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Does this ever happen to you when you wash your button-up shirts?

post #1 of 14
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Not all of my button-up shirts do I have dry cleaned. So when I wash them in the machine, it's more often than not that the points on the collars get curled up and are damn near impossible to iron out. Any suggestions? I was thinking of just letting them air dry in the future.
post #2 of 14
You're using a dryer, I assume? Maybe you're over-drying. Try taking them out when still damp.
post #3 of 14
Put a damp rag over the collar and press the hell out of it. Works for me.
post #4 of 14
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Originally Posted by DocHolliday View Post
You're using a dryer, I assume? Maybe you're over-drying. Try taking them out when still damp.
Correct. I think that's the problem - over drying.
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Originally Posted by Ataturk View Post
Put a damp rag over the collar and press the hell out of it. Works for me.

Interesting...I'll give it a try.
post #5 of 14
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Originally Posted by Lothar View Post
Not all of my button-up shirts do I have dry cleaned.

So when I wash them in the machine, it's more often than not that the points on the collars get curled up and are damn near impossible to iron out.

Any suggestions?

I was thinking of just letting them air dry in the future.

What?

Never have I that problem.

Do you mean button-down shirts?
post #6 of 14
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Do you mean button-down shirts?


No, he starts at the bottom and works his way up.
post #7 of 14
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No, he starts at the bottom and works his way up.

Exactly.

Sometimes I start in the middle but that's only for short sleeves.
post #8 of 14
Iron your shirts after the wash and then put them in the dryer, and if your shirts have the plastic slides in the collars to keep them straight take them out or they'll bend and will also give you the same problem.
post #9 of 14
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Do you mean button-down shirts?

I always assumed button-down just meant a shirt with buttons... then upon finding SF I began to get the impression it referred to shirts with button collars... now I am confused.
post #10 of 14
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now I am confused.

Yes. That does tend to be the principle state of most people's lives.
post #11 of 14
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Originally Posted by Lothar View Post
Exactly.


I was actually joking, find it awkward to go up rather than down.
post #12 of 14
I only put my shirts in the dryer for 3-5 minutes. I take them out and hang them (on hangers) when they are still very wet/damp. I never have an issue with the collars.

I also never let my wife or my maid wash my shirts; I know that they'll dry the hell out of them.

What brand of shirt is this happening to?
post #13 of 14
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Originally Posted by bafield View Post
I only put my shirts in the dryer for 3-5 minutes. I take them out and hang them (on hangers) when they are still very wet/damp. I never have an issue with the collars.

I also never let my wife or my maid wash my shirts; I know that they'll dry the hell out of them.

What brand of shirt is this happening to?

Almost all of them that don't have a button collar.

I washed a Zegna shirt the other day and it curled the collar points. I'm pretty sure it's attributed to overdrying though. In the future, like you said, I'll dry them for just a few minutes then hang them out to dry.
post #14 of 14
Do you use collar stays? My shirts do the same thing sometimes but after I iron them and put in stays, the brass ones that usualy takes care of it.
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