Corduroy is a truly vintage textile of cotton or cotton-mix fabric made from woven, twisted fibres which lie in parallel rows or ‘cords’ to form the cloth’s texture. The cords usually have a channel between them, making it very durable, while the velvety feel makes it soft to the touch. Mainly used for men’s working, military and sporting clothing throughout the centuries. Typically worn as trousers by mountain climbers, skiers and in soldiers’ uniform trousers. While corduroy is a durable fabric, as with most pant fabrics, you will want to include some steps to your corduroy care routine to ensure that its unique texture and shape last for years.
IN THE WARDROBE / AFTER USE
Corduroy is prone to shrinking, and the fuzzy piles can become distorted if washed incorrectly. Store your corduroy pants as you would most other pants. Fold along seams, and then smooth flat to keep in a drawer or on a shelf. Proper folding and storage will ensure your fabric keeps its shape and doesn’t crease too much.
WASHING YOUR ITEMS
› Before washing, zip and button your corduroy pants, and turn them inside-out. This helps protect the cords and ridges themselves while also ensuring that the pile (that velvety texture) doesn’t get crushed, distorted, or worn down.
› Wash with similar colors and fabrics. Avoid washing with other delicate fabrics, rather wash it together with other durable garments such as dark jeans. This prevents darer corduroys to run into other items.
› We recommend choosing a colder water cycle or wash in cold or warm water with a detergent that is gentle and safe for colors.
› Gentle wash cycle to avoid creasing and wrinkling
› Air dry to help the corduroy keep its shape. Make sure to shake out your cords when taking them out of the washer. You can also tumble dry on low heat for 10 minutes to remove creases, then air dry.
Stain removal can be a tricky business, and techniques can change depending on the material. What you would do to remove stains from your Fjordcord pants isn’t necessarily the same as removing stains from Harvester jacket. The ridging of the corduroy fabric can sometimes catch and lock the stain between the ribs, making it harder to reach. We recommend using an equal part detergent mixed with water, applying to the stain, and then scrubbing. Use a soft scrubber, like a sponge or toothbrush, to get in-between the cords to ensure the detergent reaches the entire surface area. Alternatively, you can scrub standard stain remover into the fabric with a toothbrush or gentle brush.
The fuzzy plush nature of corduroy doesn’t just attract us — it also attracts lint! Avoid washing corduroy with fabrics that produce lint, such as towels, fleece, felt, women’s wool sweaters, or any other wooly materials. The lint will happily bury itself in the corduroy and will be hard (albeit not impossible) to get out. If you do accidentally lint your corduroys, put in the dryer on low heat so it catches most of the lint. Use a clothing brush to brush off the remaining specks, and then run your pants through a cold water rinse cycle with half a cup of white distilled vinegar. The vinegar should help the fabric fibres to release the lint.
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