How to wash corduroy

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Corduroy is a great fabric and it is easy to clean as long as you follow a few simple rules. In this article we tell you everything you need to know about how to wash corduroy. Can you put corduroy in the washing machine? Can you wash corduroy in the dryer? Can you wash corduroy in hot water? We answer all of these questions and more.

How do you wash corduroy?

Here are all of our best tips for cleaning corduroy garments. 
  • Always flip corduroy garments inside out before washing them. 
  • Avoid cleaning corduroy with fabrics that create lint such as fleece or flannel. 
  • Make sure to wash dark corduroy garments with other dark garments. Corduroy is more likely to bleed dye than many other fabrics. 
  • Corduroy can shrink when it is heated to high temperatures. Wash corduroy in cool or lukewarm water and air dry it whenever possible. 
  • Corduroy wrinkles more easily than some other fabrics. Make sure to fold or hang corduroy garments when they are done in the wash.  
How to clean corduroy

Can you put corduroy in the washing machine?

Can you wash corduroy in the washing machine? Yes you can wash corduroy in the washing machine. You take a few precautions to make sure your corduroy garments do not collect lint in the washing machine. Lint loves to stick to corduroy and it is hard to remove lint from corduroy once it has grabbed on. You should turn corduroy garments inside out before washing them. You should also avoid washing corduroy with fabrics that produce high quantities such as lint such as fleece and flannel. 

You should make sure to only put dark corduroy garments in the wash with other dark items. Corduroy tends to bleed dye in the washing machine more frequently than other materials. This is especially true for dark colored corduroy garments.

Can you use laundry detergent on corduroy?​

Can you use laundry detergent on corduroy? Yes, you can use laundry detergent on corduroy. You are best off using a gentle laundry detergent with corduroy. This is not because the material is particularly delicate, but rather because corduroy tends to bleed in the wash more than other materials. Using a string detergent might encourage corduroy to peel in the wash. 

Can you wash corduroy in hot water?​

Can you wash corduroy in warm water? You should avoid washing corduroy in hot water but warm water should be fine for corduroy. This is especially true if you are washing a dark corduroy garment. Corduroy tends to bleed in the washing machine more frequently than other materials. Hot water might also cause corduroy to shrink. 

Can you put corduroy in the dryer?​

Can you put corduroy in the dryer? You should air dry corduroy whenever possible, especially if the corduroy garment in question has not been put in the dryer before. If you do put corduroy in the dryer you should use the coldest possible setting. Corduroy garments tend to shrink in the dryer, especially if the garments have not been put in the dryer before. If your garment has been put in the dryer already multiple times and it has shrunk already and you might be in the clear. 

How to remove lint from corduroy​

Corduroy is notorious for its ability to attract and collect lint. If your corduroy garment has lint on it you can remove the lint with a lint roller. You should roll the lint roller in the direction of the ‘cords’ or the long woven lines that the corduroy is made out of. The line roller should slide down these lines rather than crossing over multiple lines, if that makes sense. 

What is corduroy made of?

Corduroy is generally made out of cotton. This means that it is susceptible to problems that generally plague cotton such as shrinkage and bleeding of dyes. In order to make corduroy, cotton fibers are woven into long lines or ‘cords’ that create a unique ridged pattern. Corduroy can also be made of wool or polyester. 

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