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How many times do you wear a dress shirt before it goes to the cleaners??

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by drew4392, Dec 13, 2008.

  1. spitfirees20

    spitfirees20 Senior member

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    Good topic, well worth a read. I washed my dress shirts with my regular clothes, and they quickly faded and became terrible looking. Next time I will be sure to use cold water and a gentle cycle, and usually I use a home drycleaning kit like dryel every other week instead of the washing machine.
     
  2. teddieriley

    teddieriley Senior member

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    I've made this same comment numerous times on similar threads, but it takes me at least 20 minutes to iron each shirt to get it to look anything close to one the laundry folks achieve.

    For those that iron their own, does it take this long too? I know people who wear jackets all the time mention ironing short cuts - spending more time on pressing the cuffs, collar and front of the shirt while doing a quick pass on everything else.
     
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    I've made this same comment numerous times on similar threads, but it takes me at least 20 minutes to iron each shirt to get it to look anything close to one the laundry folks achieve.

    For those that iron their own, does it take this long too? I know people who wear jackets all the time mention ironing short cuts - spending more time on pressing the cuffs, collar and front of the shirt while doing a quick pass on everything else.


    I manage about 5 or 6 shirts an hour. I have to admit that the Brooks Brothers non-iron shirts make up a good portion of my business casual rotation. I can have a week or two ready just by taking them out of the dryer.
     
  5. Mr T

    Mr T Senior member

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    Once and done.

    I launder my own shirts too in the machine (some get hand washed) and drip dry. Every weekend I iron enough to get me through the week. It takes me about 10 minutes per shirt to iron.
     
  6. forex

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    I've made this same comment numerous times on similar threads, but it takes me at least 20 minutes to iron each shirt to get it to look anything close to one the laundry folks achieve.

    For those that iron their own, does it take this long too? I know people who wear jackets all the time mention ironing short cuts - spending more time on pressing the cuffs, collar and front of the shirt while doing a quick pass on everything else.


    10 minutes per shirt,iron them while they are damp.
     
  7. rfawcett

    rfawcett Member

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    It all depends. If I wear it the whole day then yes, I wear it for church or a short meeting then no.
     
  8. contaygious

    contaygious Senior member

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    Washing and ironing your shirts really is not that hard and does not take that much time.
    As an incentive since as you mention, you only have a small collection of shirts, it is about a new shirt every month if you do it at home.


    Well, all my pants, jackets, and sweaters are dry clean only so I may as well take my shirts when I go. I honestly don't even have an iron or ironing board. Is there a trick to washing them at home so they last? I notice that my receipts from my shirts always say "handfinish button" on them so should I be doing something special at home?

    The resaon I have a small collection of shirts so far is because of my height and MTM is expensive.

    I think fletchers is worth it for dry cleaning and getting out stains. I'd like to wash/iron my shirts at the very least though in the future.
     
  9. SirSuturesALot

    SirSuturesALot Senior member

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    If its worn beyond an hour inside an airconditioned environment, once.

    Do you do the same for your pants?
     
  10. KObalto

    KObalto Senior member

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    Last week I found a shirt in my closet that I hadn't worn and forgot to clean for over a year. It had these nasty yellow stains all over the collar. I took it to the dry cleaner thinking it probably wouldn't come out. But after I got it drycleaned then it came back looking good as new. The yellow stains were completely gone.

    I keep seeing all these references to dry cleaning shirts. Am I missing something? When I take my clothes to the cleaners, they dry clean my suits but they launder my shirts.
     
  11. manouche

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    So... the reason I ask is sometimes I get lazy and don't want to steam/iron my shirts to wear a second time-- even though they are still clean after I wore it once. And sometimes, I will simply take them all to the cleaners where they come back nice and crisp again.

    Do you get in the habit of ironing a shirt immediately after you wear it (before you hang it up)? Or do you hang it up after you wear it, and when you want to wear it again, you iron it then?

    Or... is wearing a shirt more than once simply out of the question for some?


    I can wear my shirts 5 times.

    Once they are dirty, I put them in my room and unwrap a new one.

    I wash them when I have no more wrapped shirts.

    I almost never iron them as I wash them by hand and wear them under a jumper or a jacket.

    I only iron when I wear a suit so means 6 times per year.
     
  12. acidboy

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    Do you do the same for your pants?

    no, non-denim pants on the minimum gets 5 wears
     
  13. Metlin

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    no, non-denim pants on the minimum gets 5 wears

    Wow! [​IMG]

    I do 3 and was under the impression that that's pushing it.
     
  14. manouche

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    Wow! [​IMG]

    I do 3 and was under the impression that that's pushing it.


    I can wear a jeans for 3 weeks !
     
  15. Metlin

    Metlin Senior member

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    I can wear a jeans for 3 weeks !

    Is that how you keep your neighbors away? [​IMG]
     
  16. acidboy

    acidboy Senior member

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    Wow! [​IMG]

    I do 3 and was under the impression that that's pushing it.


    I wear jeans at work, so I usually wear non-denims for going out and such.
     
  17. Irond Will

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    I wear my shirts until they smell bad or the collar is obviously soiled, which makes it around 3-4 times. Then I send them to the cleaners to be laundered and starched. I guess this makes me a distinct minority on this forum.
     
  18. SirSuturesALot

    SirSuturesALot Senior member

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    I can wear a jeans for 3 weeks !

    There are people here who don't wash their jeans for over a year and toss them in the freezer when they get smelly. I could never pull that off, but I admire the dedication required.
     
  19. stylemeup

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    I keep seeing all these references to dry cleaning shirts. Am I missing something? When I take my clothes to the cleaners, they dry clean my suits but they launder my shirts.

    I might have mis-spoke when I said I get mine dryclreaned. What I meant by that is I take them to the drycleaner to clean rather than put it them in the washing machine myself because in my experience washing machines that I use always fubar clothes over time.

    Although I do recall the drycleaner asking me whether I wanted my shirts washed or drycleaned. I just told him to do what's best for them.
     
  20. Steggy

    Steggy Senior member

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    once. i usually wear all of my clothing once then wash(excluding my jacket), however if i'm in a tight spot, i might throw on a lightly used shirt if it's spotless of course. but really, if you just use a washer/dryer , ~2 hours isn't a big deal after a wear. if you are worried about tedious ironing, i heard the brooks brothers no iron shirts are pretty kickass
     

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