Corset 101: How to Store and Clean Your Steel Boned Corset

Want to Keep Your Corset in Mint Condition?

Quick and Easy Tips to Extend the Life of Your Corset

Hello OC Blog Readers! In our continuing effort to not only enrich and entertain but educate our valued customers, here is another important step to ensure your steel boned corset has a long and beautiful life! We also have a video that accompanies this blog for our multimedia readers.

storage corset video

Corset Care and Storage Video

When I received my first corset about a year ago, I took it home from work and rolled it up and tossed it in my underwear drawer-WRONG!! I didn’t know any better at the time. I didn’t have a copy of the Corset Care & Lacing instructions we ship out with every corset order, and I certainly hadn’t read much of the content on the website at that time. I have learned so very much since then!


Properly hung corsets-one for every day of the week!

After removing your corset, hang it over the laces liner side up over a hanger (if you plan to keep your closet) or a chair (if you wear it all the time and want to keep it handy) or some other contraption that will allow your corset to hang. This not only evenly distributes the weight of the corset over the laces, it also protects the exterior fabric and allows the corset to air out.


Maintain your corset’s beauty-like this  CS-411 Emerald Green Underbust

If you need to clean your corset, you can spot clean using a mild detergent and/or use a fabric freshener like Febreze. NEVER wash your corset in a washing machine or toss in the dryer to freshen. You will bend the steel bones, ruin the fabric and potentially rust the metal grommets and steel boning. From time to time you might want to have your corset professionally dry-cleaned if you wear it often. It’s beneficial to wear a light weight camisole or tank top underneath your corset to maintain the life and freshness of your corset. (We are looking into the possibility of offering corset liners on our website.) Check out our video on the OC Youtube Channel and come visit us at www.OrchardCorset.com!


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36 Responses

  1. Daniella Turk

    Your blog is very informative and useful! Thanks! As a Corset Guru, You are the best person to ask I think. I want to steam clean mine. I have a Squeem boned corset it feels rubbery on one side. Anyway, I bought it online and I’ve worn it nearly 10x. It’s due for deeper clean than what I’ve been doing which is, wiping it down with with baby Wipes or sensitive skin makeup remover wipes (whichever is in stock in my home toiletries cabinet).
    To be more specific, my hand-held electric steam cleaner is smaller than a traditional tea kettle. It’s tank holding just under 10oz.
    It’s been great for cleaning anything I tried so far, including a collected’ model sail boat with actual wood and fabric sails, it’s nearly 100 years old and was an incredible find at an estate sale recently.
    I appreciate taking the time to help out your subscribersz.
    Thanks again.

    1. Hello Daniella! It sounds like your have latex shapewear. Depending on the manufacturer, those have different care instructions. Some can be hand washed or machine washed on a gentle cycle. I would look at the care instructions from that manufacturer or store. For the brand of shapewear that we carry here are the care instructions “Hand wash with cold water and mild soap, dry in the shade (do not wring, iron or dry in the sun)”.

      Steel boned corsets cannot be submerged in water, I doubt that steam cleaning a proper corset would be the best way to care for it. Dry cleaning is a great way to get it fresh and clean though!

      Let us know if we can help with anything else. Have an awesome day!

  2. Susan Thomas

    I was wondering as a newbie, for cleaning would it be possible to coat the steel rods in some kind of flexible plastic so that they won’t rust, I do alot of hand washing I would like to consider this, but I don’t want to have to take it to the cleaners, I would go broke in costs.

    1. Hi Susan!

      The ends of the bones are already tipped in a rubber protective coating to prevent any harm coming to the wearer in the chance that it came out of the boning channels. We don’t recommend that you wash your corset, in any case. I’ve not heard of anyone coating the bones in plastic, but I don’t think that it would give the kind of mobility needed for the corset to do it’s job. Dry cleaning can become spendy, but we have found that only if your corset is soiled or maybe very rarely does it need a proper cleaning. This blog may help you to get some ideas on how to prolong the time between visits to the dry cleaners.
      I hope that helps!

  3. Not sure if you have had this question yet, but what about packing your corsets properly for long trips? I don’t just want to throw them in a bag and hope they don’t get damaged on the plane/train/or in the trunk with the rest of the luggage. Garment bag maybe? With a hanger?

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