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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. KObalto

    KObalto Senior member

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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.

    A lint brush is fine for getting lint and dog hair off your suits. For maintenance of your clothes, you need a clothes brush. I got mine from Kent Brushes Ebay store. I got a 2-sided one: one side for cashmere, the other for regular wool.
    Moth larvae do not like sunlight. I am lucky enough to have a window in my closet.
     
  2. JohnnyCrockett

    JohnnyCrockett Senior member

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    After each wear (even if just worn for a dinner) I wash the shirts. I used to go 2-3 wears without doing so and found that ring around the collar/cuffs had built up quite a bit. I wear crewneck or v-neck t-shirt undershirts under my shirts.
    I have not tried Shout but I do scrub the collars with a toothbrush and some Dawn liquid dish soap -- the degreaser gets out the ring around the collar. I scrub very lightly b/c I don't want fraying.
    Wash warm.
    Hang dry.
    Iron damp or re-wet with spray part of iron before ironing. This last part is time-intensive but I somehow find it soothing.

    Stopped taking them to the cleaners a long time ago...they butcher the shirts.
     
  3. JayJay

    JayJay Senior member

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    Stopped taking them to the cleaners a long time ago...they butcher the shirts.
    This was my experience, too. Too many shirts came back with buttons broken or missing.
     
  4. jhcam8

    jhcam8 Senior member

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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.

    Use Shout or Spray and Wash or somesuch - rub it in, soak for a while - viola! no more ring around the collar.
     
  5. dl20

    dl20 Senior member

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    I dont know how you guys wear shirts more than once, regardless of the season. Ironing a dirty shirt to wear again just seems wrong to me.

    Even if the shirt doesnt smell, its still dirty from touching your skin. I machine wash on cold, hang dry and hand press. If it starts backing up I'll bring them to the cleaners for a hand press.

    dl
     
  6. Smudge

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    Iron damp or re-wet with spray part of iron before ironing. This last part is time-intensive but I somehow find it soothing.

    +1 on being soothing. For some reason I love ironing my kids clothes (they are 4 & 5), they look so much better when their stuff is ironed and I get a kick out of making them more presentable for no cost. Whilst I'm in the "zone" its not too much of a hassle to do my own shirts. [​IMG]
     
  7. pendragon

    pendragon Senior member

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    I had a maid in my last apartment who used to do my washing and ironing. She was the best. Unfortunately, I had to move and my current maid washes my shirts, but refuses to iron. I may have to have her flogged.
     
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  8. imwithtuxedo

    imwithtuxedo Senior member

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    I had a maid in my last apartment who used to do my washing and ironing. She was the best. Unfortunately, I had to move and my current maid washes my shirts, but refuses to iron. I may have to have her flogged.

    Should have done it the first time she refused. Now you'll never break her.
     
  9. RMIT

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    I asked my maid to wash all my clothes with baby washing powder or liquid. And she has to iron inside out with a piece of fabric as a top layer.
     
  10. Green Lantern

    Green Lantern Senior member

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    90% percent of the time my shirts are laundered after each wear. Once in a while I can wear a shirt a second time and it is worn on the weekend. The twice worn shirt does not make it back to the office a second time due to wrinkles. I have two launderers. My good shirts (Borrelli, Zegna) go to the $2.60 per shirt laundry. My other shirts go to the $1.80 per shirt laundry. I pretreat collars and cuffs on all shirts.
     
  11. RyJ Maduro

    RyJ Maduro Senior member

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    For my dress shirts, I take them to the cleaners and have them laundered.

    Casual oxford shirts and the like are simply washed and tumble dried.
     
  12. davidmross

    davidmross Senior member

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    I wash mine after every wear using the regular cycle and regular detergent. They are NEVER tumble dried as it is a complete waste of energy and it is hard on the shirt. Instead my shirts are placed on hangers to dry overnight or in about six hours if I happen to be doing this during the day. I simply hang my shirts on the shower rod; my city is far too windy in the summer to allow them to be hung outside. They'd all be in the dirt after five minutes.

    I have used a dry cleaner in the past for shirts but I find that the industrial iron kicks the crap out of them. It significantly shortens the life of the shirts and busts buttons regularly. I iron my shirt each morning. It's a part of my daily routine and always will be.
     
  13. rjt65

    rjt65 Well-Known Member

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    Ok so i bought the non iron Brooks shirts on sale 3 for $199.

    Washed all 3 than:

    !) put one on a plastic hanger (after pulling out the wrinkles with my hands by stretching each area flat) to dry overnight.
    2) put 2 in the dryer -gentle about 7 minutes or so, low heat
    one than onto a hangar the other ironed


    Results:
    the worse one with wrinkles was the one not in the dryer--straight to hanger
    the best was the one I ironed - took me few minutes to iron the shirt so easy
    2nd best one in the dryer left on hanger

    So the directions say no iron but that you should put them wash, than immediately in the dryer (light on the heat etc) than immediately on hanger. They do need ironing IMO, but real quick as the shirt snaps to form with little effort.

    The shirts all displayed very little wrinkling after the wash, I am very happy with them and will be buying more

    regards
     
  14. JayJay

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    Ok so i bought the non iron Brooks shirts on sale 3 for $199.


    So the directions say no iron but that you should put them wash, than immediately in the dryer (light on the heat etc) than immediately on hanger. They do need ironing IMO, but real quick as the shirt snaps to form with little effort.

    The shirts all displayed very little wrinkling after the wash, I am very happy with them and will be buying more

    regards

    I've tried them. After I pulled them from the dryer I didn't feel the need to iron them. They are nice shirts but I prefer my must-iron shirts.
     
  15. rjt65

    rjt65 Well-Known Member

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    I assume the feel or fabric is preferable to you ? I will need to get some more shirts and I am thinking french cuff-- maybe I will diversify and go normal versus non iron...

    regards




    I've tried them. After I pulled them from the dryer I didn't feel the need to iron them. They are nice shirts but I prefer my must-iron shirts.
     
  16. JayJay

    JayJay Senior member

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    I assume the feel or fabric is preferable to you ? I will need to get some more shirts and I am thinking french cuff-- maybe I will diversify and go normal versus non iron...

    regards

    I like the feel of the must-iron shirts.
     
  17. biasedcut

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    I've tried them. After I pulled them from the dryer I didn't feel the need to iron them. They are nice shirts but I prefer my must-iron shirts.

    Totally agree - unless I'm traveling or really can't be bothered to iron, I'll go with my regular old must-iron shirts. I just loathe the hotel room ironing and/or shower steam treatment...
     
  18. biasedcut

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    90% percent of the time my shirts are laundered after each wear. Once in a while I can wear a shirt a second time and it is worn on the weekend. The twice worn shirt does not make it back to the office a second time due to wrinkles. I have two launderers. My good shirts (Borrelli, Zegna) go to the $2.60 per shirt laundry. My other shirts go to the $1.80 per shirt laundry. I pretreat collars and cuffs on all shirts.

    What do you use to pre-treat your collars?
     
  19. JayJay

    JayJay Senior member

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    What do you use to pre-treat your collars?
    I use Shout.
     
  20. JohnnyO12

    JohnnyO12 Well-Known Member

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    ok all- I know you all seem to hate starch, but I travel like 3-4 days a week. I have a cleaner that will launder and light starch then put 4 shirts in a travel box for me, for like 2.50 a shirt. It's great for me but now I fear I'm doing irrepable damage, is this the case?
     

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