CARING FOR YOUR LINGERIE
Manufacturers have their own specific instructions for garment care and these will be on the product labels. To keep it in top condition like the day you took it home, and to be covered for any flaws in the garment please follow these instructions and see our return terms & conditions.
Hand washing is the gentlest way to care for your lingerie, as machine washing can shrink the fabric, misshape the wires and cause them to push through the fabric. We also recommend you wash non-wired bras by hand too. Even though there are no under-wires to break or bend, you still want to protect the delicate fabrics, colours, and hooks and eyes. Cool water with a light detergent is best, as hot water can damage the delicate fabrics including lace, embroidery and elastic. Our range of Eucalan 'no rinse delicate wash' has revolutionised the way all of us at The Fitting Room care for our lingerie. Have a look at the different scents available, and we encourage you to give it a try!
If you do need to use the machine, wash at 30 degrees Celsius or less, on a delicate cycle, and do up the hooks to prevent them catching. Always place in a lingerie wash bag.
When you take moulded cup bras out of the wash, reshape the cups with your hands. Do not wring or stretch your lingerie. Never use the tumble dryer, as the hot temperatures and movement are hard on the fabrics and colours, and risky for under-wires. It's best to dry in the shade, and avoid direct sunlight, and heated towel rails! Do not iron either.
Hand wash and dry as with the other styles. It is worth considering having more than one sports bra in your wardrobe - depending on how often you exercise, it will help you to have time to wash and dry your bras thoroughly between use. As a guide, the manufacturer recommends you replace your sports bra after 30-40 washes, or as often as you replace your sports shoes. This ensures you are still getting the right amount of support (jump up and down - it's the best way to test!). It's particularly important with a sports bra to make sure the fabrics are firm, and still doing their job.
STORING YOUR BRAS
Moulded cup bras will pucker and crease if squished or twisted, which can definitely shorten their life. If you have the cups pushed out and sit the bras inside each other they will sit beautifully inside a drawer and keep their shape for a very long time.
HOW TO CARE FOR YOUR SHAPEWEAR
- Cold or warm hand wash (see product tag)
- Wash colours separately
- Hang or lay flat in shade to dry
- No tumble drying
- Do not iron
- Do not bleach
- Do not dry clean
After finding a fabulous swimsuit you want to keep it looking sharp and fresh as long as possible. Paying a little extra attention to your swimsuit will be more than worth it! Above all, please follow the manufacturer's instructions on the label inside the swimsuit as it may require special care not listed here. However, these are our general recommendations.
The first step to caring for your swimsuit is also the most important. Rinse it immediately after use in cold tap water. They key is to rid the swimsuit of chemicals and substances that can cause it to break down. These include those like chlorine, perspiration, sunscreen, tanning lotion, sand, and salt water.
Even if you have been sunbathing, it is still recommended to rinse your swimsuit afterwards as body oils, lotions, sunscreen and sand can damage the elasticity of the material.
The combination of sun and chemicals can speed up the deterioration of the swimsuit. If you are lucky enough to be holidaying in an exotic location that has outdoor showers by the beach or pool, it is worth giving yourself a quick rinse once you come out of water before sunbathing.
Most manufacturers will recommend hand washing. Our Eucalan No Rinse Delicate Wash is great for this! Do not wring or twist a swimsuit when washing - give it a gentle massage, just like one you'd receive on a lovely holiday.
If you do need to wash your swimsuit in a machine, use a delicates bag and run through a gentle cycle with cold water, 30 degrees or less. Make sure there are other like-coloured items in the machine to prevent over-agitation
SUNSCREEN STAINS ON YOUR SWIMSUIT?
The best way to avoid sunscreen stains on a swimsuit is it let the lotion absorb completely before putting the suit on. If you do get a stain, here are two tips that may help remove them:
Baking soda - sprinkle a generous amount directly onto the stain, let it sit for one or two hours before hand washing as usual.
Vinegar - dilute one part white vinegar in three parts warm water and soak the stain. You should also be able to apply white vinegar directly to the stain (without diluting) if it a particularly bad stain. After soaking, hand wash as usual.
Do not wring out your swimsuit. If you wish to get rid of extra moisture, lay it flat on a towel then roll the towel tightly so it absorbs the excess water. Unroll then lay flat. Dry it flat in a shaded area outside (shaded area prevents fading), or ventilated area indoors. If you hang up your swimsuit on a clothes line directly after rinsing the water will all drip downwards collecting at the bottom and stretching the fabric...a stretched bottom is not idea! Never put a swimsuit in a dryer.
- Do not dry clean, iron or bleach. Make sure a swimsuit is 100% dry before storing.
- If you must travel for a length of time with a wet swimsuit - pack it in a plastic bag put poke holes in the bag to prevent mildew growth and wrap a towel around the bag to catch the moisture.
- Store flat, rather than hanging up, this helps keep it in tip top shape.
- If you find there are granules of sand left in the fibres of the swimsuit even after washing, here's a trick - wait until the swimsuit is dry and (slowly but surely) stretch the fabric over your fingernails and this will "flick out" the sand gains.
- Avoiding sitting and laying on rough, harsh surfaces without a towel. If you are planning on wearing a swimsuit most days for lane swimming or a tropical getaway, one of the best things you can do is have more than one swimsuit. Most swimsuits contain spandex (same as lycra and elastane), which is a memory fibre that takes 24 hours to return to its' original condition following correct rinsing, washing and drying.
- Of all the types of swimming you can do, sitting in a jacuzzi spa with hot chlorinated water is the harshest environment for your swimsuit. For this reason, you may wish to keep your absolutely favourite swimsuit out of the jacuzzi.
We will continue to search and offer your fashionable swimwear of the highest quality that gives superb fit, comfort and support.
HOW TO CARE FOR YOUR BREAST PROSTHESIS
- When not in use, always store your breast form correctly in the case provided. This will help to protect it from possible damage and will also help to retain the shape.
- Wash your breast form by hand using soap and warm water or take it into the shower. Liquid soap is handy and easy to use.
- Pat dry with a soft towel. Your prosthesis is ready to wear or put in the original box immediately after drying.
- On prostheses with a microfiber backing, the fabric should not be pulled or torn when wet. Dab the wet textile section with a towel. Drying time is approximately 1 hour.
- Salt water and water with chlorine or sunscreen are not damaging, but aggressive cleaning agents and solvents will damage the prosthesis.
- Keep away from pointed or sharp objects (such as pins, brooches, thorns or animal claws). These can damage the film and such damage is not repairable.
ADDITIONAL CARE TIPS FOR ADHESIVE PROSTHESES
- Do not use fabric or paper towels to dry your breast form as these leave residues on the adhesive surfaces.
- Neutral liquid soap (without silicone) is good for washing the prosthesis.