How to Take Care of Swim Gear

The right swim gear makes it a joy to jump in the water, lesson after lesson. And while most swim equipment is fairly low-maintenance, by following a few simple guidelines, you can extend its lifespan and keep it in tip-top shape.

Here are a few tips from our instructors on how to take great care of your swim gear.


Chlorine can take a toll on fabric over time, so it’s important to wash swimsuits carefully after every use. But don’t throw swimsuits in with the rest of the laundry in the washer and dryer! Harsh detergents and heat can cause swimsuits to stretch or fade prematurely. Instead:

  • Rinse the swimsuit in cool water immediately after getting out of the pool.
  • When you get home, soak the swimsuit in cold water with a spoonful of mild detergent (designed for delicate fabrics) or plain white vinegar.
  • After 15 to 30 minutes, rinse the swimsuit with cool water until the water runs clear.
  • Gently squeeze out excess water, and let the swimsuit dry flat; avoid letting it dry in direct sunlight (which can lead to fading).
  • Allow it to dry for 24 hours before wearing again.
  • Also, be careful about other factors that can damage a swimsuit: for example, wearing it in a hot tub, or sitting or leaning on rough surfaces.

Swim Caps

Chemical build-up can weaken the elasticity of swim caps. Rinse the swim cap with fresh water after every swim. Dry it thoroughly, inside and out, before storing it; wet caps are more susceptible to grow bacteria and mold. To keep the sides of the swim cap from sticking together, store it with a small towel inside, or sprinkle with a fine layer of talcum or baby powder.

Swim Goggles

To maintain clear, fog-free goggles, it’s best to handle them as little as possible. After swimming, rinse them in cool, fresh water, and allow them to air dry completely before storing them in a protective case. Avoid leaving them in the sun or hot water, which can damage the rubber. Don’t touch google lenses, particularly on the inside surface; this contact can leave scratches or damage the anti-fog coating on lenses.

Questions? Learn more about the Tom Dolan Swim School on our FAQ page.