Do you take your stuff to the cleaners or iron it yourself?

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  1. Renault78law

    Renault78law Senior member

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    I know this is actually accurate advice, but I hate it. I can wash 8 shirts at once. There is little chance I will notice when they get to the point of being 'slightly damp' and no chance that the others won't have dried completely by the time I work my way through them one at a time.

    I do my own most of the time (with a spray bottle in hand) and once in a while just take them to the cleaners when I'm not feeling like doing them myself.

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    After you wash your 8 shirts, wrap them with a large towel. Approximately 24 hours later, they will be "slightly damp." Timing wise, your milage may vary...but the towel method, or even using a plastic bag, works pretty well.
     
  2. rdawson808

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    After you wash your 8 shirts, wrap them with a large towel. Approximately 24 hours later, they will be "slightly damp." Timing wise, your milage may vary...but the towel method, or even using a plastic bag, works pretty well.


    Nope, I cannot be arsed to do this. What am I supposed to do with the large bundles of towels-o-shirt? We just don't have the space for all those damp wads in our small space. I'll let them dry on the hanger; grab one that happens to have not dried completely and iron that one. For the dry ones, I'll keep my spray bottle handy.

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    How can this thread get this long without referencing Alexander Kabbaz' write-up: http://www.customshirt1.com/ASK/laund01.html


    Yeah, I've seen it. With all due respect to Mr. Kabbaz, his directions are ridiculous. I don't have a valet to do all that work for me. It must take him days to launder his shirts.

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  5. jmatt

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    Yeah, I've seen it. With all due respect to Mr. Kabbaz, his directions are ridiculous. I don't have a valet to do all that work for me. It must take him days to launder his shirts.

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    I ignore the "how to wash the shirt" part. I do follow the "how to iron a shirt" part though.
     
  6. NoVaguy

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    i iron my shirts myself, suits and trousers go to the cleaners.


    more or less the same, but i've have been using the dryel dryer bag thing for the cheap stuff (lauren, nautica, banana republic pants etc).
     
  7. rnoldh

    rnoldh Senior member

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    I have some cotton shirts that I simply cannot get to look good. I have tried ironing them numerous times and they always end up looking wrinkly. I can iron T-shirts okay, but that is because they are so simple. I am wondering if you iron your own shirts, or if you simply take them to the cleaners. I visited the cleaners for the first time today and it is $2/shirt - seems like a good price and I could even wear the shirts 2 or 3 times between cleaning and pressing.

    So does anyone have any suggestions or advice on how to iron a cotton shirt? I've never been good with arts and crafts.


    This has been an interesting thread. My only observation is amazement that you could poosibly wear a shirt 2 or even 3 times between cleaning and pressing. Would it still seem reasonably fresh?

    You are certainly a lot "cooler" than me. Some days I keep an extra shrt in the office to change mid day. Of course I'm in Houston, Tx(95 degrees in the summrer) and I'm in and out of the office constantly.

    Does anyone else out there in SFland get more than one wearing of a shirt per cleaning?
     
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    Yes. I actually like to sleep in some of my long sleeve shirts in winter. But I'm not wearing high end stuff either.
     
  9. Luc-Emmanuel

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    and I could even wear the shirts 2 or 3 times between cleaning and pressing.
    [​IMG] As soon as I'm back from work, my shirt ends in my Componibili wash basket. I just can't imagine wearing it again before it's clean and pressed!

    As far as ironing the shirts, I iron them all myself, beginning by the big parts. I don't iron the shoulders unless they are really wrinkled, thus I usually spend about 6 to 8 minutes per shirt.
    Ironing trousers are much harder, the legs tend to spin as you "crease" them resulting in double crease (at least on flat front pants). I usually send them to the cleaner.

    !luc
     
  10. Nantucket Red

    Nantucket Red "Mr. Fashionista"

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    Every Saturday, my shirts take a trip around the corner to the cleaner's, and then I touch them up with the iron before wearing. They never see the inside of my washing machine. Shirts go to the cleaner's after one wearing.
     
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    Yeah, I've seen it. With all due respect to Mr. Kabbaz, his directions are ridiculous. I don't have a valet to do all that work for me. It must take him days to launder his shirts.

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    Perhaps you might print off Alex's instructions for your fiancee. [​IMG]
     
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    This has been an interesting thread. My only observation is amazement that you could poosibly wear a shirt 2 or even 3 times between cleaning and pressing. Would it still seem reasonably fresh?

    You are certainly a lot "cooler" than me. Some days I keep an extra shrt in the office to change mid day. Of course I'm in Houston, Tx(95 degrees in the summrer) and I'm in and out of the office constantly.

    Does anyone else out there in SFland get more than one wearing of a shirt per cleaning?



    As I confessed in another thread recently, yes. I try to get two or three wearings out of dress shirts between cleanings. A few points: 1.) I wear undershirts. 2.) I consider it a shirt-maintenance measure. Fewer trips to the cleaners, fewer opportunities for something to go wrong, less wear-and-tear, etc.

    3.) I hang them between wearings for a few days.4.) When the weather is this gross in NY, all bets are off.
     
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    This has been an interesting thread. My only observation is amazement that you could poosibly wear a shirt 2 or even 3 times between cleaning and pressing. Would it still seem reasonably fresh?

    Does anyone else out there in SFland get more than one wearing of a shirt per cleaning?


    In the late fall, winter, and very early spring, I can easily wear a shirt twice. Maaaaybe a third time, but I would have to have been doing virtually nothing those other two days. Of course it all depends on my level of activity. But in the summer there is no way I wear one more than once.

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  14. HitMan009

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    I hand wash all my shirts. It's pretty simple. After I get home, I immediately spot treat the collar, cuffs, underarm and other places where there is a stain. After about an hour, I submerge it in luke warm water. Gently toss it around in the water and I leave it till I come back home the following day. It saves me from scrubbing any part of the shirt and so far, all the shirts that I been using the method for have held up pretty well. Rinse off all the detergent, squeeze dry(no twist dry). Hang on a plastic hanger and by the time I finish dinner, the shirt is just damp enough to iron.

    By the way, I use Tide liquid detergent.

    Now if I can only cut my ironing time for each shirt. It takes me roughly 25-30 minutes to iron a shirt. Can someone give me pointers as how I can speed up this process. I have a Rowenta Professional Luxe model. Perhaps I need to get a better ironing board?
     
  15. bch

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    Better fabric (2 ply) irons more easily than cheaper fabric.

    Ironing a shirt is like shaving. It's a skill every man should have.

    Get a decent iron with good steam output.

    Don't use starch, use Magic Sizing made by Faultless. It's available at the grocery store.

    Practice a bit, and you will do a better job than the dry cleaner, and it shouldn't take you more than 5 minutes to iron a shirt. No more creases in barrel cuffs when they are ironed flat. Your shirts will last longer and look better, too.
     

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