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post #91 of 107

Hello gents.  Hate to kick this thread back up from the dead, but...

 

After reading a lot of shirt care posts and threads, the consensus for best shirt care seems to be to wash your own shirts, hang dry/air dry (no dryer machines) , and press them yourself.  Now, I've got the first and last bits down, but I didn't see anything on the specifics of hang drying your shirts.

 

I can't imagine hanging up a wet dress shirt on a hanger could be good for it... Is it?  I don't have a drying rack, or a clothes line outdoors... And I can't really see myself getting either of those.  I have heard "lay flat to dry", which makes sense, but it doesn't seem very feasible when you're washing three or more shirts at a time.

 

So, what is the best way to air/hang dry your shirts? Which method do you use?

 

Thanks!

post #92 of 107
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Originally Posted by SlickTime View Post
 

Hello gents.  Hate to kick this thread back up from the dead, but...

 

After reading a lot of shirt care posts and threads, the consensus for best shirt care seems to be to wash your own shirts, hang dry/air dry (no dryer machines) , and press them yourself.  Now, I've got the first and last bits down, but I didn't see anything on the specifics of hang drying your shirts.

 

I can't imagine hanging up a wet dress shirt on a hanger could be good for it... Is it?  I don't have a drying rack, or a clothes line outdoors... And I can't really see myself getting either of those.  I have heard "lay flat to dry", which makes sense, but it doesn't seem very feasible when you're washing three or more shirts at a time.

 

So, what is the best way to air/hang dry your shirts? Which method do you use?

 

Thanks!

What exactly prevents you from getting a drying rack?

 

I live in an apartment with no balcony, so I hang dry all my laundry indoors. Get yourself a good foldable drying rack and use it when needed; when not - fold it and store it away.

 

As per shirts - I hang them on a rack and they dry overnight. I then store them away in the closet and iron when needed. A usual wash load for me is about 8-10 shirts, so ironing them while they still not completely dry would take me too much time.

post #93 of 107
I have been hang drying my shirts forever.
I have a skylight with "wedges over my bathtub." I place the shirt on a plastic hanger and hang it over the tub.

Why do you think that hanging a wet shirt would not be good?
post #94 of 107
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What exactly prevents you from getting a drying rack?

 

I live in an apartment with no balcony, so I hang dry all my laundry indoors. Get yourself a good foldable drying rack and use it when needed; when not - fold it and store it away.

 

As per shirts - I hang them on a rack and they dry overnight. I then store them away in the closet and iron when needed. A usual wash load for me is about 8-10 shirts, so ironing them while they still not completely dry would take me too much time.

 

Well, the biggest issue I foresee with a drying rack is that I don't have a lot of free space at home as it is, and they appear to take up a good amount of space.  I can't think of where I could have a decent size rack without it being an obstacle to get by or being an eye sore.  I suppose a folding rack would be more practical though.  Also, I have a dog at home, which limits my options of where I could leave them.  

 

Does your rack fit 8-10 shirts or do you stack some of them?

 

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I have been hang drying my shirts forever.
I have a skylight with "wedges over my bathtub." I place the shirt on a plastic hanger and hang it over the tub.

Why do you think that hanging a wet shirt would not be good?

Hmm...This sounds like a practical idea for me.

 

Well, as far as I know, hanging up dry shirts on ill-fitting hangers are bad for shirts/sweaters because they cause dimples in the shoulders and can also deform the shape of them.  So I figured it would be the same premise except worse for a wet shirt because of the added weight and pliability.  Is this not the case? Is it safe to hang up your wet shirts on hangers and just let them dry there?

 

 

 

Thanks gents

post #95 of 107
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I suppose a folding rack would be more practical though.  Also, I have a dog at home, which limits my options of where I could leave them.  

 

I hang dry all my clothes and have the folding rack shown below. It is very study and holds a ton. If you end up getting a folding rack, make sure it is study. I had something cheaper initially and it would always collapse under the weight of wet clothes. Available via Amazon. Easy to fold up and put in a closet, behind a dresser, or under a bed. 

 

post #96 of 107

I suppose it depends on how much you spend on your shirts. I gather there are people who pay hundreds of dollars for a shirt, and worry about them being damaged by washing. Each to their own, but for me this misses the value of washable clothing. I send my shirts to a cleaner. Not one that I searched out among dozens of candidates that do custom cleaning. Just a cleaner that picks up, delivers, and has not lost any shirts. They wash and iron these cotton shirts and the clothes come back to me clean and neatly pressed. I don't know whether washing them myself would make the shirts last longer, but life is too short to do the ironing.

 

I get my shirts at a thrift store, $5 each. It takes patience to find shirts in good condition, but I have enough that I don't have to purchase unless I find some in good shape.

 

Ironing takes way too much time.

post #97 of 107
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Originally Posted by SlickTime View Post

Does your rack fit 8-10 shirts or do you stack some of them?


