I spent more money on dry cleaning when I was in college than I have since I have been out. The extra time doing things myself saves the anxiety that would bloom when inspecting my just picked up garments.
My shirts are machine washed and then hung and pressed. The only shirts that seemed to take poorly to this we're the ones I got from Lachter, which I attribute to the Turkish cotton he suggested I try.
There's a cleaner in Boston that will do an "in-house" service for shirts involving cold washing, and then hand ironing. For the most part, it does no harm.
If I want to be sure about committing no harm and maybe even doing some good, I send to Rave Fabricare. But that's maybe once a year when I feel energetic, or when the collars are looking a little grubby.
Do you machine wash or hand wash your NSM shirts? Mina told me to hand wash "her" shirts (I have not received my first shirt yet) and that I would "destroy them" if I machine washed them. I love hand made items as much as the next SFer but I'm not hand washing my shirts. Not dry cleaning them is one thing, but hand washing is just too much, got enough washing to do with kids running/crawling around the house. Call my lazy. I'm guessing she's over exaggerating?
I was given the same advice but due to laziness I tried the most delicate handwash program on my machine followed by hang drying the shirts, so far after 3-4 washes I haven't noticed any negative effect.
I've used the same method on all my shirts throughout the years, bespoke, MTM as well as RTW without noticing any damage.
Do you guys actually have bad experiences with commercial laundry, or are you just not willing to take the risk? All my shirts get the standard wash/press treatment from the neighborhood laundry, and I've never had any problems. Most are 140/2 and 170/2 poplin, and some have been washed 30+ times.
Most fine shirting would be better off washed by hand, in any case should avoid commercial lounderers due to the thrust action and for similar reasons top loading washing machines are not ideal.
So get yourself a Miele front loading washing machine, pre-threat by hand with a bar of Marsille soap on collar, underarms and cuffs edges, soak in a bucket overnight, then put in laundry nets, delicate cycle and reduce spinning option if applicable, then on hangers to dry and iron when still damp.