That beautiful suit you were wearing on stage, well, not so beautiful anymore. And if you have used the Bikini Bite, or Stencil Spray, or even worse, the 3M glue (a lot of naïve fitness/figure girls use that), you are really in trouble. Not only that, but some of you gals out there are known to spend upwards of a couple grand on a suit (Let’s see, where would those come from?) And I have a lot of gals that like to sell their suits after competing in them a few times, then buy new ones. And I know a lot of gals out there are also looking for used Merry Christine suits, that are either too late to order, or simply cannot afford them.
Well read carefully, and if you do exactly what I say, your suit will be as good as new.
This can be done with my suits for sure, but I am not going to say that suits with decoration made by any other designer will hold up for sure. You must ask the maker if the suits may be washed.
You will need liquid laundry detergent, and a fingernail cleaning brush.
In a sink or washtub fill with very cold water. Add a generous amount of liquid detergent. My favorites are Wisk and Tide. Place the suit in the cold water and gently slosh up and down in the water. Let it sit for a few minutes. Then, turn the right side onto your hand so the inside with the glue and coloring are facing up. Now pour some of the liquid detergent right onto the glue. Then take the fingernail brush and gently brush in one direction repeatedly until the glue just rolls off the suit. It should not take that long, unless you used the 3M. Nasty stuff. Be patient for it will come off.
Once all the guck is off, empty sink of the soapy water and fill back up with more cold water. Slosh the suit around and empty and repeat until there are no suds. Usually it takes about 4 – 6 times. When the suit is suds free, place it on a towel on a flat surface for only about a half hour until the main amount of water is out of the suit. Then drape suit over a hanger and let it dry. You will have a nice fresh suit again!
If the glue around the crystals start to turn a bit white. When the suit is dry, the glue will turn clear again.