How To Care For Your Swim Cap
When it comes down to the essentials for swim, such as gear, caps are one of them. Not only do swim caps help decrease drag when swimming, but they also keep your hair down, protect your scalp, and ensures that you have a stress free swim.
But due to poor aftercare, many swim caps only last for a short amount of time. Leaving both a hole in your cap and your wallet. So if you don’t want that, cause I certainly wouldn’t want that, read this guide on how to care for your swim caps.
Obviously, a necessity for caring and extending the life of your swim cap is washing them. This also keeps them soft and helps them keep their elasticity. So below is going to be a guide on how to do precisely that.
Something that should stand out due to it being the most critical detail and the easiest thing to do is merely washing your cap after each swim. Even if you swam in salt, soft, hard, or chlorinated water, you just have to clean it afterwards no matter what. So why exactly should you wash your cap with fresh water?
You can’t do it with water that contains minerals or any chemicals because it will degrade the plastic after some amount of time. I know it’s terrible that you have to go out of the way to find pure water to wash your cap. Caring for your belongings?! What?! How silly.
Anyway, that is beside the point. But chemicals, especially like salt and chlorine, can just eat up the materials swim caps are made out of like silicone, latex, nylon, elastic, and sometimes neoprene caps! An easy solution to prevent this now say it with me. WASH. YOUR. CAPS!
Seriously, even if you don’t wash it for just to prevent your swim cap from breaking down, you should wash it because of the bacteria which can cause ear infections, fungal infections on your scalp, and just the general idea of there being nastiness on your cap.
Now then after you are done cleaning off your cap, you will need to let it dry. It’s best to dry it off a bit manually and then let it air dry the rest of the way. It helps to make sure that there is no water for bacteria to grow or breed in. Gross, I know. Besides preventing bacteria from developing, this also helps allow the cap not to stick to itself. This especially goes for latex caps.
By drying the cap correctly, the cap basically won’t stick to itself. But other materials such as lycra and neoprene can just be hung up to dry and don’t really need to be dried by hand, but if you want to make sure the cap is totally dry, then you can go inside and around it with a quick go of a towel. Or another thing to do is to keep some baby powder on hand to put in there. This dries it up real quick and prevents the cap from sticking to itself.
Taking proper care of your gear can keep in soft and give it more life. So you don’t have to get rid of your gear quickly due to it getting stuck to itself.
Now when storing your caps is just a whole other beast compared to washing and drying them. Think of it as an add on sort of situation. So a big thing that also ruins most gear, especially goggles and caps, is the dreaded sunlight! You must keep all of your gear out of direct light when you are not using it because it can age your equipment significantly, kind of like skin. So make sure to put it either in your bag or someplace away from exposure from the sun.
Also, when putting it down, don’t put your cap flat; put your cap on its crown. Placing it on its crown can help make sure it doesn’t collapse or change shape. You can also use one of those fancy hat stands that you see in old lady fancy hat stores. Using one of those bad boys can help keep your swanky cap in shape. Also, don’t store your cap in a damp and hot area.
Caps are very delicate and sensitive. They don’t need special treatment; just need regular care. Like a solid education system. Now regardless if you take the best and utmost care of your cap, accidents happen, so you must always have an extra cap around in case it tears. But besides that, caps can last for a few months and sometimes a good year. But if some discoloration or black spots show up, then that cap has to go.
With a robust care system, swim caps can endure many many months, stretches, scratches, and not tear. When people don’t purposely take care of them, they will need to get another swim cap very soon. For each time you use them, the wear on them increases significantly. Once mold, tears, and discoloration are set in, you will need to get a new cap then.