Blue corduroy fabric.

How to care for corduroy

How to keep your cords looking good for longer.

Washing corduroy

Most corduroy clothes can be washed. However, garments such as jackets made from corduroy usually need to be dry cleaned, due to the structure of the garment.

Corduroy can shrink along the length of the fabric, so it is important to wash it at the correct temperature. You also need to ensure that the pile is not crushed or distorted.

Here are our washing tips:

  • Check the garment care label to see if it is safe to wash and what temperature to wash at. Machine washing your corduroy garment is usually possible as the fabric is very durable.
  • Button/zip up your garment and turn it inside out before washing.
  • Do not overfill your washing machine as this will crush the pile on your corduroy garment. Choose a gentle wash cycle with a short spin, use the reduced crease setting if possible.
  • The dye in corduroy can run, so for dark coloured garments, wash in cold water and, if necessary, wash the garment on its own or with other similar coloured garments. You can add a few tablespoons of salt to the garment’s first wash for dark garments to help reduce the amount of dye transfer. Light coloured corduroy garments can be washed in warm (not hot) water with items of a similar colour (as long as the washing label allows this).
  • Never wash corduroy with any fabric that produces lint, e.g. towels, fleece, felt, woolly jumpers, as the lint will attach itself to the corduroy. Lint is the name for visible build-ups of textile fibres and other materials that are found on clothing.

Drying corduroy

For best results, smooth seams, pockets and shirt plackets etc and then air dry. Be careful about placing clothes pegs on the garment as they can cause marks on the pile - it may be best to put the garment on a clothes hanger to dry. If the pile is flattened, it can be revived by brushing gently with a soft clothes brush whilst garment is still slightly damp.

Ironing corduroy

If you need to iron your garment, iron it on the wrong side of the fabric only. Use a medium heat setting and iron in the direction of the pile – ensuring you don’t leave the iron in one place for too long. Do not press the iron down too hard as this can crush the pile.

Removing lint from corduroy

Note: It’s much easier to avoid washing your corduroy garment with items that produce lint/fluff, than removing lint from your garment, as this can be difficult to do.

  1. Use a clothes brush and brush in the direction of the pile. Alternatively you can use a lint roller or sticky tape wrapped around your hand.
  2. If there is still lint on the garment, place it in the washing machine. Put 1/2 a cup of white distilled vinegar in the machine and put the garment through the rinse cycle. The vinegar should help the fabric fibres to release the lint.
  3. If you have a tumble dryer, place the garment in there on a cool setting with a couple of clean microfibre cloths (the lint should transfer to the cloths) and leave until slightly damp. If you haven’t got a tumble dryer, just air dry the garment.
  4. You may need to use a clothes brush/lint roller/sticky tape again to remove the remaining lint.

Alternative method: Spray the dry garment with a laundry anti-static spray and then brush with a clothes brush in the direction of the pile (or use a lint roller/sticky tape).

Removing stains from corduroy

Mix powdered washing detergent with an equal amount of cold water to make a paste, then apply this directly to the stain. If you are using liquid washing detergent, dab it on the stain with a clean cloth. Gently massage the detergent into the stained area and then rinse with cold water.

Mending corduroy

Corduroy is very hard wearing, but it can easily fray and tear. It can be repaired by using an iron-on mending tape on the back of the garment, darning or by patching.

The repair methods used are the same as you would use for jeans. See our tips on how to repair denim on Pinterest.

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