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What is the best way to look after your shirts?

 To ensure longevity and best performance from your shirts always follow the care advice on the label. 

  • A normal machine wash on a warm cycle is preferable as hot or very cold water is more likely to shrink or shift the color in a garment. Always check the label first as different fabric constructions require different washing cycles.
  • Wash similar colours together and never leave your shirt soaking in detergent with the exception of white fabrics which may be carefully soaked in a special solution by experienced launderers.
  • Never add bleach to coloured, striped or checked shirts as it is only intended to use on white garments.
  • For stubborn stains around collars and cuffs you can use a stain remover product however its always good to check its ok to use on colored garments first.
  • Premium Quality shirts tend to suit modern front loader washing machines so always use good quality detergent preferably organic which is chemical free and may also prolong the life of the fabric.
  • Its best to hang shirts damp immediately after washing on a hanger as the drying process will cause the fabric to dry in the same direction which makes it easier to iron. Generally cotton shirts will dry in a few hours. 
  • Avoid tumble drying where possible as the excessive heat can be damaging to finer fabrics and may lead to unwanted shrinkage. Excessive drying on high heat can also reduce the life of your garments by weakening the fibres of the fabric.
  • For the best results iron your shirts with a hot steam iron while damp. The assistance of an ironing agent may also be useful on some fabrics. Take it easy around the cuffs and collars as they will only require a light press and should always be ironed from the back to keep your collars and cuffs looking brand new for as long as possible. This also prevents unsightly scorch marks from the iron and prolongs the life of your shirt.