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CARING FOR YOUR WORK SHIRTS

Posted on 06 Oct, 2014

After finding the perfect looking and best fitting mens work shirts, what follows is taking proper care of them. This should help keep them looking new and prolong their durability. 

Laundry Instructions 

  • Ensure to undo all buttons before doing laundry as it reduces strain on stitches that hold the buttons in place.
  • Also, remove collar stays prior to washing as it prevents uneven wear on collar points. This will also save you also from having to find them in the drum after doing the laundry (Collar stays ought to be removed prior to dry-cleaning too!).
  • Turn all men's formal shirts inside out when washing. Doing so protects the mother of pearl buttons from chipping on steel drum. It also facilitates the soap powder acting on any under-arm stains more efficiently.
  • The laundry water should have temperature of between 40°C and 60°C and it helps to read label-instructions before washing formal shirts for men. Due to climatic effects, it might be necessary to wash them at even lower temperature, such as 30°C.
  • Dry your shirt on either an airing cupboard or a line, upon completing laundry as this prolongs its life. Avoid tumble-drying since the steel drum has tendency of wearing out points on cuffs and collar.

Ironing

  • The recommended to iron a shirt made of pure cotton is when it is still slightly damp from washing. Men’s formal shirts might require spraying with a little water if dried out in an uneven manner.
  • Iron your shirt on a flat ironing board and avoid using a steam iron. Press down the section that you are ironing until dry and free from creases. Ensure that the iron’s temperature dial is set to cotton.
  • Men’s shirts are normally ironed starting with the collar, followed by cuffs, sleeves then front panels and lastly the back. Revisit any parts that crease during ironing. 
  • Make sure the collar is damp on both sides and iron the back first until flat and dry. 
  • Next, turn the collar over then repeat the procedure. Iron from point to centre as this minimises creasing on edge of collar. Try not using excessive amount of pressure when ironing collar tips, as these easily wear out during ironing. Ironing the collars of men’s work-shirts with collar stays inside is not advisable as it wears out the cloth at the collar points.
  • Cuffs should be unfolded or unbuttoned always during ironing and done the same way on both sides as was done with the collar. Ironing a double cuff while folded could create lines and make it split after some time. Avoid exerting excessive pressure over cuff edges or points.
  • The sleeves of formal shirts for men should be ironed from top downwards, creating a crease if desired.
  • Next, you should iron the two front panels of the shirt, followed by the back of your shirt.  Always ensure the shirt is completely unbuttoned before commencing this process.

If you have any more caring for mens shirts tips that you think we should add, drop us a line!