How many of you wash your own dress shirts?

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  1. scnupe7

    scnupe7 Senior member

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    I am considering washing my own dress shirts rather than sending them to the cleaners. Does anyone else do this? Is there special method I should use when doing this?

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    alchimiste Senior member

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    I do.
     


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    RJman Posse Member Dubiously Honored

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    I do as I don't feel obliged to pay someone to fuck up my shirts -- as I would be unless I sent them to Parkway. I cold-water wash them on Delicate and hang dry, unless the shirt is oversized, in which case I toss it in the dryer. I pretreat collars and cuffs.

    TTTT, it's a bit of a pain. Still, they're not scorched, or shrunken, or yellowing.
     


  5. guitone

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    I was about to start bringing them in to the cleaners again as it was such a pain as I let them go and had a pile of 30+ to do....I got them done as I was home from work for a month on STD, but now I am thinking maybe I need to just do a wash of 5 or 6 and iron them...why not machine dry and then iron? Also, why not use just cold water? I find that since I really don't get my shirts dirty, so far anyway cold water has been fine, but tell me if there are good reasons to change my approach, and I am not about to start scrubbing these before I wash......
     


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    I at least do the washing on my own. As most RTW shirts have sleeves that are only barely long enough for me (wide shoulders, not long arms) I can't risk my dry cleaner shrinking them at all, as they always have in the past. Unfortunately, I'm not the best with the iron and sometimes I end up taking my shirts to the cleaner to be pressed.
    It is my experience that the Kabbaz technique, though brilliant, is often a little more work than most people (that I know at least) are willing to put up with. I find that unless I have ring around the collar and/or cuffs or stains elsewhere, that washing on cold with a liquid detergent and then hanging to dry is all that is necessary. I have just recently purchased a spray bottle so that I can moisten my shirts before ironing and I imagine that this will make all of the difference in the world. This generally goes without saying, but make sure to always use distilled or at least purified (I use a Pur filter) water for spraying and ironing.
     


  7. bry2000

    bry2000 Senior member

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    I always send my shirts out. Tower cleaners in NY and City of London Cleaners in London. I would consider washing and ironing the shirts myself if I were wearing very expensive, perfectly fitting bespoke shirts. But my lineup right now consists of RTW H&K, T&A, and Brooks for the most part.
     


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    zjpj83 Senior member

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    I don't but am going to start.
     


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    Alter Senior member

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    STD? Sexually Transmitted Disease? I hope you're feeling better now. [​IMG]
     


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    AlanC Minister of Trad

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    I wash on gentle cycle on cold (sometimes whites on warm), hang dry and hand iron using a spray/mist bottle. Of course, I don't have to wear a dress shirt every day so it's not too bad to keep up with. I do have a bit of a backlog at the moment, though. I haven't caught up after a recent trip.
     


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    Vintage Gent Senior member

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    I too wash and iron--I've been doing so for nearly a decade now. Unless I get the sudden urge to have buttons crushed, I will never again trust the care of my dress shirts to the cleaners.
     


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    I gave up on the cleaners after shiny collars and lost shirts.

    Wash on 40C/100F and spin lightly on 700 or 500RPM. Stretch side, shoulder and sleeve seams. Stretch the front and collar and cuffs, if needed and drip-dry. Iron in batches of 5-6 in front of TV, preferably with a beer within reach.

    The only problem with this is I used to get my shirts folded and wrapped in plastic. Now, I have to hang them up and they take up way too much space.

    B
     


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    STD< Short Term Disability, as in post surgery......
     


  14. Luc-Emmanuel

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    I wash my shirts, and I iron them too... Last sunday I ironed 24 shirts. I just kept stacking them in the 'to-do' closet until I realized how many there were. [​IMG] luc
     


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