Shirt Care

1. Washing

    • - Hand-washing is preferred
    • - Undo all buttons for washing as this will lessen the strain at buttonholes
    • - Remove the collar stays
    • - Turn the shirt inside-out
    • - Unless specified otherwise, machine-wash in water at temperature of 40°C to 60°C (104°F to 140°F)
    • - Line dry or dry in an airing cupboard; do not tumble dry
    • - “Hand-laundering” dry-cleaning service is another possibility to avoid chemical treatments to the shirt

 

2. Ironing

    • 2.1 General advice
    • - Cotton shirt is best ironed while still slightly damp from the wash
    • - Fine spray might still be required if the shirt has dried-out
    • - The shirt should be unbuttoned during ironing
    • - Iron both sides of the shirt if necessary
    • - The general order to ironing a shirt is the following: collar, cuffs, sleeves, yokes (shoulders), front panels and ending with the back panel
    • - One finished hang shirt with a hanger with the top button done
    • - Set the iron’s temperature dial to “cotton”
    • - Lay the shirt flat on the ironing board, and using a dry iron (no steam), press the fabric until dry and crease free
    • - Be careful not to iron over the garment label as this is not made from cotton and may be damaged

 

    • 2.2 Collar
    • - Remove collar stays
    • - Iron the back of the collar and band before the front and start from the collar point to the centre to avoid creasing on the collar edge
    • - Try not to use too much pressure when ironing the collar tips; these are the part most susceptible to wear when ironing

 

    • 2.3 Cuffs
    • - To be ironed unbuttoned or unfolded on both sides
    • - Try not to exert too much pressure when ironing over the cuff points or edges

 

  • 2.4 Sleeves and front and back panels
  • - Iron from the top of the sleeve down to the cuff
  • - Iron the two front panels and then the back of the shirt
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