The Basics of Corset Care

Today I'll be recapping the highlights from my corset care series on The Lingerie Addict. Here are some bite size quick facts to help you prolong the life of your corset and minimize repairs.

 Corset: Pop Antique with Dark Garden | Model: Victoria Dagger | Photo © Stereo Photo Album

Corset: Pop Antique with Dark Garden | Model: Victoria Dagger | Photo © Stereo Photo Album

  • Always loosen your laces before unfastening the busk. It'll make your life easier, and minimizes the risk of one of the busk studs popping off.
  • To protect your corset from your body's sweat, oil, and dead skin cells, wear a corset liner. A liner is much easier to wash than your corset!
  • For easy corset storage, just roll it up! Start rolling from the stud side of the busk, with the fashion fabric facing outward. When you get to the laces, catch up all the excess before you keep rolling. For delicate fabrics, you may then wish to slip your corset into a pillowcase, corset bag, or even a stocking for protection.
  • Most corsets are dry clean only. Stretch out the time between cleanings by letting your corset air out: simply drape it over the back of a chair overnight.
  • Avoid warping the bones and fabric of your corset by wearing your corset with a moderate and balanced gap. Scope out the comments on my Corset Fit 101 article. A gap that is too wide anywhere, particularly at the waist, will flip the bones on their edge.