When you buy a new swimsuit, you know how to take care of it to make it last. Same with any new clothes that come in, you look to see if they're hand wash only or if they are machine washable. The same goes with how to care for a rash guard. You should make sure you know exactly how to wash it, and the best means of storing it to ensure it has a long life.

How to Care for a Rash Guard

Just like your swimsuit, there are a few steps you'll need to follow to ensure that your rash guard stays in good shape for years to come. Just like a swimsuit, after you're done out in the sun or playing in the ocean, you'll want to rinse your rash guard out with cool water immediately after wearing. After you've properly rinsed it in cool water, go ahead and hand wash it in cool water using a gentle soap. Once clean and rinsed out, you'll want to hang dry it, out of the direct sun. Because of the lightweight materials, it will dry in no time, and you'll then be able to move into the next step, which is putting it away.

How to Store a Rash Guard

What many people don't realize is that storing your rash guard is just as important as properly washing it. The way you store an item can help determine how long it will last, and if you store a rash guard improperly, you may find yourself needing to replace it much sooner than you'd prefer. Luckily, there are some specific storage don'ts that will help you to properly store it.

One way you don't want to store it is by folding it or balling it up. This can damage the fabric material, and you'll find that your rash guard wears out much sooner when stored this way.

The best way to store a rash guard is by either hanging it in your closet or laying it flat in a drawer. This will allow it to retain its shape and its longevity. We know this isn't always the easiest, especially if you're tight on space, but resist the urge to just toss it into your closet in a haphazard way. You'll thank yourself in a few years when you still have an adorable rash guard to wear that looks as good as it did when it first arrived.

Rash Guard Don'ts

There are certain things that you absolutely should not do with your Lime Ricki rash guard, and we've put them below that way your rash guard will last and look good for years to come.

  • Don't put it in your car in direct sunlight. When you're done wearing it, it can be tempting to just toss it in your car on the seat, but this can cause damage to the material, so make sure you only have it in direct sunlight while you are wearing it.
  • Don't iron. There's no reason to try to iron a rash guard, as the heat could severely damage the fabric.
  • Stay away from chemicals. If you happen to be wearing your rash guard and get into oil or gasoline, it will be practically impossible to get the stains out and the fabric will be weakened. If this happens, you'll want to replace your rash guard.