How does Chlorine Affect Your Swimwear?

We all know that chlorine effects swimwear. I’m sure we’ve all had the unfortunate experience of a beloved swimsuit fading and losing its shape. Sagging fabric, colours no longer vibrant, and elastic starting to show through.

Chlorine breaks down the fibres in stretch swim fabric, disintegrating the elastic and causing colours to fade. Combine chlorine with heated water and you get an even more devastating result.

Chlorine basically eats away at your swimwear. Public pools and spas, including those at hotels and on cruise ships, require a higher concentration of chlorine to keep algae and other bacteria at bay. Most home pools use a lot less chlorine, especially salt water and mineral based pools.

Swimming in pools is a major part of the Australian lifestyle, so what can we do to ensure our swimwear doesn’t fall apart? Protecting your swimwear from chlorine is important for prolonging the life of a swimsuit and needs to be considered when choosing your next piece.

Woman with long blonde hair wears chlorine resistant Corsica Turquoise floral and black long sleeve one piece swimsuit

Confidently shop for pool safe swimwear with our chlorine resistant swim collection


Which swimwear is pool safe?

It is possible to enjoy chlorinated pools without worrying about destroying your swimwear. Chlorine resistant swimwear is made from 100% polyester. It is free of the elastic fibres that are affected by pool chemicals making it more durable and safe from damage.

Chlorine resistant swimwear made from 100% polyester is also safe from colour fade. You can feel confident that your pool safe swimwear will retain its beautiful colour even after consistent wear in chlorine. Investing in high quality, chlorine resistant swimwear will ensure your bathers keep their shape, hold their integrity, and maintain their colour intensity.

Be sure to check in the online description and read the swing tag to ensure your new swimsuit is safe for swimming in public pools and spas with high levels of chlorine and heat. Look for the words “chlorine resistant” or “100% polyester” to be certain you are buying the appropriate swimsuit for your needs.

Once you have your chlorine resistant swimsuit, make sure you prolong its life by caring for it properly.

3 women wear different styles of chlorine resistant navy and white dots swimwear

Maintain the vibrant colour of your swimwear with 100% polyester swim fabric


How to take care of your swimwear

Choosing the right swimsuit for chlorinated pools is the first step to getting the most out of your investment. Taking proper care of it will ensure you can enjoy it for longer.

While chlorine resistant fabric is durable and long lasting, it is not indestructible. Proper care is required to maintain its look and feel. We advise following these instructions to keep your chlorine resistant swimsuit looking better for longer.

— Hand wash separately in cold water
— Rinsing with a pool wash is highly recommended
— Use mild detergent
— Do not wring, soak or bleach
— Do not tumble dry
— Drip dry in shade
— Do not leave rolled up wet
— Rinse thoroughly after use
— Do not iron
— Do not dry clean
— Some colours may fade in sunlight
— Some colours may bleed or transfer when wet
— To remove trapped sand, gently run fingernail over dried swimwear fabric
— Avoid contact with rough surfaces as this may cause pilling to swimwear
— Avoid contact with sun tan lotions, oils, rough surfaces

Rinsing your swimsuit as soon as you can after wearing it in the pool will ensure the chlorine doesn’t sit in the fibres. Take good care of your swimsuit and you’ll be enjoying it for seasons to come.

With a fabulous range of chlorine resistant swimwear styles to choose from, you can easily find a swimsuit to suit you and your needs. Happy shopping!

woman with slicked back brown hair wears black chlorine resistant tank tankini top with high waisted pant. Woman with long red hair wears black chlorine resistant long sleeve one piece

Chlorine resistant swimwear is chic and stylish, designed to last for several seasons


For more inspiration and information on choosing the best chlorine resistant swimsuit, read our blog on how to find the right pool safe swimwear for you.  

January 25, 2023