To keep your binder looking as fresh as possible and to help it last longer without losing its shape, here are our top tips for washing/caring for your binder.
Keep your binder away from direct heat, this means don't hang it on a radiator to dry, or leave it out in the hot sun, or use a tumble dryer (except in special circumstances shown below).
We recommend hand washing your binder and hanging to dry where possible
Hand washing instructions
Fill up your sink with lukewarm water
Add a tablespoon of detergent
Place your binder in the water and gently swirl it around with your hands for at least 2 minutes. Don't scrunch it up
Leave it in the water for 30 minutes or more
Drain the sink and refill with fresh water to rinse the garment and remove the suds
Repeat as many times as you need to make sure all the detergent has been washed away
Pat dry with a towel and hang it to dry
For any small marks such as perspirant or skin transfer etc, you can use a damp cloth or a baby wipe to clean your binder if you're in a hurry.
Just make sure you wash your binder regularly as bacteria can build up and cause skin irritation.
As part of the compression design, our binders contain a front panel made from strong, rigid (doesn't stretch) cotton. This can feel a little stiff and could cause some irritation for wearers with sensitive skin. In this case we recommend using a fabric softener for a few washes to get an ultra soft feel against your skin.
If your binder is creased, then you can't iron it directly. You can turn it inside out and iron only the cotton inside front on a medium heat and this will take the creases out from the front, the rest will be pulled tight when you put it on so any other creases shouldn't show. If you would like to iron the rest of the binder please use a tea towel in-between the binder and the iron to protect it from the heat. It will melt onto your iron if you don't! We have some perfect Spectrum tea towels available here.
If you feel your binder has stretched out, for example if you have had it for a while. You can TRY to tumble dry it carefully on a low setting such as a wool setting, which can help to shrink it slightly back to its original shape. Disclaimer: This has varying levels of success and we wouldn't want anyone to shrink their binder to the incorrect size, use with caution and only when your binder has become stretched out.