Corset Liners - Using corset liner(s) will prolong the life or your corsets by protecting them from body oils and perspiration. We have found that corsets are more comfortable when worn over a liner, and your corsets will not need to be dry cleaned as often when using a liner/protector. Our corset liners are made of a cotton/lycra blend and should be hand washed and dried flat.
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Care & Cleaning - Because the process of dry cleaning can be rough on corsets over time, and yet the only safe way to deep clean them, for occasional corset freshening we recommend using a product such as "Febreze" fabric refresher. Spray the corset lightly on the inside lining (be very careful to not spray satin brocades, velvets and other specialty fabrics directly), and hang your corset by the corset laces in front of a flat fan to dry. The fabric can be spot cleaned with a damp washcloth, but again, be very careful with specialty fabrics. When storing your corsets, hang them over a tubular hanger by the laces. They should not be folded or rolled for storage.
Breaking In We cannot over-emphasize the fact that your new corset must be broken in slowly and over time. Corsets must first mold and conform to ones figure in a comfortably laced state for several wearings, prior to lacing-in tightly. While all of our authentic corsets are made of the most durable construction, with strength in mind, they cannot sustain being tightly laced and worn for an evening out (bending, sitting, dancing, etc.) without being properly broken in first. Our corsets are designed to cinch in the waistline from 2-6 depending on your body. This does NOT mean that you can put your corset on and cinch in your waistline dramatically the first few times you wear it. Over-tightening your new corset can, and will, cause damage. The stitching may come loose or break, the front busk may tear from the pockets it is sewn into, and the grommets may pop out. These are issues that can only be avoided by breaking in your new corset over time. All of the corsets purchased from Corset Connection undergo a detailed and thorough inspection at least 3 times prior to reaching their final owner. This extensive quality control is necessary with high end merchandise. You *must* take the time to wear your corset for a few hours at a time until is has molded itself to your body, and has adjusted to your body's shape.
Damage In the case that your corset is damaged during wear, please let us know so that we can refer you to a proper corsetiere or seamstress to have your corset repaired. Grommets can be replaced, stitching can be repaired and other common issues can be addressed. We want you to enjoy your new corset for years so be sure to let us know when we can be of help.