How to Care For Your Custom Dress Shirts
Knowing the proper care for your custom dress shirts is essential in keeping your shirts crisp and in good condition, while projecting a well-groomed appearance.
Many men ask, "How do I clean and take care of my custom shirts?"
Tips on how to care for and extend the life of your dress shirts:
- Wash your brand new custom dress shirt before wearing, to remove any toxic chemicals and to make the material softer.
- Routinely check your custom shirt to see if the buttons are secure, or if there are any loose threads, in order to avoid embarrassment and the nuisance of losing a button.
- Machine wash your custom dress shirts on the Gentle cycle using lukewarm water, which preserves the color and extends the life of the fabric.
- Do not dry-clean your shirts! The chemicals in dry cleaning fluid will destroy the fabric or even turn your custom shirts yellow. Instead, request that your shirts be laundered.
- Starching while pressing causes cotton fibers in custom dress shirts to weaken. To keep a crisp look, buy a custom shirt with a high thread count.
- Apply deodorant or cologne to your body and wait for it to dry before putting on your dress shirt. This will help you to avoid antiperspirant stains.
- Promptly wash stains out of your custom dress shirt before the stain sets and is absorbed in the fabric. This will help to prevent permanent staining.
- Separate your shirts before laundering into three categories: whites, colors and darks. This will minimize lifting the color out of your shirts or "color runs." Use chlorine bleach, such as Clorox, to get your white shirts whiter. Use color-safe bleach or a diluted bleach solution for light colors. Avoid bleaching your dark colored shirts.
- Check for stains and clean before pressing. Heat from an iron will permanently set the stain into the fabric.
- It is best to iron your custom dress shirts while the fabric is damp, so you do not scorch or damage the fabric. This also makes it easier to get all the wrinkles out. You should only use a high-quality steam iron on a dry shirt.
Tips for ironing your custom dress shirts:
- Collar - Iron the collar by starting from its underside. Iron away from the collar points toward the back of the neck area. Then, turn the shirt over and iron the same way for the front of the collar.
- Yoke - Iron the yoke area starting from the neck, moving outward to the center of the shirt. If there are pleats at the yoke, iron the pleats flat in the direction of the fold.
- Cuff - As with the collar, iron the cuffs inside out. Always remember to lay the sleeves flat and start from the bottom of the cuff moving upward, then iron the other side as well.
- Shirt body - Iron the torso starting at the shoulders and moving down to the shirt tails. Do it step by step, starting with the right front panel then the left front panel. This will keep each side equally well-ironed. Remember to use the iron tip to iron in between the buttons as well.
Hanging your custom shirts:
- Use wooden or plastic hangers with firm shoulders in order to maintain the flattering contours of your custom dress shirt. Wire hangers will destroy the shape of your custom shirts.