Your new Orchid corset is sturdy as well as beautiful, but there are some precautions you will need to take to ensure that it remains in perfect condition.

When you receive your corset.

Begin by loosening the lacing at the back to it’s fullest extent. You will need to do this every time you put the corset on and also before unclasping your busk to take it off. This is especially vital if you have a zip fronted corset. The corset should be slack around you as you do up your fastening, and you should never have to breathe in, in order to close it. This will protect your fastenings, eyelets and bones long-term.

Even though you’re eager to see the extent of your new waist reduction and curves you must be careful to season your corset with gentle “breaking in” while you accustom yourself to the feel of it, and while the steels and fabric mould to your body. This makes the corset more comfortable for you and helps you slowly achieve your desired reduction. Full information about this can be found here.

When you have begun to tighten your corset moderately, stop and walk around, grow at ease with your corset for half an hour or so before tightening it again, you will find the process much easier.

Tightening the corset is a gradual and gentle process, adjust your corset smoothly from the top into the loops at the waist, and the bottom up to the loops at the waist. At no point should you tug or yank on the lacing. You should end up with a straight, even gap from top to bottom.

When it’s time to take the corset off, and you have gently loosened your lacing from the loops set at the waist outwards, you may undo your front fastening and air your corset out overnight. When it’s complete, tie the laces up neatly so they don’t tangle, and put it away till next time.

Long term care

Do not wash your corset, certain types can be hand washed (you will be advised if yours is suitable- this is mostly restricted to ribbon corsets) but most will require dry cleaning. Small marks can be removed with a wrung out damp cloth (not a wet one) You can also gently wipe down the lining after wear in this way. You can ensure your corset remains fresh by airing it out overnight and light use of Febreze. It is advisable to wear a corset liner if you waist train regularly to protect both you and your corset lining. Ask us about our silk camisole liners and how they can work for you.

We advise that you don’t tie your corset laces around your waist once they have been tightened. This can prove to be abrasive to your outer fabric over time and can cause thinning of the fibres or even holes.

If you are waist training extensively make efforts to alternate your corsets, allowing them to air thoroughly between wears is essential. Never wear the same corset for both day and night during 23/7 wear as this can be unhealthy for your skin.