Corset Care and Cleaning
After investing in your corset, you may be wondering how to clean, and how often to clean such a complicated looking piece.
The best way to care for your corset, is to prevent the need to clean it often in the first place.This can be done by always wearing cotton or bamboo based liners, spot cleaning with a microfiber cloth, as well as keeping it fresh with a simple alcohol based spray.
We have put together a comprehensive list of ways to clean your corset to keep it in the best possible condition.
DIY Corset Refresher Spray
A corset refresher spray is easy to make and will essentially keep any bacteria growth on the corset lining at bay. To make a refresher spray, you will need a spray bottle that disperses a fine mist, some isopropyl alcohol and water and mix 50/50 water and alcohol into the bottle. Make sure you clearly label the bottle and store it away from children.
To use the refresher spray, take your corset off and hang it over the back of a chair (lining facing out) and liberally spray with the refresher spray. Leave the corset to dry before storing or wearing again.
How to Clean Your Corset
A corset doesn't need to be cleaned as often as other clothing items, as long as you take some steps to prevent soiling.
The best approach to cleaning is to remember less water is better, and avoid getting the boning wet if possible.
Most of the time the easiest way to clean your corset by spot cleaning with a microfiber cloth and some water. Make sure the cloth is damp (not dripping) and gently rub the material panels between the boning until clean.
Spot cleaning works best on the cotton lining and outer material. Some satin can stain if the quality of the water used is low, so its best to do a patch test on satin before cleaning a full panel.
It is not recommended to clean the sports mesh due to its delicate nature. If you do need to spot clean sports mesh, use gentle dabbing motions.
Make sure to air dry on a flat surface out of the sun after spot cleaning.
Our favourite cloth for spot cleaning is the e-cloth General Purpose Cloth as it doesn't leave fluff and cleans corset fabric so easily.
Sometimes accidents do happen and your corset will need a deep clean. If your corset has been soiled with large amounts of food, vomit, or something else as equally nasty, we recommend taking your corset to a dry cleaner to have it professionally cleaned.
Never, ever put your corset into a washing machine as it will warp the corset and possibly damage your machine.
Frequency of Cleaning
How often you will need to clean your corset will depend on many factors, such as weather you wear a liner, how much sweat and body oil is transferred to the lining ect.
As a rule of thumb, you will only need to spot clean the front panels on a corset every three months- and the entire outer and inner of a corset every 6 months (using the spot cleaning method)
If your corset is becoming smelly, first try spraying with your corset refresher spray and letting dry and see if this improves the smell. If this doesn't work, then it is time for a clean.
It is best to make sure a corset is clean and dry before storing into a cupboard/drawer. When taking your corset off at the end of the day, make sure you let it air out over the back of a chair before putting away.
The best practice we have found for storing your corset, is to hang by the laces on a coat hanger. This prevents any pressure or warping on the bones and helps it keep its shape.
You can also store your corset rolled up into a drawer - just ensure you roll between the panels and not on the boning.
Another helpful tip is to keep moisture absorbents in the same cupboard/drawer as your stored corsets. Once a corset becomes mouldy, there isn't much that can be done to save it.
Do you have any more questions on corset care? Just send us an email on our Contact Us page and we will get back to you as soon as we can.