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best way to take care of shirts? how often to wash and keep collars clean??

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by tnd, Jan 19, 2010.

  1. tnd

    tnd Well-Known Member

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    how often do you guys wash your dress shirts? after 1 wear? 2 ??

    reason i ask is because i notice especially on white shirts that by the end of the day the collar is a little dirty...now would you wash it at this point or wear it once more??

    i dont know if washing after 1 wear is the best thing to do to keep them in good condition or not
     
  2. JayJay

    JayJay Senior member

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    Mine are washed after every wear.
     
  3. onix

    onix Senior member

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    how often do you guys wash your dress shirts? after 1 wear? 2 ??

    reason i ask is because i notice especially on white shirts that by the end of the day the collar is a little dirty...now would you wash it at this point or wear it once more??

    i dont know washing after 1 wear is the best thing to do to keep them in good condition or not


    after 2 wears in the winters, 1 wear in the summer.
     
  4. medtech_expat

    medtech_expat Senior member

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    I wash after every wear, regardless of season. I spray OxyClean on any discolored collars/cuffs before washing in cold water with mild detergent. My Miele does a good job at minimizing wear. No dryer, I iron with a LauraStar when damp.
     
  5. luftvier

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    Wash after every 1-2 wears, Shout on collars, cuffs, and armpits, wash with mild detergent, remove from washer and hang dry.

    I've since given up on ironing, unless I'm due for an interview.
     
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  6. ManofKent

    ManofKent Senior member

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    'Vanish' with white shirts. Ironed but not tumble dried.
     
  7. furo

    furo Senior member

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    I don't wash them until I see dirt/sweat on the collars, and that's usually after a few wears at least, depending on how active I was while wearing the shirt. I'll also wash sooner if they smell bad. Since transitioning to a solid deodorant stick (Arm & Hammer solid), I have almost no problems with sweat and nasty armpit stuff on the shirts.

    I also use Oxy clean with the wash to get the dirt off the collars, but I dry them all in a dryer. Most of my shirts are non-iron, but the ones that aren't are a real bitch to press (RLBL and RLPL) due to the softness of the cotton.
     
  8. VincentMilano

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    I wash them after every wear...
    Take them to the drycleaners every 5 wears or something like that.
     
  9. mkarim

    mkarim Senior member

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    after 2 wears in the winters, 1 wear in the summer.

    I have problems keeping my collar clean. After 3-4 hours of wear, dirt collects on the inside of my collar and washing doesn't completely get it off.
     
  10. Working Stiff

    Working Stiff Senior member

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    Shirts should be washed after every wearing. Even if you only wear it for a couple of hours.
     
  11. onix

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    I have problems keeping my collar clean. After 3-4 hours of wear, dirt collects on the inside of my collar and washing doesn't completely get it off.
    Washing alone never completely get rid of dirt. I put oxyclean on them the day before washing.
     
  12. Viral

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    there is no one answer.........people sweat and wear their clothes differently.

    I wash depending on the amount of soil collected after the first wearing - usually is a good indication if a second wear is warranted.

    Wash in Woolite and hang to dry.....I'm a good shirt presser, I don't usually have any problems ;-)

    Hope this helps!
     
  13. rjt65

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    hmmm how often do u guys dryclean them? so one response dryclean every 4-5 wears--I used to get them drycleaned all the time bad me

    thinking woolite (shout or oxy where needed in armpits collar etc) and hang dry than dryclean every 4-5 times sounds about right to me....
     
  14. ferguscan

    ferguscan Senior member

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    Gentle wash; coldest water possible; after one wear for the most part. To completely clean the collars/cuffs/underarms, scrub with laundry soap and a nail brush the night before washing. I do this once every few months.

    Don't dry-clean your shirts. Not good for them. Dry cleaning is not really good for any cloths.

    Stuart
     
  15. rjt65

    rjt65 Well-Known Member

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    What about suits?

    how do you keep them clean pressed?

    cheers



    Gentle wash; coldest water possible; after one wear for the most part. To completely clean the collars/cuffs/underarms, scrub with laundry soap and a nail brush the night before washing. I do this once every few months.

    Don't dry-clean your shirts. Not good for them. Dry cleaning is not really good for any cloths.

    Stuart
     
  16. ferguscan

    ferguscan Senior member

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    What about suits?

    how do you keep them clean pressed?

    cheers


    Dry cleaning is a necessary evil when it comes to suits. Do it as little as possible.

    Stuart
     
  17. rjt65

    rjt65 Well-Known Member

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    thanks Stuart

    what Iused to do with suits and will continue--- the shirts so easier to give em to cleaners-

    what do u guys use to press iron the shirts?

    any tricks steamers etc?

    Richard
     
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    Shirts should be washed after every wearing. Even if you only wear it for a couple of hours.

    +1. Even if you you have to soak it in your bathroom sink with some light detergent..
     
  19. JayJay

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    Wash after every 1-2 wears, Shout on collars, cuffs, and armpits, wash with mild detergent, remove from washer and hang dry.

    I've since given up on ironing, unless I'm due for an interview.

    Shout is applied to my shirt collars and pits, too. Good stuff. I, too, hang dry and rarely have them ironed.
     
  20. ferguscan

    ferguscan Senior member

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    Shout is applied to my shirt collars and pits, too. Good stuff. I, too, hang dry and rarely have them ironed.

    What kind of polyester are you guys wearing? My cotton shirts are wrinkled as hell after washing and (air) drying. Must iron.
     

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