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 hand wash them and follow the rest of their instructions. For further information 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 underwires 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 delicate fabrics. 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 must 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 underwires. It's best to dry in the shade, and avoid direct sunlight, and heated towel rails! Do not iron either.
STORING YOUR BRAS
Moulded cup bras will pucker and crease if squished or twisted, which can shorten their life. Push the cups out and place 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.
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.
If you do need to wash your swimsuit in a machine, use a delicates bag and a gentle cycle with cold water, 30 degrees or less.
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. Dry it flat in a shaded area outside or a ventilated area indoors. Never put a swimsuit in a dryer.
- Do not dry clean, iron or bleach. Make sure a swimsuit is 100% dry before storing.
- Store flat, rather than hanging up.
- If you find there are granules of sand left in 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.
- 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 spa pool.
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.