It is officially summer and it’s hot. Wherever you are, it is swim season! If you’ve got kids, you’ve got a lot more swimsuits to keep clean more often. You already know all about Roux Maison Swimwear Detergent and how it keeps your suits from fraying and stretching and thoroughly removes sunscreen, salts, chlorine and everything else that gets embedded in swimwear. You know to always hand wash your swimwear and never use the machine. We’ve also explained how bad baby shampoo and hand soap and all of those other swimwear saver cleaning myths and hacks are for actually keeping your swimwear both clean and in good shape so it will last for years.
Now, we’re sharing the ultimate secret for colorfastness and to avoid color fading and running for all of your favorite swimwear. Yes, Roux Maison Swimwear Detergent will always help keep color intact. The secret is what you do before you ever wear or wash your suit for the first time. This works for black suits and any and all colors.
We’ve all had those favorite suits that looked amazing and then the colors ran or faded everywhere when we washed them for the first time and even with subsequent washings. These dyes are almost impossible to get out when they bleed. If you’re washing that suit with anything else, those colors are now all over everything else they touched too. Great.
We’ve got a surefire way to avoid this happening to you! Before you wear or wash your suit for the first time, soak it in a clean sink or tub of cool water with about a cup of plain white vinegar plus about one-fourth of a cup of table salt in the water. Swish it around with your hand and let it sit overnight or even up to 24 hours. It’s normal to see some color in the water. Rinse it out and then proceed to wash your suit by hand with a few drops of Roux Maison Swimwear Detergent. Allow to air dry and you’re good to go and the color will now be set in your suit.
The vinegar will seal in the dyes and keep them from running for all of your future wearings and washings. This is important to remember to do not only with all of your swimwear, but especially with kids’ suits. They aren’t always made with the best construction and dyes since they really aren’t made to last as long as yours. It is inevitable that at some point you’ll wash lots of different swimwear together and you will be crushed if that brightly colored kid’s swimsuit ruins everything else you put in the sink with it!
Keep in mind that when you lay everything out to dry, when wet items touch each other, they can still bleed on each other or on themselves. This can also happen when packing up wet suits after a day at the pool or beach. Wet swimwear under any circumstances anywhere can bleed if you haven’t set your color. Even if you’ve already washed and worn your swimwear, you should still follow these steps to set your colors and keep everything looking bright and new. Happy swimming and happy summer!