How to take good care of a shirt?
Today, I’d like to write about the topic that is seemingly obvious, but very often taken lightly by many men. HOW TO TAKE GOOD CARE OF A SHIRT? I know that this question can start a storm, but it’s worth explaining the fundamental rules that condition the comfort and elongate the lifespan of your favourite products, isn’t it?
I think that the familiarity, and most of all gathering appropriate knowledge, enhances our confidence, which is an intrinsic feature of elegance. For me, elegance is image perfectionism that doesn’t forgive mistakes, and ignoring them may lead to a deplorable effect.
Suddenly, it became very serious, but it is exactly the way we take care of every nuance of our outfit that bespeaks about our maturity in the perception of a classic style. Well, it’s high time to start this important topic.
When the shopping euphoria passes, and we’re returning with our dream shirt home, we should remember to put it out of the packaging. With great diligence, take out all of the pins and clips that were supposed to maintain the impeccable appearance of the shirt. It is unacceptable to put on a shirt without a prior ironing. I know that it’s the underbelly of many men. Speaking colloquially: it’s a real shame!!! I eagerly encourage you to read the following paragraph.
Remember about the appropriate choice of ironing temperature that is provided on a special care label that can be found on the inside of the side seam. It’s best to follow the ironing symbol, featuring one, two, or three dots. They mean that the permissible ironing temperatures are in order: 110°C, 150°C, 200°C. It’s vital to remember that you should test the ironing temperature in the least visible shirt area.
Start the ironing with the collar and the cuffs. These are elements that draw particular attention; thus, their appearance has to be top-notch. A valuable tip that shouldn’t be ignored is ironing the shirt inside out. A practical option is making use of the water that will make ironing around the problematic areas easier. Another step is ironing the shoulder area. The easiest way is to place the shirt in the narrow top of the ironing board. In this particular position, iron the creases that are present there. Afterwards, iron the sleeves to get rid of the visible crease running from the shoulder to the cuff. I frequently came across a seemingly well-ironed shirt, but the above-mentioned unattractive sleeve blew the whole effect. The last element is ironing the front and the back.
After the first use, it’s essential to properly wash your shirt. The same rule applies here, simply follow the care label. It features the guidelines concerning the washing method. Pay attention if it is machine washable. If it’s not recommended, find a symbol of a hand immersed in a basin, informing that the shirt can be only hand washed. Most shirts are machine washable. In extreme cases, not following the indications on the care label can result in shrinking or peeling of the stiffening layer inside the collar and the cuffs.
The symbol of a basin with washing temperature indicates its maximum level. Therefore, remember about reading the care label each time. Following the guidelines provided by the producer is the basis for possible complaints. Once the washing and the spinning cycles are over, hang the shirt and allow it to dry off. My precious tip backed by experience is to iron the shirt when it’s still slightly damp.
After all the care treatments, it’s time to hang the shirt. The hanger should be pretty wide and profiled. An ideal hanger is made of wood characterised by appropriate properties. You can’t allow for your shirts to be crammed with other clothes. Such storing methods will have a real impact on the elongation of the product lifespan and will allow you to avoid deformation.