Your bikinis and figure suits are 100% hand-made and considered delicate items. Extra care is needed when it comes to cleaning, handling and storing. Please follow the below instructions and if there’s anything else you would like to know, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Important - DO NOT:
- Machine wash (even with delicate or hand-wash cycles)
- Dry clean
- Use any harsh cleaning product like any alcohol base to try to remove stubborn stains
- Soak you suit
How to clean your bikini / figure suit
What you'll need
- A tablespoon of mild liquid detergent - We don't’ recommend power detergent because not all powder dissolves in water very quickly and they may get stuck inside the gaps between crystals or extra padding pocket. This will become quite tricky to get rid of them and as a result, the suit will end up being in water for longer than recommended, causing some damage to the fabric and crystal work.
- A large bucket or bowl big enough for about 3 liters of water.
- 3 liters of lukewarm water
- A soft brush (as soft as cosmetic powder brush) to remove stains that’s stuck in small gaps of the connectors or crystals.
- A small wet cloth to wipe the tan residue on the suit.
- A spot close to a water tap. You’ll be rinsing the suit under running water.
- Good quality paper towel to pat and absorb the excess water after rinsing.
Mix the recommended amount of liquid detergent and lukewarm water in the bucket. You may need more detergent depending on amount of water and tan residue on your suit.
Remove all parts that are removable e.g. extra padding material, removable straps or connectors or accessories. We don’t recommend washing everything if not necessary. Put them aside.
Place your bikini / figure suit 1 PIECE AT AT A TIME and finish cleaning one piece first before putting another piece into the water. This is to reduce the unnecessary amount of time that the garment is soaked in the water, causing damage to the fabric, connectors or the crystal work.
Only clean the dirty spots, not everywhere to save time. Be as gentle as you can, clean the crystal parts with the brush and use the wet cloth to rub the tan residue on the inside of the suit. Try not to spend longer than 3 minute in cleaning it. A minute over is ok but try to be as quick as you can is ideal. You may find that the glue used on crystal swells up and turn white after the suit is wet for a while. Do not panic. Also, DO NOT try to remove it. Once it dries up it will look the same again.
Take the garment out of the water and gently squeeze the water out with two hands pressing against each other. DO NOT TWIST.
Turn on the tap, rinse the garment under the tap and squeeze the garment as recommended above while being under running water. Do this for one minute and again gently squeeze the excess water out
With 5-6 layers of paper towel place flat on the floor. Put the garment on top and place another 5-6 layers on top and slowly and gently press it down for the paper to absorb the water. Repeat as necessary before laying flat on top of layers of paper towel to dry in a shade.
- Repeat from step 3 on the other piece of garment.
- Be very very gentle.
- Try to be as quick as you can.
- It is almost impossible to completely clean the tan residue and have your suit back in the as new condition again because of limited time you have in cleaning the suit. The longer you take to clean the suit, the more likely the crystal work is going to get damaged.
- Use as much paper towel as needed. The less time it takes for the suit to dry the better.
- Do not dry the suit under direct sun. Instead, pick a warm but shady spot to leave you suit to dry.
- Turn the suit over when one side is dry to speed up the drying process.
- Always try to wash your suit as soon as possible and don't let the tan set/dry any longer than possible. These suits are for show only. Avoid hot tubs, Jacuzzis, Salt Water and highly chlorinated pools.
- Wait until your suit is fully dry before storing your suit. Do not use a hair-dryer or other heat-generating appliances as it may ruin the embellishments.
How to store you suit
Store your suit in a dry box or the Muscle Dazzle box that came with the suit. Make sure your suit is completely dry before wrapping it loosely with soft tissue paper (such as the tissue paper that came with your suit originally, or alternatively paper towels).
Store your costume in a box until your next show. We don't recommend hanging your costume in your wardrobe due to moisture and dust that could get on it while waiting for the next use.