NEVER get into or remove your corset without first loosening the laces in the back. Neglecting to loosen laces before removal can result in a broken, bent or damaged busk or zipper!
Corset Care Advice
It is our opinion that you should never loan out your Corsets. Our hand made Corsets tend to take on the personal characteristics of the owners shape and fine tune to YOUR body. We are always hearing about Corsets that have never been returned or have lost that personal continuity.
We’ve learned over the years it is best if you dress from the bottom up, shoes, garters, stockings, pants, etc. Do this before putting on your corset as this may make dressing below the waist rather difficult. You may also want to consider wearing open crotch pantyhose and or underwear (if you must) that you can pull to the side. This way it won’t be necessary to remove your corset to relieve yourself.
Yes our corsets come to you laced properly. All laces converge at the waist for cinching and should not be laced up to the top or down to the bottom, except for a fashionable statement. We recommend that you always pull laces out to the sides when cinching and that you never pull straight back. Do not pull hard or quickly or hold anything like a bedpost. Do not have your arms stretched out forward, and never be bent over while cinching. This is old movie propaganda as one should always stand tall, relaxed and breathing naturally while adjusting ones corset.
General Care for All Corsets
After wearing and carefully removing your Corset, air it out by hanging it in front of a floor fan or over a chair top. Occasionally we recommend you spray your Corset with Fabreze before drying, this will keep it smelling fresh and reduce the frequency for dry cleaning. We do not recommend drying your Corset in direct sunlight as this may cause fading. When possible, wear something underneath your Corset; a thin camisole, tube top or even a tank top will keep the perspiration away from your Corset (and straps can be tucked inside!).
DO NOT WASH YOUR CORSET ñ Dry Clean Only! Remember, your corset is made with steel boning; water will cause it to rust. We recommend Scotch Guarding your Corset before you wear it and again after several wears or annually. If it needs cleaning, take it to a trusted dry cleaner, and if possible, have it dry cleaned by hand. In most cases, letting your Corset air out will do. If you do not have a fan simply drape your Corset over a chair or hanger and let it dry and air out.
Follow the same rules, advice and general care instructions then if your Leather Corset becomes smudged you can wipe it clean with a damp cloth. Keep your Leather Corset supple by treating it with a leather conditioner or take it to a trusted leather cleaner about once a year. Always make leather professionals aware this is a steel boned garment. We also highly recommend having a leather care professional Scotch Guard your Corset to help keep it from accepting dirt and stains.
Specialty Leather Corsets
As with all Corsets we recommend airing it out after wearing it especially the cotton lining. Many of our specialty leathers are embossed or have glitter imbedded into the skin. We only recommend dry cleaning for these items when they begin to show wear or dirt. We also highly recommend having a leather care professional Scotch Guard your Corset to help keep it from accepting dirt and stains.
As with all Corsets we recommend airing it out after wearing it especially the lining. To keep the PVC shiny, spray a soft cloth with Windex and wipe clean. Do not spray anything directly onto the PVC as this may cause streaks and damage to the fabric. I personally use sheepskin but flannel is also a fine example of a soft fabric or even old socks. Because smudges are harder to clean after they have set, we advise you always wipe your PVC Corset clean with a damp cloth as soon as you take it off. Scotch Guard is not recommended for PVC items.