A Guide to Caring for Your Nylon Lycra Rashie & Swimwear

A Guide to Caring for Your Nylon Lycra Rashie & Swimwear

At Radicool Australia, we know that purchasing a high-quality rashie is an investment in your health and well-being, allowing you to enjoy the sun safely with superior UV protection. Made from UPF 50+ Nylon Lycra, our rashies offer not only exceptional sun protection but also durability and comfort. To ensure you get the most out of your Rashie, follow these care tips to maintain its integrity and extend its lifespan.

Understanding the Material

Nylon Lycra, known for its excellent stretch and recovery, quick-drying properties, and resistance to chlorine and saltwater, is ideal for swimwear. The UPF 50+ rating means that the fabric will block 98% of the sun’s harmful UV rays, protecting your skin while you’re out in the sun. However, like all fabrics, it requires proper care to keep it performing at its best.

Washing Your Rashie

  1. Rinse After Use: Always rinse your rashie in cold water after use, even if you don't have time for a full wash. Saltwater, chlorine, and oils from your skin can degrade the fabric over time, so it’s important to remove these elements as soon as possible.
  2. Wash Gently: Hand wash your rashie in cold water with a mild detergent. While it might be tempting to throw it in the washing machine for convenience, hand washing is gentler and helps the fabric maintain its elasticity. If you must use a washing machine, make sure to use a gentle cycle and place the rashie in a mesh laundry bag to prevent stretching and snagging.
  3. Avoid Harsh Chemicals: Steer clear of bleach and other harsh chemicals. These can break down the fibers of your rashie and reduce its elasticity and protective properties. Also, avoid fabric softeners, as they can coat the fibers and diminish the rashie’s quick-drying and moisture-wicking capabilities.

Drying and Storage

  1. Do Not Wring Out Your Rashie: Wringing out your rashie can stretch the fabric. Instead, after washing, gently squeeze out the excess water.
  2. Air Dry: Always air dry your rashie away from direct sunlight and heat sources. Direct heat can degrade the fibers quickly and reduce the effectiveness of the UPF coating. Hang it or lay it flat in a shaded, well-ventilated area.
  3. Store Properly: Once dry, store your rashie in a cool, dry place. Avoid folding it under heavy items as that could cause permanent creases and fabric strain.

Other Care Tips

  1. Avoid Rough Surfaces: Be mindful of where you sit or lean when wearing your rashie, as rough surfaces can cause pilling and abrasions, compromising the fabric’s integrity.
  2. Rotate Swimwear: If you swim frequently, consider rotating between different rashies. This gives the fabric a chance to rest and regain its shape between wears.
  3. Immediate Care: If your rashie gets stained, treating the stain immediately can prevent permanent discoloration. Use a gentle, environmentally friendly stain remover appropriate for Nylon Lycra fabrics.


By following these simple care guidelines, you can ensure that your Radicool rashie remains vibrant, effective, and in great condition for many sunny days to come. Remember, a little care goes a long way in preserving the life of your swimwear, allowing you to enjoy every ocean dip and pool dive worry-free. Protect your skin, and your investment, with proper rashie care – because at Radicool, we're committed to helping you beat the heat safely and stylishly.