As all clothes you wear, dress shirts tend to get dirty, and that's okay. We're here to let you in on a few tips on how to wash your dress shirts at home without damaging them. With proper care, your dress shirts can last for a long time. Continue reading this article to find out how to care for and wash your dress shirt the right way.
Washing your dress shirt at home saves you a lot of time and gives you more control over how the situation than dropping them off at a cleaner. While it's a good option, there are some things you need to know to get the optimal result. Follow the step-by-step guide below, and you're guaranteed success every time.
1. Start the process by preparing the dress shirt or dress shirts you want to have washed. Make sure to unbutton all of the buttons; don't forget the cuff and collar buttons. Remove any collar stays if the dress shirt has those.
2. Any visible stains? Pre-treat them by working in some detergent into the stains. Pro-tip: use a stain remover pen if you have one of those.
3. Prepare your washing machine and make sure you use the appropriate cycle for your dress shirts. Washing dress shirts in fine fabrics? Use the most delicate cycle available to avoid any shrinking or damage. If your dress shirts are on the heavier side in terms of materials (or very dirty), you may use a normal cycle.
4. We strongly urge you not to use any detergent with chlorine in it, as this will cause unwanted discoloration to a lot of shirt fabrics. Instead, use one that works with the color for the shirt. We recommend that you use a high-quality detergent when washing your dress shirts.
5. After washing your dress shirts, make sure to remove them fast from the washing machine to stop the deep wrinkles from drying into the fabric.
6. Either hang up the dress shirts or lay them out flat down and let them air dry. Avoid any sharp hangers or hangers with tight clothespins, which may distort or leave a mark on the dress shirt.
7. Lastly, you'll want to iron your dress shirts. This step doesn't require a completely dry dress shirt, but it shouldn't be soaked either. Click here to read our how-to guide on how to iron a dress shirt. Tired of using the iron? Check out our Non-iron dress shirts and skip this part altogether.
If you're washing a white or light-colored dress shirt, you can use hot water, however, for black and dark-colored dress shirts, you're better off using cold water to avoid fading.
Accidents happen, we know. If you ever find yourself with an unwanted stain on your dress shirt, quick actions could significantly minimize the stain's damage. Click here to learn how to remove stains from your dress shirt.
Short answer: Yes, it can. Long answer: Yes, your dress shirt can end up shrinking if you go overboard with the drying process. We recommend that you avoid using the dryer for your dress shirts, particularly for this reason, as it may end up leaving your dress shirts shrunken quite a bit.