Tail Care and Maintenance
Below is a list of some of the key "dos and don'ts" of tail maintenance! Please make sure you familiarize yourself with this list before you hit the pool, beach or lake in your new tail!
*PLEASE NOTE: Our tails are works of art. The prices reflect the cost of the materials and the time it takes me to hand make these tails which is difficult and something I put a lot of love into. Wear and tear will happen with time, this is a fact (no matter what kind of tail your purchase), but if you follow my advice, your tail will definitely last longer.
Here is a little video I put together a while back showing how I deal with the maintenance of my favourite tail (the one you see in the header of my website).
I talk about some of the common areas that get the most wear and how I use paint and sequins to touch it up.
As I say in my video, all of my new tails no longer have the flippers/monofins glued in. All my tails now have removable monofins to make drying, maintenance and transportation easier.
In the Water
- The two places that will receive the most wear in any mermaid tail will be the heels, the knees and the sides of your fins. Avoid kneeling in the pool or standing on your flippers/fin. Be careful to avoid rubbing up against rocks, or the rough edges of the pool/stairs.
- Always rinse your tail after use in the water (any water). Use cool water, never hot water! Avoid using harsh detergents or soaps to clean your tail and make sure you allow your tail time to dry out completely. Use a clothes-drying rack to lay your tail flat on if you can to avoid hanging it which will cause unnecessary stretching.
- Never use your tail in a hot tub. Warm water is fine, but not hot or it may loosen some of the fixative.
Out of the Water
- Don't jump in your tail to get around. Nothing will do more damage to the fin of your tail than this.
- Don't drag yourself.
- Avoid rough surfaces. Invest in a yoga mat or a big towel to sit on when you need to be out of the water in your tail.
- Avoid letting people rip, pull or tug on your tail.
- Be gentle when removing your monofin or flippers. If your tail has velcro at it's base be sure to undo one piece at a time to avoid unnecessary stretching of the fabric and cracking of the paint.
- Do not under any circumstances machine wash or dry your tails! This will destroy them!
- Don't leave your tail out in direct sunlight when you aren't using it. It will fade like any other fabric or material with excessive sun exposure.
- Always rinse your tail out and let it dry fully before storing it.
What is Normal Wear and Tear?
- Whether your tail is made from neoprin, neoprime, neoprene, spandex, latex or silicon it will eventually sustain a certain amount of damage given the nature of how these products are used.
- Chlorine eats away at everything when given enough time as does salt water. So general fading may likely occur.
- Pilling is also common since a lot of mermaids will stand on their flippers or their knees and rub against parts of the pool.
- Loss of sequins and glitter. This is natural and will happen no matter how the sequins are fixed to the tail.