- We suggest undoing all shirt buttons before washing; this lessens the strain on the shirt stitching holding the buttons in place.
- Check for any loose threads and attend to them before washing.
- Make sure that collar stiffeners have been removed; otherwise you’ll damage the points of the shirt collar.
- Always read the wash care label.
- Separate your whites from your colours.
- We suggest washing cotton shirts at 40°C and washing dark colours separately.
- Choose your washing powder with care and use a colour care powder for strong colours so as not fade your favorite shirt.
- Do not tumble dry your shirts as this is a very harsh way to treat natural fibers such as Egyptian cotton.
- Tumble drying removes all the moisture from natural fibers and leads to drum wear on the collar and cuffs.
- A common mistake that is often made with good quality shirts is that people over dry them, this can lead to shrinking, it can also make ironing a much tougher task than it needs to be.
- Most washing machines have a fast spin cycle, select this as it removes most of the water after washing then hang shirts and allow them to dry normally until slightly damp.
- Cotton shirts are best ironed whilst slightly damp from washing. You will achieve much better results with much less pressing.
- If you have over dried your shirts then slightly dampen them before ironing by using a spray bottle filled with water and then iron them, you will find it much easier and achieve better results.
- Always use a warm iron, never hot.
- Start by ironing the collar, and then move onto the yoke, sleeves, sides and finally the back.
- When ironing the collars, iron the back of the collar moving inwards from each collar tip towards the center. This will stop the fabric bunching at the collar points
- Do not iron a double cuff in the folded position as this can lead to multiple lines and fabric splitting.
We recommend having your cotton shirts laundered by a good quality laundry service.