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Much like a classic car, if you properly care and look after your shirts, they should look great for a long time. Learn the proper ways to care for your for shirts with Calibre.
How to Wash a Shirt
Before doing anything, always read the wash instructions. The last thing you want to do is damage your favourite shirt by washing it at the wrong temperature.
- Start by unbuttoning all buttons, including the collar buttons, cuffs and remove collar stays if your shirt has them.
- Next, separate your shirts into wash loads of whites, darks (navy and black) and colours, as they will need to be washed separately just in case any colours bleed.
- Following the wash instructions, select the right temperature to wash your shirts at. Typically, most shirts should be washed in either cold or 30° on the ‘delicates’ setting. Using colder water will help the shirt retain its shape and colour.
- Avoid using laundry detergents with optical whiteners, as these are basically bleaching agents and never leave shirts soaking in a tub of water or wet in the washing machine for long periods of time as this encourages colors to run and white shirts to discolor.
- Once the wash cycle is complete, it’s time to dry.
How to Remove Stains from a Shirt
Now and again, we get a bit too enthusiastic with red wine or a bit of take away and we end up with a stain on our crisp shirt. The key to removing stains is to try and remove them as soon as they happen. The longer you leave a stain, the harder it is to remove.
Some of our favourite stain removal tricks for shirts are:
- For stubborn stains such as red wine, start by dabbing the stain with a damp cloth, the follow up by dipping the stain in fresh soda water. Follow up with stain remover before the wash.
- The same can be said for most stains but soaking should be avoided at all costs.
How to Dry a Shirt
Air-drying is the tried-and-true way to dry your shirts. Hang them on a wooden hanger straight out of the washing machine, this avoids minimizes creases and let Mother Nature do the work. Although it is possible to machine-dry your shirts for a few minutes right after they finish washing, we suggest keeping them away from the dryer as the extreme heat reduces their lifespan.
How to Iron a Shirt
Ironing a shirt well is an art form that can be mastered with a few easy steps:
- Consider the types of shirts that need to be ironed. Always start with cotton shirts first, as they require a lower iron temperate, then move onto linen shirts which will need the heat increased.
- Start by ironing the sleeves of your shirt.
- Next, iron the back, paying careful attention to the pleats and shoulders.
- Flip it over and iron the front. Be mindful if there are any pockets on the shirt and be gentle around the buttons.
- Finish by ironing the collar.
How to Store and Hang a Shirt
Now that you have washed, dried and ironed your shirt, it’s time to put them away. There’s no special tricks or witchcraft when it comes to hanging up a shirt—just use your common sense.
- Store your shirts away from direct sunlight on sturdy wooden hangers or thick plastic hangers, not cheap wire hangers.
- Give each shirt a little bit of space while they are hanging up so air can circulate around them.
Shirt Care Tips
Like most things in life, it’s usually better to invest in high-quality shirts rather than skimping out on something that won’t survive the workweek.
Discover Calibre’s wide range of business, casual and formal shirts now.
Yours in Style,