Following the excellent advice I received on this forum, I washed my dress shirts last week and brought them to my cleaner for ironing only. Well... when my wife picked up the shirts today the owner told my wife that he laundered and ironed them. She expressed concern letting the owner know that I did not think the chemicals the launderer used were good for my shirts. He told my wife the following - he washes the shirt in hot water with very little detergent. His experience is that shirts will last a very long time if only laundered. He agreed with my wife that we should not dry clean the shirts. He also said that washing the shirts at home is actually worse for the shirts because of the spin cycle. His laundering does not "spin" the shirts. Does anyone have any thoughts on this? I actually like the dry cleaner. I've brought my shirts there for about a year and have never had a broken button or other issues that many seem to encounter. I don't mind laundering my shirts with these folks (heck it is cheaper than having them iron only) but I want to make sure my shirt investment doesn't go down the toilet.
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3/3/05 at 1:26pm