
  3. Drain and rinse.
  4. Gently squeeze your costume a few times to remove excess water.
  5. To dry, please see instruction above

Rinse Costumes Before Swimming

If possible rinse your costume before swimming in a pool, this will reduce the amount of chlorine it absorbs. A wet costume is not as porous and has no more room to soak up additional water.

Removing Sunscreen Stains from a Swimsuit

If sunscreen oil stains occur, baking soda or vinegar are gentle cleaners that may help remove them.

  • Sprinkle a generous amount of baking soda directly onto the stain and allow it to sit for one to two hours. Wash gently as above, do not scrub.
  • If using vinegar, dilute one part white vinegar in three parts warm water and soak the stain. White vinegar can also be applied directly to the stain. After soaking, wash gently as above, do not scrub.