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CARING FOR your lingerie

Your bra might look delicate but it is very hard working. This is why lingerie manufacturers select fabrics not just because they look pretty, but for their technical qualities too - softness or elasticity, for example.

The more careful you are with your bra, the longer it will retain these qualities.

We recommend that you follow the care information from the product supplier, but often with hosiery this information will get thrown away as it is on the packet. If this is the case, we have put together some washing guidelines that will help you to care for your lingerie.

by hand

  • Remove any jewellery and ensure your nails do not have any sharp edges.
  • Shallow fill either a clean sink or a bucket using the specified amount of bleach free mild detergent.
  • Swirl the garments gently in the suds.
  • Gently rub any stubborn areas with your thumb, taking care not to agitate the fibres as this could cause them to break.
  • Leave the items to soak for up to an hour.
  • Remove the items and rinse under gently running water.

Machine washing

Only machine wash your garments if the care label advises that this is the correct method of washing. We would not recommend machine washing for lingerie such as bras, hosiery and lacy or intricately designed items but, you may extend the life of the delicates by following these simple steps:

  • Use a mild detergent formulated for delicates that does not contain bleach.
  • Turn items inside out to help to prevent any build up of lint during washing.
  • Place the items in a delicates bag to prevent them from becoming tangled and damaged when placed in the washing machine.
  • Put the washing bag in the washing machine on a low temperature setting and on the delicate cycle.
  • Do not wash with other items.


  • Dry the items on a towel. To blot off any excess, gently roll or fold the towel up with the garment inside, unroll and leave to dry naturally.
  • Never dry lingerie on a radiator or over a direct heat source.
  • Do not hang hosiery to dry because this can cause the fabric to stretch.
  • Never put hosiery in the tumble dryer as this will cause the elastane fibres to lose their elasticity and it will affect the way it fits.
  • Do not wring your hosiery as this could cause them to lose their shape and can break the yarns.

replacing your bra

Lingerie can be made from very delicate fabrics, but bras have to work hard to support your bust, so need to be cared for well, so that they can do their job. The better you look after your bra, the longer it will last you. Try not to wear the same bra two days in a row. By alternating your bras you give the fabric time to recover.

Storing your bra

Storing your lingerie properly will help keep it looking good for longer. T-shirt bras need special attention: you can fold them in half and put one cup inside the other, or stack them side by side, but whatever you do, take care not to dent the cup shape by stuffing them into a drawer. Make extra room by folding your non moulded underwired bras in the centre and stacking them vertically one next to the other.

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