Well, as far as I know, hanging up dry shirts on ill-fitting hangers are bad for shirts/sweaters because they cause dimples in the shoulders and can also deform the shape of them.  So I figured it would be the same premise except worse for a wet shirt because of the added weight and pliability.  Is this not the case? Is it safe to hang up your wet shirts on hangers and just let them dry there?



Thanks gents

-Why would you have 8-10 shirts that need hanging? I was my shirts after every use. Maybe not every day......but I just usually soak them with a day or 2.
-You should never put a sweater on a hanger so that is not an option. I have never gotten a dimple on a shirt...because I still have to iron the shirt before I wear it.
post #98 of 107
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-Why would you have 8-10 shirts that need hanging? I was my shirts after every use. Maybe not every day......but I just usually soak them with a day or 2.
-You should never put a sweater on a hanger so that is not an option. I have never gotten a dimple on a shirt...because I still have to iron the shirt before I wear it.

I guess the OP was referring to my mentioning of a usual wash cycle consisting of 8 to 10 shirts.

 

The reason for me washing 8 to 10 shirts at a time is that I wear shirts Mon to Thu each week to work. I own about 25-30 shirts (TM Lewin mostly), so to keep my rotation going I was shirts only once every 2 weeks.

 

And yes, my drying rack fits 8 to 10 shirts easily.

post #99 of 107
^^

Ok. I don't machine wash shirts so if you do..I see that 8-10 thing.
post #100 of 107
I have a high efficiency washer that has a hand wash setting that washes and rinses in cold water and has adjustments for the spin cycle. I normally wash 4-5 shirts at a time on the hand wash setting and spin cycle on low so that it does not twist the shirts on themselves. I place them in the dryer and use the delicate sweater extra low heat setting (heat is very, very minimal) for 10 minutes and then hang on wide shoulder hangers to dry. I normally wash my shirts on Sunday and iron on Monday evening. 4-5 shirts takes just under an hour to do while I watch the news on TV.
post #101 of 107
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I hang dry all my clothes and have the folding rack shown below. It is very study and holds a ton. If you end up getting a folding rack, make sure it is study. I had something cheaper initially and it would always collapse under the weight of wet clothes. Available via Amazon. Easy to fold up and put in a closet, behind a dresser, or under a bed. 

 

 

Thanks for the great info!  Good to know.  I'll keep this one on my watch list should I decide to get a rack.

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I suppose it depends on how much you spend on your shirts. I gather there are people who pay hundreds of dollars for a shirt, and worry about them being damaged by washing. Each to their own, but for me this misses the value of washable clothing. I send my shirts to a cleaner. Not one that I searched out among dozens of candidates that do custom cleaning. Just a cleaner that picks up, delivers, and has not lost any shirts. They wash and iron these cotton shirts and the clothes come back to me clean and neatly pressed. I don't know whether washing them myself would make the shirts last longer, but life is too short to do the ironing.

 

I get my shirts at a thrift store, $5 each. It takes patience to find shirts in good condition, but I have enough that I don't have to purchase unless I find some in good shape.

 

Ironing takes way too much time.

Good point from another point of view.  Thanks!  I would probably opt for this option if I could find a cleaners nearby that hand irons.  Though, I'd probably still wash them myself not because they would last longer but to save myself the expense.  I'm with you on the time spent ironing issue for sure!

 

 
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I guess the OP was referring to my mentioning of a usual wash cycle consisting of 8 to 10 shirts.

 

The reason for me washing 8 to 10 shirts at a time is that I wear shirts Mon to Thu each week to work. I own about 25-30 shirts (TM Lewin mostly), so to keep my rotation going I was shirts only once every 2 weeks.

 

And yes, my drying rack fits 8 to 10 shirts easily.

Yes, I was referring to that.  Good to know! Thank you.  

 

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I have a high efficiency washer that has a hand wash setting that washes and rinses in cold water and has adjustments for the spin cycle. I normally wash 4-5 shirts at a time on the hand wash setting and spin cycle on low so that it does not twist the shirts on themselves. I place them in the dryer and use the delicate sweater extra low heat setting (heat is very, very minimal) for 10 minutes and then hang on wide shoulder hangers to dry. I normally wash my shirts on Sunday and iron on Monday evening. 4-5 shirts takes just under an hour to do while I watch the news on TV.

Ah, very cool. I don't have a HE Washer unfortunately.  The rest sounds good to me! Thanks.

post #102 of 107

On a different note, does anyone have an online shop they recommend for getting replacement buttons? Mother of pearls, leather buttons, etc.

post #103 of 107
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Originally Posted by ter1413 View Post

^^

Ok. I don't machine wash shirts so if you do..I see that 8-10 thing.

Can you share your cleaning process?

post #104 of 107
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Originally Posted by SlickTime View Post

On a different note, does anyone have an online shop they recommend for getting replacement buttons? Mother of pearls, leather buttons, etc.

I've used these guys for some shell buttons for jackets a few times. Not the fastest, but the price and quality are good.
post #105 of 107
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I've used these guys for some shell buttons for jackets a few times. Not the fastest, but the price and quality are good.

Thanks Cptjeff.

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