Crispy Cuffs and collars

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by demeis, Feb 7, 2005.

  1. demeis

    demeis Senior member

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    I got some shirts that have been sitting in the closet for a few years and the collars and cuffs feel sort of hard and cripy. I was wondering if these shirts are past their prime or if there is a way to fix them? They still look wearable but they just feel stiff in the cuffs and collars.
     
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    hopkins_student Senior member

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    You could replace them with new white collars and cuffs. Aside from that I have no suggestions, but I'm sure others will.
     
  3. kabert

    kabert Senior member

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    Run them through the washing machine, then let them drip dry.
     
  4. demeis

    demeis Senior member

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    What would that run?
     
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    hopkins_student Senior member

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    Oh, I have no idea.  All that I know is that that is how contrasting white collars and cuffs came about.  Cuffs and collars would wear out first, and unable to match the fabric, shirtmakers would add white cuffs and collars.  I'm sure someone here knows about how much it would cost.
     
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    Alexander Kabbaz Senior member

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    Sounds like they were starched at some point long ago. It gets harder with age. Put them in the washer with Tide. Start it going until everything is thoroghly agitated. Turn it off and let them soak overnight. Finish the cycle and then do another cycle. Let them dry and they'll probably be fine.
     
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    Sounds good i'll try that. They were all dry cleaned before being given to me and then they sat in his closet for awhile so in the wash they go.
     

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