Dry Cleaner pressed my shirts with collar stays in...
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Yes and no.
Shirts are best ironed while damp.
My grandmother used to sprinkle a dry shirt with water then leave it overnight in a plastic bag. Then it would be evenly damp.
If you wash at home, you can do almost as well if you let your shirts hang partway dry after washing.
Never a good idea to put shirts in the dryer with any heat setting.
The best way to salvage your shirts is to remove the collar stays, mist the collar with water and re-iron the collars yourself. Taking them back to the same cleaners is a waste of time. They'll probably return them to you in the same condition you received them in the first time.
But I must disagree with Cant kill da Rooster who believes that it's not the responsibility of the dry cleaner to remove and replace your collar stays. When you drop off or send your shirts to a "professional shirt laundry" your'e entering into a "contract" with the cleaner to use their very best skills to restore your shirts to as close as original condition as possible -- if not better than original condition. Not removing and replacing your collar stays (and, as a result, leaving collar stay impressions) is an abdication of their basic responsibility to restore your shirts to original condition.
I'd go even further: removing and replacing collar stays should be on the list of shirt laundry quality standards at every dry cleaner. So next time you drop off or send your shirts to a "professional shirt laundry" ask them for a written list of their shirt laundry quality standards. Bet you'll find that they don't have a written list. Not only that, but I'd bet you'll find that there are no verbal quality standards either.
Here's an example of a published list of quality standards for shirt laundry: http://ravefabricare.com/true-quality-cleaning/2010/6/29/a-true-quality-cleaner's-shirt-laundry-standards.aspx
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Edited by stubloom - 1/4/12 at 7:46pm
Were these metal or plastic stays?
I have accidentally left plastic stays in before and there was never a problem.
Use stiff wide spread collars so you wonÂ´t need the stays as I do.