How to care for a dress Shirt

Susana Tuya

Susana Tuya hails originaly from Peru. She is Director of La 'qua Image, which helps assist all different types of people to maximise their self-image potential.

Knowing the Proper care for your dress shirts is essential in holding your shirts in good condition and while projecting a professional appearance.

How to care for a dress Shirt 

  • Machine wash dress shirts on a gentle cycle with luke-warm water to preserve the fabric.
  • Never dry-clean dress shirts because the chemicals can distroy the fabric.
  • Deodorant should be applied and allowed to dry before putting on shirt to prevent antiperspirant stains.
  • To avoid lifting the colour of your shirts, separate them before laundering into three categories: whites, colours and darks. You can use an appropriate bleach to fix colours.
  • Check for stain before ironing the shirt because the heat from an iron can permanently fix the stain into the fabric.
  • It's easier and better for the fabric, to iron a dress shirt while it is damp. It will also make it easier to get out any wrinkles.
  • If the shirt is exceptionally wrinkled, spray some water onto the part of the shirt that is about to beironed.

How to Iron a Dress Shirt

  • Set the fabric dial of the iron to the appropriate setting (in general 'cotton' for dress shirt)
  • Iron the back of the collar first and then the front. Start at the points and move inward.
  • Lay one shoulder over the narrow edge of the board and iron it, shifted your shirt as needed. Iron the second shoulder at the same time.
  • Open cuffs fully and iron inside first and then outside.
  • Lay flat one sleeve and iron it. Start with the back side, front side second and take extra care on armhole seams.
  • Hang shirt over the board so that one front panel of the shirt can be extended flat. Iron from shoulder to shirt tail.
  • Rotate shirt over board so that you iron the back next, and the other front panel last.
  • Hang the shirt immediatly on a hanger to avoid wrinkles.


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  • paula says
    this is very good information because i just put my hubbys shirts in the wash with everything else and hang it up on a coathanger when its wet.
  • Finally, I can show this to my wife to make sure she gets my shirts ironed just perfectly!!!

    (just kidding dear).

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