Investing in a corset is like picking a best friend that helps keep you healthy and fit every day. Surely, you will want this bond to last but regular use can take a toll on it and make the material wither over time. Unlike other undergarments that you can throw in the washing machine and expect to be good as new, your waist corset will need more patience and better care. In order for your core trainer to last long and be fully maximized, it is important to properly wash, dry, and store it.
How to properly wash and dry your compression band
The only way we recommend washing it is by hand and then air dry. This ensures it is delicately handled and will not break like it most likely would in a machine washing and dryer.
Step 1: Fill a basin with lukewarm water and mild cleanser. Note: hot water can damage the material.
Step 2: Let it soak for 5 minutes, making sure the entire garment is wet.
Step 3: Gently scrub using a soft sponge or cloth. Note: harsh brushes can damage the material.
Step 4: Dispose of the water and gently rinse the garment. Let it soak in water (without mild cleanser) for 5 more minutes.
Step 5: Rinse off excess soap and carefully squeeze out the water. Note: do not twist or bend as this can cause damage.
Step 6: Hang outdoors or wherever it is safe to drip, let it air dry. Note: do not iron as this can destroy the fabric.
How to properly get stains out
We understand your hesitation to brush out stubborn stains, as long as you are gentle and not using harsh tools, you should be fine. First try taking it off with a soft sponge or cloth. If that does not work, an old, soft toothbrush just might do the trick. Apply a bit of mild cleanser to the brush and gently scrub the stains. Rinse off and repeat until it is all gone.
For more detailed instructions on how to properly wash your garment, check our article here.
How to properly store your corset
As mentioned, cinchers are very delicate. Not only should you be mindful of how you clean them but also in how you keep them stored. You would not want to stock them in a way that may damage the material, especially those with inner steel bones. Below are three best practices that we recommend when storing:
1) Fasten it up and lay them flat
To help keep its shape, fasten your corset up before storage – be it through its zipper, laces, or hooks and eyes. When tightening, try to close any gap to keep it snug and secured. Lay it flat in a drawer that is big enough to accommodate its size.
2) Keep them hanging
A great way to keep your cincher from getting deformed or damaged is by hanging it up - be it in your closet, on wall hooks, or wherever you please. If you are going by this method, there are two ways to safely follow through:
- Fasten a safety pin along the upper inner lining on both sides of the corset, then attach the pins to a hanger.
- Keep the corset flat open and simply drape it over the hanger or laundry line.
3) Roll it up
If you purchased a versatile garment without inner steel bones, you can simply roll or fold it then keep it drawers.
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Hannah - Manager at Hourglass
Hannah is a certified personal trainer based in Australia. Since 2017 she has inspired women across the nation through honest & educational content. Her dietary and fitness expertise are trusted across the fitness community.