How To Handle Bra Cup Creases

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How To Handle Bra Cup Creases

Picture it now: your favorite bra. It’s comfortable, fits perfectly, and has been your go-to undergarment for a few months now. Yet sometimes taking good care of a bra, even your favorite one, can get overlooked in our busy day-to-day routines. It’s easy to stuff a bra back into a full, unorganized drawer, or to quickly throw a bra into a suitcase or gym bag when you’re on the go. Life happens!

However, a lack of proper bra storage or care can cause dents and creases in your cups, ruining the look of your favorite bra. Luckily there are a few quick fixes you can try to get your bra looking new again! Picture that! 

Method #1 to Remove Bra Creases: Steam

One of the best methods to fix bra cup wrinkles is to simply use a clothing steamer. Either an industrial or a basic, hand-held travel steamer can do the trick. 

  • To begin, fill your steamer with water and turn it on to begin the heating process. If your steamer has a low heat option, try that setting first as it will be more gentle on your bra fabric.

  • Once the steamer is active, point the steam to the inside of the bra cup and hover over the creased area(s). It’s okay if the bra fabric gets a bit damp.

  • Gently begin to push the wrinkles outward, but be careful to not burn your fingers with the hot steam. A great solution to not hurt yourself is to use a rounded wooden kitchen spoon instead.
  • Once the steam has released the wrinkles in the bra cup, allow the bra to air dry using either of these two ways:
    1. Lay the bra flat on a drying rack or on a towel. A trick to maintain the corrected cup shape is to fill the cup with socks, underwear, or any small fabric item you have on hand which you can roll up into a ball.
    2. Clasp the band closure on your bra and hang it by the straps on a hanger in a well-aired room.
    3. Repeat this process should the bra cup still show signs of wrinkling. 

Method #2 to Remove Bra Creases: Hand Washing

Another at-home method for removing cup creases involves putting special attention to reshaping the bra cups during your weekly hand washing session. This can be a bit more labor-intensive than steaming but it’s also a two-for-one method as it will result in a clean garment! 

  • Fill a clean sink or large bowl with cold water and add your lingerie wash.
  • Submerge your bra and begin to hand wash by lightly rubbing the fabric in the soapy water.
  • Allow your bra to sit and soak with the insides of the cup facing up for 15 to 20 minutes.
  • Rinse your bra with fresh water to remove the soap but keep bra cups thoroughly soaked.
  • Take the wet bra and use your hands to gently smooth out the wrinkles and reshape the cup while pressing the water out. Be careful not to crumple or squeeze the cups when removing the excess water as that may cause further wrinkling.  
  • Once the excess water is removed and the bra cups are reshaped, air dry the bra with either the lay-flat or hanger method (see drying methods above). 
  • Repeat the process as necessary but only use the lingerie wash on your first attempt. 

Some Don’ts When Trying to Remove Bra Creases

  • Don’t use an iron to remove wrinkles. The heat from an iron is too strong for delicate bra fabrics and may cause damaging effects to your favorite bra. 
  • Don’t put your bra in the dryer. The heat from the dryer could further set the fabric dents.

Bra Crease Prevention Tips

Whether you’ve just proudly fixed your creased bra cup using our methods or maybe you’ve just purchased a new bra, here are some key tips to prevent bra creasing in the future.

  • Storage:
    • Proper storage is the key to preventing creases or wrinkles in your bra.
    • After clasping your bra closed, either stack bras vertically on top of one another or stack them horizontally in a drawer or box organizer. This method is ideal for bras that feature wire cups or molded cups.
    • Be careful never to fold a bra with cups, whereas bralettes or bandeaus are safe to be folded.
  • Traveling
    • Along with stacking bras as you would in a drawer, keep the cups of your bra safely intact in your suitcase or bag by stuffing your underwear, socks, or hosiery in your cups to prevent them from folding or creasing.
    • Be sure not to then not put any heavy items on top of your bras that could alter their shape
  • Washing
    • After hand-washing, always ensure you air dry your bra carefully to keep molded cups intact, either by drying flat or carefully hang-drying (see air-drying tips above). 

What other tips do you have for preventing or removing creases from your favorite bra? Let us know in the comments or message us on Instagram.