How to clean black corduroy trousers

While comfortable, hardwearing and stylish, black corduroy is occasionally a pest to clean. Corduroy attracts lint, cat fur and bits of fluff that do not wash off easily. To clean your trousers, you need to get rid of these specks before laundering.

Wrap tape around your fingers with the sticky side facing out.

Pat the trousers with the tape over any fluff or bits to remove them.

Turn the trousers inside out. Corduroy can attract things inside the washing machine, too.

Set the machine to a cool wash to prevent the colour fading and the fabric shrinking.

Wash the trousers together with other very dark colours. Don’t include any woollens or other fabrics that shed.

Shake the trousers out thoroughly after the wash and smooth them before hanging to help prevent creases. Corduroy doesn’t take very well to ironing. If you use a tumble dryer, take the trousers out before they are fully dry.


Check the label before laundering. Most corduroy trousers are machine (or hand) washable. A few may be "dry clean only".

If the pile on your trousers looks a bit flat after cleaning, hang them in the bathroom while you have a shower or bath. Steam revives the fabric.

Things You'll Need

  • Tape
  • Detergent
  • Fabric conditioner
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Judith Willson has been writing since 2009, specializing in environmental and scientific topics. She has written content for school websites and worked for a Glasgow newspaper. Willson has a Master of Arts in English from the University of Aberdeen, Scotland.