Not sure how I haven't thought to put together a post about about this yet, but knowing how to clean your corset can be a super valuable piece of information, regardless if you are completely new to corsets or otherwise. So here are my 5 "how to" cleaning tips for your corset:
1. Aerate & Alternate
Simplest way in the world to extend the time between your corset's more thorough cleanings is to alternate between 2 different corsets if you are in the process of waist training. The one that isn't currently being worn can be hung by an open window to let it air out. Or you can tuck it back in its drawer with a fresh dryer sheet.
The benefits of alternating between corsets isn't just good for the garment itself, but also for you. There will be days when your sturdiest most heavily boned corset just might feel like too much and you might prefer to wear a simple 12 steel boned cincher on those days. Making sure that you are comfortable during your waist training is not only important for your health but it will also help you stay motivated, rather than just throwing in the towel.
2. Spot stains
Most concentrated stains that a corset will endure can generally be removed with a damp cloth (e.g. deodorant marks, face powder, etc.). Find a nice clean cloth, dampen with warm water, wrap it around your finger and gently rub the stained surface to see if that gets it out.
If the stain is a bit tougher, perhaps more pigmented like foundation, then you can try to ad the teeniest little bit of gentle laundry detergent to your warm water mix, ring the cloth out and again, give the satin a bit of a gentle rub and it should get the job done.
Under no circumstances should you ever throw your corset in the washing machine or hand wash it by completely immersing it in a sudsy bath. This will not only warp or bend the bones, but it could have an adverse effect on the entire fit of your corset by either causing it to shrink or stretch and I don't even want to think what a washing machine would do to the finish of your corset! Seriously, if you try and machine wash your corset, you might as well chuck her in the trash right now.
3. Vodka (...no, I'm not kidding)
After you've poured yourself a well deserved vodka martini, keep the bottle out and combine equal parts vodka and water, preferably in a spray bottle. Shake up the contents and holding the spray bottle at least 6" from the corset, spritz a light mist over the lining of your corset.
I don't like to recommend spraying the exterior of the corset with this mixture, because unless your corset is 100% cotton, meaning lining and shell, the alcohol could have a negative effect on the finish of the corset's exterior fabric.
Lay your corset flat to dry and a nice clean corset you shall have.
You don't have to use the name brand. You can use any generic version of the product so long as:
(A): you are 100% certain that you are not allergic to the product (they can be quite heavy with fragrances, ect) &
(B): you read the label carefully and make 100% certain that the product will not have a negative effect on steel.
If you've double checked to make sure that neither of those 2 issues are of concern, then hold the canister at least 6" from your corset and spray a light thin mist over the surface, again only doing so to the lining so as not to compromise the exterior/shell of the corset. Lay flat until completely dry and voilà! Fresh as new!
5. Dry Cleaners
Now, you'll notice that I put this one at the very end. This isn't because if done correctly a corset cannot be dry cleaned safely and effectively, but rather because as I'm sure many of you will agree: there are very few dry cleaners out their who are worth trusting anymore. I've had the most simple cotton shirts get destroyed at a dry cleaner's, so I have always been reluctant to bring them my corsets.
That said: if you are lucky enough to have a dry cleaner whom you thoroughly trussed (ba dum tss! ...ahh sorry, couldn't help myself!), then do feel free to bring them your corsets.
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