In our June 2013 issue, our Fashion Forward columnist, Elaine Simmons, deconstructed the sport shirt. Below, learn our easy care tips for making your shirts last.
Washing – You can drop off your shirts at a professional laundry or if you want them to last longer you can wash them yourself. Self-laundry can be therapeutic!
Wash your shirts separately from your other clothes. Use warm or cold temperature water. Hot water can set a stain. While you’re waiting for the washer to fill use a stain remover or liquid detergent on the collar and cuffs. Let the water and the detergent mix for a minute before you add your shirts to the machine.
Don’t over-dry your shirts. Put them in the dryer, wait a few minutes and hang them up. While they are still damp is a perfect time to iron them!
If you opt for professional cleaning, go easy on the starch, especially for sport shirts. Starch protects a shirt from dirt, and gives it a stiffer appearance, but over time it deteriorates the fibers. Try light starch or only ask for starch every three visits.