Corset Care & Cleaning

Removing Your Corset

  Always loosen up the back lacing of your corset and then unhook the busk, before removing it from your body. You may be tempted to just unhook the front busk for immediate removal but resist the urge! To put undue strain on the busk like that could cause the “hooks” or “pins” to break off, damaging your corset. To replace the front busk is a substantial undertaking, if it can even be done; and your corset will never look the same again. I repeat, loosen the laces before you remove your corset!    

Care Of Your Corset

  Once you have removed your corset, it needs to be hand cleaned and aired out before your next wearing. It is imperative that your corset care and cleaning is attended to before storage for lasting results. This will preserve your investment for many years.

The inside lining can be hand cleaned with a damp cloth. We protect your corset with Scotch Gard spray to the inner lining before shipment. Over time this protection can be washed or rubbed off, requiring another application of spray Scotch Gard. Do NOT spray the outside of the corset! It can change the appearance or color of some fabrics and can damage the embellishements. Also do not spray pleather or vinyl. In between the occasional applications of Scotch Gard you may want to mist the inside of your corset with a fine quality linen spray or Febreeze. It can then be attached to the skirt hanger, and hung in a location free from heat (or direct sunlight!). Do not hang your corset in direct sunlight or even a sunny window. Sadly enough, sunlight will damage your corset as the washing machine will. 

Cleaning Your Corset

  Never completely soak your corset in water, even to hand wash. Your corset is made with a variety of fabrics, some containing sizing that gives the fabric a crisp, new look. Once this sizing is completely washed out the fabric will change dramatically in appearance. Also, fully submersing your corset can cause the inner steel parts to rust and bleed through to the outer layers causing permanent damage to your corset. Because your corset is made up of a variety layers of linings, inner linings, casings and embellishments, a wet corset could take days to dry! Like a wet towel wadded up and left in the corner to dry, the corset could mildew. The bad smell, ugly green stains, as well as the health hazard resulting from the mildew should be avoided at all cost.   Do not attempt to put your corset in the washing machine, no matter what kind of machine you have! Handcrafted corsets are made with steel boning that can rust and bleed through to your outside & inside fabric, and fabrics that often require sizing to keep them looking “like new”. Any special embellishments are very delicate and must be treated as such. You wouldn’t throw an expensive wrist watch into the washing machine now would you? We carefully select the embellishments to match the theme of the corset and many of them are one-of-a-kind items that cannot be found again. The many embellishments, fringe, delicate fabrics, glass and metal parts are not meant to be subjected to machine washing. So remember: machine washing or dry cleaning can be the death of your beautifully hand crafted corset! Because of that we highly recommend, (to put it nicely), gentle spot cleaning. If you have a tendency to perspire excessively or you just know that your deodorant or body residue will rub off on your corset I recommend a thin silk under garment to be worn to protect your corset. These can be purchased at various sites on the internet. Thin silk camisoles can be worn underneath with the straps tucked in at the top. If requested, a separate inner lining can be made that can be detached for washing, at an extra cost of course.  In the early eras when corsets were worn daily by most everyone, as a corset or ensemble was soiled beyond surface cleaning, they simply discarded them and had new ones made!   

Storing Your Corset

  Store your beautiful hand crafted corset by clipping it to a skirt hanger very carefully with felt tabs (provided) between the clip and the corset. This will prevent excess marks to the garment. We do not recommend that you roll your corset or stuff it in your closet if it is tightly packed. The exclusive decoration can cause permanent unsightly marks or damage to the garment that you will regret later. We are not responsible for that damage. Then cover your corset with the garment bag provided. In other words: hold garment upright, fold the felt pieces over the edge of the corset where the clip is going to attach, covering both the inside and outside edge. Attach the clip. Then cover the corset with a garment bag.