Caring for Your Shirts

Caring for your shirts

With proper care, your shirt will last for years and continue to look as good as the day you purchased it.

We suggest commercial laundering without starch. This can also be replicated at home; however, we have noticed that shirts shrink more when washed at home as compared to when commercially laundered.

To care for your shirts at home, please follow the steps below:

  1. Unbutton the shirt and remove the included metal collar stays.
  2. Pre-treat any stains on the collar by rubbing detergent or spot-cleaning with a stain remover. Let it sit for a while before laundering.
  3. To minimize wear, use the Delicate cycle. If the shirt is particularly dirty, select the Normal cycle. Wash with cold water. Do not wash with bold colored clothes.
  4. Use a high quality detergent that is appropriate to the color of the shirt. Please do not use any detergents or cleaners that are chlorine based as these may cause discoloration.
  5. Wash the shirt and then let the spin cycle wring out most of the water.
  6. Remove the shirt from the washer and hang or lay it out so it can air dry. We recommend avoiding the dryer. Heat is the enemy of all cotton and linen garments. If you must put the shirt in a dryer, avoid high heat or over-drying the shirt.
  7. For best results, iron the shirt while it’s still slightly damp. Use a cool iron and the shirt will continue to look new. If the shirt has dried up a bit, use a hotter iron with steam to work the wrinkles out.
    Tips to maximize your shirt’s life:
    • Do not leave dirty white shirts in the hamper for too long before washing. Sweat and oils will have more time to set into the fabric and may cause premature yellowing of the collar band.
    • Always remove the included metal collar stays before washing and ironing.
    • Don’t count on your cleaner to find and remove stains. If you know there is a spot, please point it out so that they can deal with it.
    How much will my shirt shrink?
    Most woven cotton or linen shirts shrink an average of 3%. All fabrics are slightly different, but 2 - 4% is the norm.