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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. ter1413

    ter1413 Senior member

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

    +1. No iron?? Pls tell me the brand that you wear...
     
  2. rjt65

    rjt65 Well-Known Member

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    + 1 as well ---dress shirts PITA washing at home ---- used some downy spray to help get wrinkles out but mostly from traveling packing....

    my prior experience with my work dress shirts demanded dry cleaning pressing or lot time ironing...



    is there a magic brand?
     
  3. JayJay

    JayJay Senior member

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    + 1 as well ---dress shirts PITA washing at home ---- used some downy spray to help get wrinkles out but mostly from traveling packing....

    my prior experience with my work dress shirts demanded dry cleaning pressing or lot time ironing...



    is there a magic brand?

    BB 100% cotton.
     
  4. Lowndes

    Lowndes Senior member

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    Well, I never wash any of my dress shirts at home. Never have and never will. Hate laundry. I just take them to the dry cleaners and have them launder them and tell them no starch. Been doing this with all of my shirts for the last 10 years or so and have never had a problem.
     
  5. rjt65

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    BB 100% cotton.

    how long do they have to hang for? and I would imagine they need to be hung immediately after washing?


    thanks for the input!
     
  6. JayJay

    JayJay Senior member

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    how long do they have to hang for? and I would imagine they need to be hung immediately after washing?


    thanks for the input!

    They're removed from the washing machine immediately. They hang until dry which takes a few hours.
     
  7. Brian_I

    Brian_I Well-Known Member

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    I've always had problems with ring around the collar. The only thing that has ever worked for me on the tough ones was using Murphy's Oil wood cleaner. Got out the toughest collar stains.

    Now, I just wash them every other wear.
     
  8. rjt65

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    They're removed from the washing machine immediately. They hang until dry which takes a few hours.
    +1 though I'd add that you should try and iron your shirts before they dry completely if possible as ironing a bone dry shirt is a PITA.
     
  10. rjt65

    rjt65 Well-Known Member

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    I used to use a spray bottle --with shoes for shining and with shirts when ironing dry...
    +1 though I'd add that you should try and iron your shirts before they dry completely if possible as ironing a bone dry shirt is a PITA.
     
  11. mccvi

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    I follow Kabbaz's recommendations.... http://www.customshirt1.com/ShirtLaundering.html Octagon scrubbed, cold water gentle cycle, hang dry till slightly damp, ironed (Rowenta) when still damp or misted well. As some others have said two wearings in winter, one in summer. I would love to still trust the cleaners but don't (at least not with hand stitched shirts and mop).
     
  12. KObalto

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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....


    What about suits?

    how do you keep them clean pressed?

    cheers


    Dress shirts aren't dry-cleaned. I'm not a big sweater, so I have mine laundered and pressed at the cleaners after 1-2 wears in the summer and 2-3 in the winter. I touch up with the iron in between.
    Suits should be dry-cleaned as little as possible and brushed regularly.
     
  13. mkarim

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    Suits should be dry-cleaned as little as possible and brushed regularly.

    What kind of brush do you use for suits? How to avoid moth holes in suits?
     
  14. ter1413

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    What kind of brush do you use for suits? How to avoid moth holes in suits?

    Regular lint brush. I also have a 12 guage moth zapper.
     
  15. mkarim

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    Regular lint brush. I also have a 12 guage moth zapper.

    Where did you get the moth zapper from? Do you put moth balls in the pockets when you store suits? They stink really bad!
     
  16. rjt65

    rjt65 Well-Known Member

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    I mispoke on the shirts I go to the drycleaners and get em laundered no starch on hanger... thanks all this is a gr8 thread--- gr8 link above on care BTW thanks! Do yu guys hang em to dry outside or inside? too cold in NY in the winter for outside they would freeze! cheers PS a good suggestion from that link wash em at home-- make a deal with cleaner to just press em.. I might inquire on that one!! point is made in the link that u pay for like 6 seconds wash in a commercial washer and not good for the shirts...
    Dress shirts aren't dry-cleaned. I'm not a big sweater, so I have mine laundered and pressed at the cleaners after 1-2 wears in the summer and 2-3 in the winter. I touch up with the iron in between. Suits should be dry-cleaned as little as possible and brushed regularly.
     
  17. Don Carlos

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    Unless you basically ask them for it, most cleaners aren't going to dry clean your shirts. They're going to wash and press them. The danger to the garment, in this case, is not in the chemicals used in the wash (because they're not dry cleaned). It's the machine used to press the shirts. Industrial pressing machines can destroy buttons like nobody's business. Nothing worse than having your MOP buttons smashed to pieces, only to find them replaced by cheap plastic abominations upon getting your shirts back.
     
  18. Lowndes

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    Unless you basically ask them for it, most cleaners aren't going to dry clean your shirts. They're going to wash and press them. The danger to the garment, in this case, is not in the chemicals used in the wash (because they're not dry cleaned). It's the machine used to press the shirts. Industrial pressing machines can destroy buttons like nobody's business. Nothing worse than having your MOP buttons smashed to pieces, only to find them replaced by cheap plastic abominations upon getting your shirts back.

    That is why you ask them to hand iron them.
     
  19. Don Carlos

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    That is why you ask them to hand iron them.

    If you're lucky enough to live near a cleaner that will actually do it, then yes. And if you can afford it, then yes. In my case, yes to the latter but no to the former. The three or four cleaners within a realistic walking/driving radius of my house adamantly refuse to hand iron.
     
  20. Lowndes

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    If you're lucky enough to live near a cleaner that will actually do it, then yes. And if you can afford it, then yes. In my case, yes to the latter but no to the former. The three or four cleaners within a realistic walking/driving radius of my house adamantly refuse to hand iron.

    Man, that is too bad. I've never had a cleaner who wouldn't do it. My old cleaner though did charge quite a bit extra for it ($3 a shirt or something) but my cleaner now only charges $1.25 or so for it. Seems pretty cheap to me and definitely worth it since I hate ironing.
     

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