The general rule for any posing suit – whatever the fabric – is to wash the suit as soon as possible after use. Tanning creams and stains like Pro Tan, Jan Tana, and the like, ruin the fabric, as well as the rubbers and glue of the stones on decorated posing suits. Always wash your suits the same day after your competition – especially if your suits are decorated.
MEN OR WOMEN’S PLAIN SUITS
Velvet-Velour-Chenille Fabric: this fabric is the strongest. You can let your suits sit in warm water with a mild detergent for a few minutes. Gently scrub stains. For stubborn stains, use a stain remover such as Bioshout. Pour it on the stain and gently scrub with a soft toothbrush. Rinse and hang to dry. Some stubborn stains show less when dried.
Wet-Look Fabric – i.e. Lycra with small silver polka dot– and élite fabrics with metallic look: This fabric is quite strong. You can wash them just as you would withr chenille fabric – you can let your suits sit in warm water with a mild detergent for a few minutes. Gently scrub stains. For stubborn stains, use a stain remover such as Bioshout. Pour it on the stain but it is NOT advisable to scrub with a soft toothbrush asyou may ruin the metallic effect. Rinse and hang to dry. Some stubborn stains show less when dried.
Metallic Fabric – i. e. gold, silver, metallic blue and violet: This fabric is as beautiful as delicate. It is advisable to make an effort to protect them from any staining. Wash in COLD water with a tiny amount of a mild detergent. Do not let sit in water. For stubborn stains, try to gently remove them under running water by using your fingertips. Rinse and wring as gently as you can. Place your suits on a towel on a flat surface and let dry. Do not use clothes pegs. The main inconvenience with metallic fabric is fade discoloring.
WOMEN’S DECORATED SUITS
If you take gentle care of your decorated suits, they will be as good as new for many competitions. As advised for all suits, wash your suits as soon as possible. Let them sit in cold water with a mild detergent for no longer than one minute. For stubborn stains, gently scrub with your fingertips taking extra care not to ruin the stone glue. You can use a stain remover such as Bioshout. Pour it on the stain. Rinse thoroughly under running water until the suits are suds and soap-free. Soap traces dull the stones shine. Do not use a fabric conditioner.Before discharge the water, check if there are any stones detached from the suits. You can easily re-attach them – see below. Gently remove as much water as possible from your suits – do not wring. Let the suits drip dry completely. You can hang them on the washtub faucets. Hang it to dry when the excess water has been ridden. The best method for drying would be on a flat surface – no clothes pegs and no direct source of heat (e. g. radiators). If any stones are detached, use a tiny amount of fabric glue or Attack glue to re-attach them. This is a good method for a small fix. For bigger repairs or for decorate the entire suits, do not use this method because it can make the fabric stiff.
Note: This fabric is elastic and some stones can detach during washing or while wearing the suits – or when stretched while putting the suit on. It is not aesthetically an issue or very noticeable when a few stones become detached. You can easily repair the stones by following the method above or ask me for help.