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Washing 100% cotton dress shirts?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by likeitaloud, Oct 29, 2008.

  1. likeitaloud

    likeitaloud Well-Known Member

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    Recently I bought 4 RL dress shirts and 1 J.Crew and Burberry. I believe they are all cotton and I want to wash them now. I live in a building with commercial washing/drying machines downstairs. Non of them are white most are subtile different colours.

    So how do I wash them? Put them together and wash on color? And what about drying I read somewhere you can't put them in the drying machine?
     
  2. sbbbjm

    sbbbjm Well-Known Member

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    for my dress shirts this is my routine usually -

    - when i'm done wearing the shirt i'll spray some shout on the collar and cuffs where they might be ring around the collar etc

    - when it's actually time to wash em i'll fill a rubbermaid tub with cold water and put some detergent and a little bit of oxyclean, throw the shirts in, and agitate for maybe 2 or three minutes and then just let em soak overnight

    - next morning i rinse em out and just let em air dry - don't leave them soaking longer than overnight bc sometimes colors bleed

    i have a couple of borrelli and RLPL shirts that i wash this way, bc i don't want them to look worn out. those pay machines are pretty heavy duty and will wash the crap out of your clothes lol
     
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    I just get some detergent, put them in the washing machine in the delicate cycle and hang to dry. Seems to work fine. Perhaps it is harsher than sbbjm's approach, but it is certainly easier.
     
  4. likeitaloud

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    well sounds good but I have to wear then in about 24 hours.

    Isn't air dryed clothes extremely rough and hard? (Kinda like a towl gets?)
     
  5. nmprisons

    nmprisons Well-Known Member

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    you should either put a fan near them to keep them moving a bit or do what I do and just walk into the room where they are hanging and shake them every 15 or 30 minutes.
     
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    well sounds good but I have to wear then in about 24 hours.

    Isn't air dryed clothes extremely rough and hard? (Kinda like a towl gets?)


    Do not put your shirts in the dryer. Air-dried shirts will be a bit "rough and hard" but that goes away shortly after you put the shirt on, so it's a transient thing only.

    As for the actual washing, I keep white shirts on their own, and other shirts I wash by colour family: all the blues today, the pinks and lilacs next time, and so on. If the colours are not too bold/deep, and generally complimentary, you may be able to wash them all together if you don't have enough for separate washes. ... cold water ... regular cycle ... nothing special ... gets the job done.
     
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    well sounds good but I have to wear then in about 24 hours.

    Isn't air dryed clothes extremely rough and hard? (Kinda like a towl gets?)


    Just wash (cold) and dry them on delicate.
     
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    Here is Mr. Kabbaz's post-crash SF link to his web page on shirt care (including laundering and ironing). It's unlikely you will find anything more comprehensive.

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    As for the actual washing, I keep white shirts on their own, and other shirts I wash by colour family: all the blues today, the pinks and lilacs next time, and so on. If the colours are not too bold/deep, and generally complimentary, you may be able to wash them all together if you don't have enough for separate washes. ... cold water ... regular cycle ... nothing special ... gets the job done.

    Take them out and give them a gentle shake to eliminate any bunching. Place them in a plastic shopping bag with as little folding as possible. Remove and iron one at a time. Iron in thisorder Cuffs-Sleeves-collar-yoke-back-front. Replace collar stays and hang dry to eliminate any remaining dampness.
     
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    Here is Mr. Kabbaz's post-crash SF link to his web page on shirt care (including laundering and ironing). It's unlikely you will find anything more comprehensive.

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    Good guide, but I don't really agree with ironing the top of the sleeve. When I take my shirts to the laundry to be cleaned and pressed professionally they always come back with a nice smooth sleeve.
     
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    My dryer has a setting called "air fluff", which is what I use. It doesn't get warm, it just moves the clothes around and blasts them with cold air.
     
  12. Epaulet

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    I wash all of my shirts in cold water & the normal cycle. I air dry each one of them individually on its own hanger.

    Once they dry, they're more or less wrinkle-free. I shake them out a few times and put them on. No iron required!
     
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    I wash my shirts gentle cycle in cold water, hang dry and then iron.
     
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    Delicate cycle and then iron to dry (a tip from Savile Row Shirts)
     
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    I wash my cotton shirts in lukewarm water, then hang dry.
     
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    I put my Barba, Purple Label, and custom made shirts in the commercial 'Speed Queen' washers and dryers, and so far have not had any major mishaps. I wash on warm water and dry on low heat for 15 minutes or so. The linen and cotton/linen Barba shirts dry in ten minutes just hanging so I don't bother with the dryer on those.
     
  17. likeitaloud

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    Yea I think easy washing drying is going to be ok on the shirts I didn't pay anywhere close to retail on them anyway. I tryed to air dry them but it's just too much hussle for a few shirts and the whole process ends up looking welfare when you are having damp shirts around the house.
     
  18. Golf_Nerd

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    Recently I bought 4 RL dress shirts and 1 J.Crew and Burberry. I believe they are all cotton and I want to wash them now. I live in a building with commercial washing/drying machines downstairs. Non of them are white most are subtile different colours.

    So how do I wash them? Put them together and wash on color? And what about drying I red somewhere you can't put them in the drying machine?


    There were many good tips here. Here is another one: test another laundry from time to time.
     
  19. blackjack

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    There's a guy in Japan who has posted an incredibly detailed explanation on how he irons his dress shirts right after he gets them out of the washing machine. He apparently adds some special liquid starch in the rinse so that the shirts end up incredibly stiff:

    [​IMG] http://tinyurl.com/otakushirtdude
     
  20. likeitaloud

    likeitaloud Well-Known Member

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    Very impressive! I'll try it
     

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