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Shapewear Care – A Guide for Maintenance and Longevity

Shapewear is a wardrobe staple for many women because they offer support, shaping, and enhanced body contour. Proper washing and care are essential to ensure that shapewear continues to provide those benefits and maintain its shape, quality, and effectiveness over time.  Washing these foundation pieces regularly helps to remove perspiration and bacteria that can accumulate over time so that they will be clean and hygienic.

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If you do not take proper care of the shaping garments, they may start to lose their shape and effectiveness. It is vital to follow the care instructions by the manufacturer to prevent damage and extend the lifespan of your shapewear. From understanding the correct ways to wash different materials to effective storage practices, here are some simple tips on how to properly wash the best shapewear pieces in your wardrobe as well as useful ways to help you keep your shapewear in optimal condition.

  • Have a few pieces of shapewear rotation in your wardrobe. This will keep your body shapers functioning well as you not only feel fresh by regularly washing them, you still get to wear shapewear daily.
  • Before washing your shapewear, do read the care instructions on the label as it provides important specific instructions on the shapewear’s material and construction. Hand washing or machine washing, specific water temperature, and detergent type may be recommended. The guidelines will help to preserve the effectiveness of your shapewear.
  • Use the right detergent such as specially formulated lingerie detergent. Any detergents that contain dyes, bleach,  alcohol, or softeners can damage the shapewear by breaking down their construction.
  • Wash the foundation garment using the gentle cycle of the washing machine or hand wash them in cold water. Washing with cold water will shrink the material back to its original shape while hot water may damage the construction of the material. Place the shapewear in a netting bag with hooks clasped to avoid catching them on anything.
  • Spot cleaning is an effective solution for minor stains or localized dirt. A gentle fabric stain remover or mixing mild detergent and water can treat the stained area. Dab and blot the stain gently with a clean cloth, and rinse with water.
  • Regular gentle washing of the shapewear will help the material to contract. For the best result, avoid wearing the same shapewear more than twice before washing.
  • Thoroughly rinse the shapewear under cool water to remove all traces of detergent after washing or spot cleaning.
  • In order to preserve the shape and elasticity of the shapewear, it is best to air dry it. Hang it on the clothesline or place the shapewear flat on a clean towel. Do avoid direct sunlight or clothes dryers because the high heat can damage the fabrics and the elastic components.

Following the right care, your shaping garments will give you the performance and comfort you want. It can keep your foundation garment in excellent condition and enjoy the benefits they offer. This care and attention will allow your eco friendly shapewear to continue to support and enhance your curves, and at the same time allow you to embrace your body confidently.

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