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post #16 of 55
Where do you get these "soap and fingernail brushes"?
post #17 of 55
Any drugstore. It's not a "soap and fingernail brush." You need A) soap; and B) a fingernail brush. It's just a cheap brush with short nylon bristles and a plastic base.
post #18 of 55
I take all my shirts to the cleaners.  I've had no broken buttons in over 3 years.  The cleaners I use definitely don't break buttons -- whether MOP or plastic.
Lucky man. Most commercial laundries just throw the body of the shirt into the press and press right on top of the buttons. Thus a big, heavy, hot metal sheet is pressing against them. This tends to break them if you do it often enough. Decent hand pressing goes around the buttons and only presses the placket in between.
If having shirts commercially laundered like this decreases the lifespan of my shirts, I can't tell. I think last year I donated one shirt that was just barely starting to fray at the sleeve cuffs
In my experience, fraying is caused less by washing and more by wear. And also by the density and quality of the cloth. Any 1x1 will fray more quickly than a 2x2. Really high yarn number clothes (200s) will also fray sooner, because the cloth is more delicate.
post #19 of 55
By the way, I pay about $1.00 per shirt. However, to save even more time, I just started using a cleaner that has home pick-up and delivery, which charges $1.80/shirt.
I'm guessing you don't live in New York.
post #20 of 55
I have always had the $1.50 folded, no starch, with the occasional Hallak treats. Over the life of a shirt does the $4 handwash extend the life of the shirt enough to justify the cost difference? $3-350 T and A customs mostly.
At many places in NYC "handwash" for $4 isn't really possible...what they mean is that the shirts are washed like all the other shirts but are pressed by hand rather than machine. I think it would be cost-prohibitive for most NYC laundries to hand-wash and hand-iron a shirt for only $4. tgfny, I probably don't have as many T& A shirts as you do, but if mine are any indication, they really benefit from a hand-pressing. The buttons are nice-looking, but very delicate. I also have some wool-blend tattersals from them but I usually get those dry-cleaned--I would hate for the cleaners to accidentally shrink a $300+ shirt.
post #21 of 55
Taking shirts to a cleaner cost too much. I do all my washable stuff myself. I agree with menton that pressing/ironing takes long time; I can do one dress shirt in about 20min. The trick that I used is that if I am going to wear suit with a particular dress shirt, I only press neck and front chest which are about 5 min job.
post #22 of 55
I think it's worth it because I can get any stains out much better than they can, which certainly extends the life of the shirt.
post #23 of 55
For those nyers...hallak does a great job albeit ery pricey at 4-5 dollars a pop.I wonder if they hand press or not, but the shirts from them are so far above even the local "hand press' job its not funny. or those that like math....there is also the hallak collar stay variable which must be added to the equation. Stated otherwise, hallak adds collar stays to the finished shirt. If you are like me and dont think that mop or silver collar statys are worth then this a a great time saving factor ....
post #24 of 55
Hmmmm..., do all of you guys across the pond get your shirts laundered for you? This is really quite strange to me, as I'm quite sure we all wash and iron our own shirts at home.
post #25 of 55
I do my own wash -- have since I was 11 years old and don't see myself changing anytime soon.
post #26 of 55
Hmmmm..., do all of you guys across the pond get your shirts laundered for you? This is really quite strange to me, as I'm quite sure we all wash and iron our own shirts at home.
1. It bears remembering that London is notoriously expensive for shirt-laundering. 2. Many people on this site, I'm sure, work in demanding professions that routinely require 70, 80+ hour work weeks. It would be economically inefficient for many of us to launder and iron our own shirts. When I do have free time, I'd rather spend it at restaurants, the theater, etc.
post #27 of 55
I generally machine wash and drip dry my dress shirts because I view the choice between dry cleaning and commercial laundering as akin to a choice between hanging and firing squad.  If I am forced by time constraints to use a dry cleaner, what method of cleaning should I request to minimize wear?
post #28 of 55
Fritz and Mike C, I loved your posts. From a numbers point of view once you have the variables under control (the lives of different fabrics etc.) you are both correct that it is a matter of math. Although, Fritz's subjective comment does a good job of finishing off the equation. "I think, however, this is a question of personal taste as much as anything. Some people (like me) grow attached to their stuff and want to last it as long as possible. I also know people who enjoy buying something new every time they have an excuse for it, so for them paying extra to make their shirts last longer might not be worth it, all mathematics aside."
post #29 of 55
I detest laundering and drying things. I work long-hours and do not view that sort of thing as a fun recreational activity. [Yet, I enjoy painting walls and find it therapeutic.] Accordingly, I will virtually always opt to have someone else launder and, if necessary, replace stuff that wears out more quickly.
post #30 of 55
AC, This is a good excuse to buy more shirts -- you could find 3 hours every 3 weeks to throw in 15 shirts in a cold wash cycle and then hang them.
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