Tips for Mermaids – Caring for Your Tail

Would You Like to Be a Mermaid?

mermaidsRecently more and more swimmers are donning mermaid swim tails and gliding through the water like real mermaids and mermen. The mer-community has grown all over the world, so watch your pools and the ocean this summer for these mermaids splashing in the water. Becoming a mermaid or merman is great fun, and easy to do. Just buy a mermaid swim tail costume from any online company, such as AquaTails, then learn to swim like a mermaid!

Being a mermaid is more than just swimming and acting like a mermaid. You have to know how to care for your mermaid swim tail, so that it will last as long as possible. This is especially important for spandex fabric tails, but also essential for the neoprene and silicone tails as well.

The care for all three kinds of tails is basically the same. Just like a swimsuit, after each use (in the pool or the ocean), you need to rinse out your tail well, preferably in cool water. Never put your tail in hot water of any kind (sorry, no hot tubs).

After you’ve rinsed out the chlorine and/or salt, then you will want to drape your tail over something strong enough to hold it up while it drips out. It will drip quite a bit of water. A pool deck chair or rail works well, or you can drape it inside of a bathtub. Make sure not to put it on anything that will leave rust marks!

Once the dripping has stopped, you can lay your tail out flat to dry (like on a rug), or drape it over a chair or anything handy so that it can finish drying. I don’t recommend you letting it dry in the sun, as the sun will bleach the colors out over time.

If you have a drying rack for all of this, that is ideal.

It may take up to 24 hours for the tail to dry completely. Make sure it is completely dry before packing it into any kind of container. Unless you will be transporting the tail, it doesn’t need to be stored in a closed container. Folding it loosely onto a shelf or draping it over a rail will work fine (just don’t let it get dusty).

Learn more about being a mermaid or merman, keep up with mermaid news, The Little Mermaid, etc., on AquaTails’ blog, Mermania.

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