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How to keep my shirt collars straight and stiff?

post #1 of 11
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Title says it all. I have some nice dress shirts that I've recently acquired. I wash them in a cold-to-warm gentle cycle in the machine and tumble dry low. I'm worried that the collars will lose their shape and stiffness after a few cycles. Should I be washing my shirts like this? How do I iron the collar? Does ironing the collar alone keep it stiff, or do I need to get it starched and get collar stays? I'm completely clueless.
post #2 of 11
Bump for "Inquiring Minds"...
post #3 of 11
No matter how great the quality of that collar, it will start to curl after subsequent washes. As to when... well I've had shirts that fell apart after a few washings and many that have withstood aa year of wearing and washing. Hang them on a good hanger that will not distort the shape (ie. too much tension) and use collar stays. If you feel the collor points you should feel stays in place, either sewn in or tabbed in, which you can remove or place new ones in. I don't reccomend starching as that will make your shirt age.
post #4 of 11
You should not be drying your shirts (at least not all the way) in the dryer. Take them out of the washer or dryer while they are still damp, smoothe them out and put them on plastic or sealed wood hangers (that will not bleed stain into them etc.) You can let them dry completely this way, or let them dry part way then iron them from damp. Do a search about ironing shirts, that will explain the laundry workflow a bit better.
post #5 of 11
What is the reason behind not drying shirts in the dryer? Thanks.
post #6 of 11
The heat is harsh on their fabric.

Also, you may shrink them.

Also: Always remember to remove the collar stays before washing, drying, and ironing. It's amazing how many guys you see wearing shirts that have been ruined by forgetting to do this.
post #7 of 11
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Originally Posted by j View Post
You should not be drying your shirts (at least not all the way) in the dryer. Take them out of the washer or dryer while they are still damp, smoothe them out and put them on plastic or sealed wood hangers (that will not bleed stain into them etc.) You can let them dry completely this way, or let them dry part way then iron them from damp. Do a search about ironing shirts, that will explain the laundry workflow a bit better.
I do not put my dress shirts in the dryer, either. They hang dry.
post #8 of 11
Thread Starter 
Did the search...can't quite understand how to iron the collar, though (flip it up? Iron from the inside of the shirt or the outside?). I have a RL Made-in-Italy shirt with a soft collar that is now wrinkled, so it wasn't exactly a cheap shirt. Ditto an Etro shirt that I washed for the first time. Thankfully my two more formal shirts (Brioni) have retained most of their collar shape/stiffness.
post #9 of 11
A certain Mr. Kabbaz had put together a guide on laundering and ironing shirts here.
post #10 of 11
Viagra....
post #11 of 11
get it in starched with iron it is effective...
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