Caring for your suit in the appropriate manner is the best way possible to ensure that it will not deteriorate in an untimely manner.
How to care for your Mitra Swimwear
Love your Mitra and your Mitra will love you back!
With our ethos being a sustainable swimwear brand, we want your pieces to last. We recommend a gentle, low-impact approach.
Unfortunately, washing anything made from synthetics sheds microfibres that can be pollutants if they wind up in the ocean.
Thoughtfully designed to be worn season after season, we have created this care guide to keep your Mitra The Label Swimwear pieces in pristine condition. If treated well, your Mitra The Label swimwear will continue to support you in any ocean, any beach and any pool.
Here are some environmentally-conscious tips on how to care for your swimwear! Please follow our recommendations and your pieces will last for those moments by the water and to maintain your swimwear's condition, colour and shape.
Wearing your 'kinis
- Avoid sitting on rough surfaces. Use a towel to prevent snagging.
- Try to keep out of direct sunlight and try to avoid letting your swimsuit remain cold and damp after you use it in the pool.
- Aim to apply sunscreen before you put the pieces on, as sunscreen is designed for the skin, not swimsuits. Our swimsuits already have excellent UV protection and are ultra-chlorine resistant.
Note - Avoid highly chlorinated pools as this can cause discolouration.
Washing your 'kinis
We love hand washing our bikinis and swimsuits in cold water, to help limit the amount of microfibres shed in our oceans.
- Hand wash your swimwear before its initial use.
- Sea salt and chlorine are both harsh cleaning agents on materials, so we recommend washing your piece after you wear it. Simply take a shower after a swim in cold freshwater, then lay the swimwear piece flat to dry.
Always hand wash your swimsuit in fresh cold soapy water after each use, with a mild and gentle detergent. ideally, soak your suit in a bowl or in the sink for at least 20 minutes before adding a small cap full of a gentle hand soap that contains no moisturisers, or a gentle detergent specifically formulated for fabrics with a high spandex content. Gently work the soapy water through the entire suit and make sure to rinse thoroughly in cold water until all soap is gone.
Rinse well after each contact with salt or chlorine water.
We're aware that washing our pieces can release tiny micro-fibres into the water system. To address this concern, we recommend using a GuppyFriend bag or a similar solution. It's simple: just hand wash your swimwear in the bag, and it will capture those pesky micro-plastic fibres.
Together, we can keep our waters pristine and protect the environment.
Drying your 'kinis
Skip the dryer (and the greenhouse gas emissions) and air dry your bikinis.
Make sure to lay your pieces out as flat as possible. Avoid direct sunlight and lay your suits in a cool, dry place for a drying method that requires zero energy.
- Once washed lay flat to dry. Avoid ringing.
- Please DON'T iron your swimsuit and avoid tumble drying too.
We know you have a favourite bikini, but the key to making it last longer is to wait until it's completely dry to wear it again. If you're planning to spend a few days in a row dressed in a bikini (lucky!), plan on bringing a couple of different suits to wear.