7 Tips to Take Care of Your Dress Shirts

Today, we'll tell you what steps you should follow to keep your dress shirts intact without spending a fortune on cleaning products and without investing so much time in their care.
7 Tips to Take Care of Your Dress Shirts

Last update: 03 May, 2021

The dress shirt, in any of its versions, is a garment that will never go out of fashion. Every season the catwalks may showcase different styles, but the essence of this well-tailored and well-preserved garment is timeless. And because we know you want to keep them looking brand new, we’ll share some tips with you on how to take care of your dress shirts and keep them looking impeccable.

The dress shirt is a symbol of good looks, style, and elegance. Regardless of the occasion, it’s always a good time to wear one. Whether for work, social gatherings, or black-tie events, this item can be combined with jeans or slacks and you’ll be fascinated with the image you’ll see in the mirror.

Next, we’ll see how you can take care of your dress shirts so that they last a long time and remain in great condition.

Tips to care for and extend the life of your dress shirts

If you’re one of those people who get attached to the same garment and wear it very often, some of your shirts likely show signs of overuse. In this sense, the cuffs and collars become worn and discolored.

It doesn’t matter if your shirts were made to last one season or several, what counts is how you take care of them.

1. Wash them carefully

The first thing you should do is read the shirt’s label, as it contains the washing instructions. Ideally, you should respect them and, if they indicate that the garment is not suitable for machine washing, then avoid machine washing.

Keep in mind that with the first wash the shirt may shrink a little. Therefore, it’s important to take this into account when choosing the size.

On the other hand, try not to dry clean it, unless the label specifies it. This is due to the accumulation of chemicals that will have to be removed by a professional in a specialized store.

We also recommend that you use extra detergent on the cuffs, armpits, and collar, as these are the parts that suffer the most. Finally, remove the stays, undo the buttons, and put them in the machine inside out.

A washing mashine washing clothes.
Not all shirts can be washed in a washing machine, so check the labels first.

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2. Stain removal if necessary

We suggest you use special products for shirts, as traditional stain removers could deteriorate the fabric. There are talcum powder and sparkling water, which are ideal.

3. Dry them well

Avoid using a dryer. It’s better to hang them on a hanger when the shirts are still wet, in a place with good ventilation.

4. Iron shirts

To wear a shirt as it should be, it must be ironed. Wrinkles give an untidy and sloppy appearance.

First, you should iron the shirt inside out and then right side out, with an iron that goes from the lowest to the highest temperature. Choose a steam iron to prevent the dry heat from damaging the fabric.

Then we recommend you follow this order: Collar, cuffs, front, back, and finally, the sleeves.

5. Store them correctly

Ideally, you should hang them on a hanger so they don’t wrinkle as much and don’t gather moisture in the folds. This can cause mildew.

In case you have to fold them, be careful with the collar. Shirts with a very rigid collar could be deformed if you fold them wrongly and then they will fall apart when used without a tie.

6. Pay attention to the hanger you use

Dress shirts shouldn’t share hangers. Rather, you should use one garment for each place. The best ones are made of varnished wood so that they do not have splinters that can damage the clothes.

Plastic or wire hangers will deform the shoulders of the shirt. For this reason, it’s best to invest in good ones with adequate materials.

7. Check white shirts

Even if it’s one of your favorite garments, white shirts come with an expiration date that you shouldn’t try to overextend. Don’t use bleach to remove those old yellowish tones, but look for a replacement as soon as possible.

A woman handwashing white clothing.
White dress shirts have a point of no return. No matter how many techniques we apply, there comes a time when they have to be discarded.

Additional tips for taking care of your dress shirts

Finally, here are a couple of extra tips that will maximize the life of your shirts:

  • Alternate them and don’t always use the same one. You could stock a variety of colors, such as two white, two blue, and one pink.
  • Don’t wear it more than once a week. This way, the fabric recovers its original texture and doesn’t wear out with too many washes.
  • Opt for personalized and custom-made shirts: In general, they come with an extra set of cuffs and collar that you can change whenever you think it’s necessary. While they’re more expensive, you’ll end up saving money in the long run.

We hope you follow these tips and extend the life of your dress shirts much longer. As we said at the beginning, it’s a versatile garment that brings elegance at all times.

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