What Should I Know About Using A Swimsuit In My Hot Tub?

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June 2015
When it comes to swim suits and your hot tub, there are a few basic things to consider:
1. Should I have a separate swimsuit just for my hot tub? 

It’s not a bad idea. You probably don’t want to use a suit that’s been at the lake or the ocean, because you don’t want to bring minerals or even biological agents into your hot tub. Suits you use at the pool or lake will also tend to accumulate lotion or sunscreen, which will also compromise the quality of the water in hot tubs. 
2. Will hot tub chemicals damage my swimsuit? 
Hot tub chemicals can be tough on a suit over time. It’s a good idea to choose a suit that’s made with durable fabrics such as nylon. Suits that contain a larger blend of Lycra® spandex will tend to show wear much more quickly, especially in hot tubs that use chlorine. 
3. Will my suit fade? 
Even swimsuits made with synthetic fabrics will fade over time if chlorine is used as a sanitizer, but much less so than fabrics made from natural fibers. Bromine, the standard treatment in Caldera Spas hot tubs, is not harsh on fabrics. Treatments used by other hot tub brands may tend to be more detrimental to fabrics and seams. 
4. What about using an old swimsuit? 

Great idea, especially if you don’t care about the fashion of the moment. Make sure your suit is thoroughly rinsed before use. It’s also a good idea to rinse your suit after every use, but if it’s an old one, you won’t feel terribly guilty if you just hang it up to dry. 
5. How should I wash my hot tub suit? 

Short answer, don’t. The sanitizing agents that keep your hot tub water fresh and clean will do the same for your suit. The action of a washer and the heat of the dryer will also decrease the life of your suit. It’s always a good idea to hand rinse and line dry, but if you forget to rinse, don’t beat yourself up over it. Just make sure you hang it up to dry. 
A wet suit that’s stuffed in a bag or tossed on the floor can develop mold and mildew problems that aren’t good for you or your hot tub. 
When you launder your swimsuit, you’ll quickly discover that not all the detergent is rinsed from it. As a result, you’ll notice foam building up in your hot tub when you turn on the jets. If you must launder your suit, rinse, rinse and rinse before use. Better yet, just don’t launder it. 
6. What about my friend’s swimsuits? 

You should suggest that they rinse their suits well before using your hot tub to remove as much detergent as possible. Even though it’s never as much fun to put on a wet swimsuit, it’s hardly an unreasonable request. 
Are you comfortable asking friends to rinse their suits before entering your spa? 
When’s the last time you bought a new swimsuit? 
How often do you launder your swimsuit? 


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