Chlorine-Resistant Swimwear Fabrics
Benefits of Creora® HighClo™
Find a Solution to Chlorine Damage
The smell of sunscreen, ocean beaches, and chlorine all have one thing in common. It must be summertime! Have you ever broken out that swimsuit after a long winter only to find it has since lost its shape and support? Or maybe it’s time to start training for your next swim meet, and the team’s swimsuit colors have faded. It happens to all of us… due to chlorine. That’s why it’s important to know what to look for when finding chlorine-resistant swimwear fabrics.
Consequences of Chlorine
Chlorine, though so nostalgic of sunny days and backyard barbeques, wreaks havoc on our skin, hair, and our treasured swimwear. It is one of the most manufactured chemicals in the U.S. due to its success and widespread use in killing harmful bacteria. It is heavily used in swimming pools for just that reason – keeping swimmers safe.
But fabric’s repeated exposure to chlorine can:
- Loosen the compression
- Deteriorate the fabric strength
- Fade or alter the colors
The best way to ensure your swim collections keep customers happy for many swimsuit seasons to come is by finding high-quality, specialty swimwear fabric.
How to Choose High-Quality Swimwear Fabrics
When it comes to choosing the right fabric for your swimwear collection, it’s important to consider that not all wholesale stretch fabrics are made equal. Here are three properties to look for when choosing fabric.
1. Chlorine-Resistant Swimwear Fabrics
Creora® HighClo™ Spandex is a great fiber to look for when it’s a top priority to protect your designs from harsh chemicals. It was specifically engineered to have a high level of chlorine resistance to ensure the garment retains its shape and lasts longer than other traditional swimwear fabrics – providing exceptional wear and durability, especially in chlorinated water.
On top of being a top-notch choice to protect clothing from chlorine, Creora HighClo Spandex makes a fantastic option for use in other garments. For instance, our Kira Matte Tricot Collection is a perfect choice for swimwear, but it’s also a great choice for other outdoor clothing – like beachwear, performance shorts, fashion apparel, ravewear, and more.
2. UPF-Rated Fabrics
Our Kira Collection is also rated UPF 50+. The Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF) indicates how much UV radiation (both ultraviolet A and ultraviolet B) is filtered through the fabric. High-rated UPF clothing is very desirable in activewear and outdoor wear since it provides optimal sun protection. By blending these benefits together, this collection protects both the garment from chlorine damage and the wearer from sun exposure.
3. Abrasion-Resistant Fabrics
Another important property to look for is abrasion resistance. Because chlorine damage can weaken fibers, finding a fabric that is specifically designed for optimum abrasion resistance is critical when designing swimwear. Think of when swimmers are sitting on the pool’s edge or on any rough surface. That type of contact often causes pilling on generic swimwear fabric. Our Kira fabrics are highly rated for abrasion resistance. Using the testing method ASTM D 135 – Random tumble at 30 minutes photographic rating STD, Kira tested at 4 – 4.5 out of 5. This proves that it retains a high resistance to pilling.
Take A Look at Another Innovative Chlorine-Proof Swimwear Fabric
Chlorine-proof fabrics truly do exist. We can take our chlorine-resistant properties up a notch with fabrics made with the XLANCE® fiber. Our Atlantis Recycled and Nautilus Recycled fabrics are both made with XLANCE elastomer fibers. These fabrics are not only chlorine-proof but also resistant to creams/oils and provide the highest UV protection available. It’s truly the latest technology in chlorine-proof fabric! Read our blog post The Future of Sustainable Stretch Fibers to find out more about XLANCE.
Ready to dive into more details? Contact our Fabric Experts to find the best fabric fit for your next project.