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post #76 of 107
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Originally Posted by dl20 View Post

I dont know how you guys wear shirts more than once, regardless of the season. Ironing a dirty shirt to wear again just seems wrong to me.

Even if the shirt doesnt smell, its still dirty from touching your skin. I machine wash on cold, hang dry and hand press. If it starts backing up I'll bring them to the cleaners for a hand press.

dl

 

 

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Originally Posted by XKxRome0ox View Post

guys...
instead of only focusing on washing the shirt...
WASH YOUR FRIGGIN NECK!!!
and scrub the dirt out of your skin
if you clean your body and defoliate, i guarantee you the shirt collar will stay clean a lot longer

 

Not really.   Different bodies produce different oders and oils at a different rate and at a different climate.
 

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Originally Posted by Lear View Post

Like trying out new stuff (that's how I discovered Saphir products). So, after reading this: http://www.customshirt1.com/ShirtLaundering.html I eventually found Octagon in the UK (Bromley, Kent). Supplier reckons they'll soon stop making the stuff. Here's a pointless pic:

Lear

 

Spray'n'Wash served the purpose.  And when it gets really bad, concentrated oxyclean soak over night.

post #77 of 107

I always wash it after only one wear, and at a temperature  that doesn't exceed 40°C. Before  washing I put some oxiclean on the cuffs and collar, and let it work for a few minutes, without brushing.

post #78 of 107

I avoid the cleaners if possible, and only for silk if I must. Too many shirts have lost texture and become paper thin over time with the harsh detergents / industrial pressing.


 

What I do now is wash my shirts after second wearing in cold water then hang to dry.(No fabric softners or perfumed detergents) After about two hours I will iron the shirt with a good steam iron (Rowena Germany). For suits I use a garment steamer after every use with distilled H2O.


 

Do you gents wear undershirts? I have never had any issues with pit or collar stains while wearing undershirts.

 

 

 

Here is a good video on ironing your shirts by TM Lewin

 

And here is a video on the garment steamer.

 


Edited by chiron - 9/7/12 at 3:28am
post #79 of 107

Just don't use too harsh detergents on your shirts and make sure you wash them right away and not let the stains settle for too long.

post #80 of 107

The grime on collars and cuffs on my shirts usually goes away with a bit of degreaser, or scrubbing with shampoo (after each 2-3 wears) + regular cold machine washing (after every wear).

And I really like the feel of Charles Tyrwhitt's non iron cotton. Sometimes the shirt can be worn straight away, without any ironing; and I even sweat less with that fabric than with their regular poplin.

That T.M. Lewin dude is ironing a crease into the sleeve, I really, really hate that...

post #81 of 107
^^ jefferyd is quite passionate in his objection to using steamers on suits, fyi.
post #82 of 107
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Originally Posted by unbelragazzo View Post

^^ jefferyd is quite passionate in his objection to using steamers on suits, fyi.

Does it cause damage to do so?
post #83 of 107
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Does it cause damage to do so?

 

It will get rid of wrinkle but will also kill the silhouette/shape from the original pressing.  Won't cause 'damage' to fabrics, but will just mess up the 'shape' of the suit.

post #84 of 107
It can also blow out seams. I really just don't care enough about wrinkles to press. If I'm wearing linen, it's just part of the charm. My wool jackets usually have the wrinkles pretty much fall out after hanging for a bit anyway. If it really needs it, sometimes I will use a little steam, usually just if there's wrinkles across the back, where there's not much shaping or seams. Here's jeffryd's excellent post:

http://www.styleforum.net/t/88504/guide-to-touching-up-your-suit-without-wrecking-it
post #85 of 107
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Originally Posted by unbelragazzo View Post

It can also blow out seams. I really just don't care enough about wrinkles to press. If I'm wearing linen, it's just part of the charm. My wool jackets usually have the wrinkles pretty much fall out after hanging for a bit anyway. If it really needs it, sometimes I will use a little steam, usually just if there's wrinkles across the back, where there's not much shaping or seams. Here's jeffryd's excellent post:
http://www.styleforum.net/t/88504/guide-to-touching-up-your-suit-without-wrecking-it

Thanks, apparently, I've been doing things all wrong with the hanging-in-the-steamy-bathroom procedure.
post #86 of 107
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Originally Posted by unbelragazzo View Post

^^ jefferyd is quite passionate in his objection to using steamers on suits, fyi.

 

Even Old Wives Tales are proven wrong. Home steamers do not generate enough high heat to re-shape a suit, FYI.

 

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Originally Posted by unbelragazzo View Post
 If it really needs it, sometimes I will use a little steam, usually just if there's wrinkles across the back, where there's not much shaping or seams.

Why not go on the wild side and try to steam the seams... You will find out nothing happens.

post #87 of 107
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Originally Posted by tnd View Post
how often do you guys wash your dress shirts? after 1 wear? 2 ??

reason i ask is because i notice especially on white shirts that by the end of the day the collar is a little dirty...now would you wash it at this point or wear it once more??

i dont know washing after 1 wear is the best thing to do to keep them in good condition or not

after 2 wears in the winters, 1 wear in the summer.

Exactly the same for me.

 

I'm not a big sweater, combined with anti-persperant, means I can get away with a couple of wears before washing.

 

For kick-arse non-iron shirts I've got a couple from Stickland & Sons, 100% cotton and they really do look good without ironing.

The sales guy said that the body heat of the person wearing the shirt is enough to smooth out any wrinkles in the fabric.

post #88 of 107
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Originally Posted by Working Stiff View Post

Shirts should be washed after every wearing. Even if you only wear it for a couple of hours.

This Please. Any other regiment is just wrong.
post #89 of 107

I generally go two-three wears without washing and I've never had a problem.. I use an unscented detergent from The Laundress (w 30th street).. A bit pricey for a detergent ($20), but perfect for laundering shirts.. all natural and non-toxic so I can pre-treat by rubbing the detergent into the soiled areas by hand.. It's a gentle formula but gets the job done (just make sure to pretreat).. I wash inside-out on delicate using cold water and hang until dry.. By the time the shirts are dry, if taken out of the machine and hung right away, there shouldn't be that much ironing to do—collar and light pressing elsewhere if need be.. I use a Rowenta.


Edited by newyorknoir - 10/3/12 at 6:40am
post #90 of 107

I used to get the BB non-iron, but am now wearing a lot of the Banana Republic ones. I haven't noticed any difference in quality, and they always have sales going on where you can save 30% or more (on an $80 shirt, that's just $56!) I wash them on cold, dry them on low, and hang them up while they're still warm. That's it.

Go on weekends (Fri-Sun), that's when they have promotions. 30% is pretty standard there, but it's not always on everything. Call up and ask before going if you want.

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