Not all corduroy is
the same, so it is always important to follow
the recommended care instructions on each item.
For instance, some 100 percent cotton corduroys
may wrinkle badly and shrink if they are dry
cleaned. Most corduroys are made from either 100
percent cotton (or a close percentage) and can
be machine washed. However, I would recommend
using caution when washing dark-colored corduroy
like deep reds, blues, and blacks - color
bleeding is quite common.
For removing stains,
only blot the fabric with a wet cloth. Harsh
brushing or rubbing of the wales will compromise
the look and texture of the corduroy.
If the label
permits ironing, always iron the corduroy on the
reverse side. The iron can be set at a high
temperature, but make sure to use a light touch
- pressing too hard will flatten the wales.
Avoid ironing over seams, hems and pocket edges;
the iron may leave permanent marks.
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