Swimsuits are meant to attach tightly with your body exposing your physical beauty stunningly. Unfortunately, over the years, the swimsuit might stretch due to temperature or other reasons. Also, you might have lost weight or brought the wrong size.
Whatever may be the reason, shrinking a stretched or oversized swimsuit is always a better option than investing in a new one. Hence, knowing how to shrink a swimsuit will help you quickly address the over-sized or loose swimsuit and shrink it to fit your physique with perfection.
You can use a dryer or iron (it seems ironic but works well) to shrink the swimsuit and wear it confidently.
Two Tips on How to Shrink A Swimsuit:
Swimsuit or bath suit is typically made of three materials. These materials are-
- Polyester: It will hardly stretch or shrink. Yet, you can opt for our techniques to shrink it only slightly. But aren’t slighting size reduction is enough?
- Nylon: often stretches with high temperature and gets loose over time. Also, swimsuits made of nylon are damaged with the intensity.
- Spandex: It comes with a minimum elasticity and stretches tremendously with high-temperature. It might even get melt with overheat.
But how do we minimize such stretch or over-sized issues? Luckily, you have two alternatives to shrink the swimsuit. These options are-
- Using a dryer
- Using an iron
Now, let’s see the two techniques with our detailed steps.
Tip 1: Shrinking swimsuit with a dryer
A hot cloth dryer is almost part and parcel in most homes. You can use it to shrink the swimsuit. But, you will need time and patience for it.
Step 1: Turing the swimsuit inside out
This a rule while washing any cloth. You will have to turn the swimsuit carefully inside out. It helps you to protect the pigmentation and color of the suit. It protects the paint from running out and maintains the perfect hue of the cloth.
Also, if it has a padded bra insert, remove it before washing.
Step 2: Washing the swimsuit
You should always use cool water to wash the swimsuit. Pour a necessary amount of mild detergent in a sink filled with water. The detergent must not contain any artificial dye or bleach it. Keep the swimsuit in the detergent mixed water for 10-15 minutes to allow the grime, dirt, and oil chemicals to soften.
Then wash it in the water and drain the detergent. Rinse the cloth with clean water several times until it is free of suds and detergent residue. It is essential since any particles such as oil, dryer, or sunscreen on the cloth will make it rigid and inflexible during the drying time.
Step 3: Soaking the swimsuit in warm water
You need to boil water in a kettle or a pot. Then, pour the boiled water into the large bowl or sink and submerge the washed cloth in it. It would take around 20 minutes to cool down the water allowing the cloth to soak properly.
This heat would prepare the fabric for shrinkage.
Step 4: Drying the swimsuit
Once you have soaked the swimsuit, keep it inside the dryer. Now set the dryer temperature at the highest setting for the best shrinking result. Don’t load the dryer with laundry so that the appliance can deliver the maximum heat to the suit.
It will quickly shrink the swimsuit as much as possible.
Step 5: Cool off the swimsuit
After you have heated the swimsuit to dry with the dryer, you will let it cool down properly. Keep it in a cool and tidy location at room temperature. You need to give the suit at least 10 minutes to cool off properly.
Never wear the swimsuit directly from the dryer since the elastic will still carry the heat and burn if it comes to body contact. It might even injure your skin.
Depending on the looseness of the swimsuit, you might have to repeat the whole process several times. Remember that if the suit doesn’t shrink to your desired requirement even after 3 washes, it won’t shrink any more. Consider buying a new swimsuit then.
Tip 2: Shrinking swimsuit with an iron:
Ironing the swimsuit is another wonderful alternative to shrink it. You will have to use an iron and iron board for the purpose.
- Wash and rinse the cloth in cool and clean water. The washing and rinsing process will remain the same as we have described in the previous section. Also, make sure to wring out the entire water from it. But ensure that it isn’t dry; you have wrung the excess water only.
- Put the cloth on the iron board and cover it with a 100%$ pure cotton fabric. If you lack the cotton material, use your handkerchief or any scrap piece of clothing for the covering.
- During the dryer usage, we had set it in the highest setting. But it is a different case with the iron machine. Set it in medium or low settings after switching it on properly. Since you will iron a wet swimsuit, you won’t have to use the steamer for it.
- Ironing the swimsuit in a low or medium setting will take an extended time to dry the cloth. But it will allow the fabric to shrinkage better. Also, you won’t need to add moisture.
- When you iron the swimsuit, press the appliance down firmly. Also, make sure you don’t press the cloth too hard. Press the iron from bottom to top or vice versa with long strokes. Don’t press the iron abruptly.
- Iron both sides of the swimsuit evenly. For this, you will have to flit it from time to time. You will have to continue the pressing procedure until the swimsuit is entirely dry.
- Allow the dress to cool down for at least 10 minutes so that the spandex doesn’t get burnt.
We have described two of the easiest methods on how to shrink a swimsuit. But it will be helpful to prevent the stretching than trying to reduce it. Hence, it is strongly suggested that you wash the swimsuit properly after every use.
Also, store the swimsuit in a cool and dry location. Make sure the surface isn’t rough. Otherwise, it might snag and become unusable.