Corset 101 Series,  Corsets

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!


I have been with Orchard Corset since June of 2012 and what a journey it has been! I've gone from complete newbie to Marketing Director to Chief Operations Officer and I've learned more about corsets, corseting, shapewear, social media and myself than I would have ever thought possible. I have really enjoyed the journey and we at Orchard Corset are dedicated to providing a wealth of information for new and seasoned corseters alike.


  • 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.

    • Brittney Loveall-Talley

      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!

  • 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.

    • Brittney Loveall-Talley

      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!

  • cheyenne89

    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?

    • Amy Lewis

      Hi Aisha, I just want to double check your measurements, is your underbust 31 and natural waist 38? That is a pretty big difference and could be a little tricky to size, so I like to double check.

  • Anisha

    I just ordered my first corset (it hasn’t come in yet) and was wondering if I got the right size and style for a beginner. I ordered the cs-345 in cotton size 28 and my waist is 33in. My main reason for getting a corset is back support since I have a large bust size 36DDD but I’m also thinking about trying waist training.

    • Amy Lewis

      Anisha, that should work for you, but we prefer to have your underbust & upper hip measurements as well when recommending a style. However since the corset is on it’s way, I guess you’ll find out very soon!

  • Hannah

    I have no closet space and no place to hang my corsets long-term. I drape them over a chair for airing out after wear, and then I lie them flat in a drawer for storage. I do not roll them up. I’ve read that this is okay on other sites and was wondering if the people at Orchard Corset agree?

  • Heather C. Key

    When do you think you might start carrying corset liners? If you have decided not to carry them, where would you suggest getting ones that would suit, say your 301?

  • 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?

      • 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.

        • Cheri Dudek

          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.

  • 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!

  • 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. 🙂

  • 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)

  • 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?

    • Cheri Dudek


      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!

    • 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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