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.

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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!

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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.

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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!

 

21 thoughts on “Corset 101: How to Store and Clean Your Steel Boned Corset

  1. Xtina Scan

    I just received my new corset and it’s awesome! However, as I was lacing it up, I found my hands got a lot of dye residue on them. If I can’t wash the corset, how can I make sure my clothes and skin don’t get dye all over them?

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    1. Cheri Dudek Post author

      Which corset is that? The laces the corset comes with are just nylon (usually black) but white on the white and ivory corsets. I have not heard that before.

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      1. Xtina Scan

        I have the CS-426 in black. The laces are black cord. I’ve put it on a few times now and while I don’t seem to be getting as much dye transfer, it’s still happening. I guess it’s from the laces? But I don’t want to put it over a light piece of clothing and find out it’s coming from the fabric.

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        1. Cheri Dudek Post author

          Black Cotton? Some of the brushed cotton has that tendency I think when brand new. We will likely switch everyone to the black canvas for that reason. Not as soft and pretty…but more practical.

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  2. Len

    I just purchased today my very first corset (the 426) from your NYC store for waist training and am wondering what is the best way to pack and travel with it? I am a flight attendant and will need to pack and travel w/ my new corset to season it each day for the next cpl of weeks before wearing it throughout my entire work day. Because I travel 85% of the time I need to pack light and compact so I generally fly with my 21″ carry-on roller bag & a med size day tote that is stuffed to the gills w/ my purse and daily essentials. What are your suggestions? Thanks!

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    1. Cheri Dudek Post author

      Hi Len,

      When I travel with mine I roll it carefully into my suitcase. If wrap it up in a pillow that should help protect your corset. I recommend hanging whenever you have the opportunity to air it out.

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  3. Rosalind

    I recently got a CS-426 size 34 my measurements are 43 bust 44 waist 53 hips. I really do love it, but unfortunately I can only stand up and I can barely sit without my girls being way way up there lol. Which is okay I should have measured my torso to be sure it would fit length wise. I do want to purchase another one what do you recommend 411? I will be waist training in the CS-426 until I get it closed to 34 inch. My goal is to reach 30. I do want to be able to sit down. Right now I feel I can only wear my CS-456 at home so getting one I can wear out and about and be able to sit would be awesome. Thank you. :)

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    1. Cheri Dudek Post author

      Hi Rosalind,

      Does the 426 fit you well otherwise? And is the 53″ your full or upper hip? The 411 should work for you…just want to be sure on the sizing.

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      1. Rosalind

        Yes the 426 is great it is just the length my torso is just a bit to small. Yes the 53 inch is my upper hip my full hip is 55.

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  7. Linda Steers

    Just want to say “Thanks” for those handy tips on cleaning and maintenance (sounds like a car!). I’ve just finished my first steel-boned corset and it’s got remarkably grubby during the process – all that blood, sweat and tears (I need a better pattern) so this was perfect. I love the idea of using Febreze :o)

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  8. kpak

    So about those steel bones and grommets: I had a meeting at a government office here in NYC. I had to go through metal detectors which went off. Luckily they let me through with a “It’s my undergarment” explanation. Here metal detectors are in schools, government offices, hospitals, and concerts and night clubs. Are there any authentic corsets without so much metal?

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    1. Cheri Dudek Post author

      Kpak,

      There are a variety of fashion corsets on the market made from plastic boning. But authentic corsets are made from steel bones in our modern times. Back in the day they were made from actual bone…whale bone generally. Other materials like acrylic and plastic just don’t offer the same strength and support as steel boning. It’s the price we pay for excellence!

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    2. Terrie Ann Schmearer

      Is it possible to carry the corset in a building with metal detectors so you can show it to the security guard. Run up to the restroom and put it on? Take it back off for getting back outside. Lots of trouble I know, but it could save some embarrassment down the road. Just a thought.

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