Published on July 24th, 2015 | by Janine Giorgenti0
Should You Dry Clean or Launder Your Dress Shirts?
For cotton, there is a preferred method
By Janine Giorgenti
This is by far one of the most commonly asked questions that I receive from my clients and acquaintances. If you know anything about me, you know I am a big fan of dress shirts. I am also a big fan of keeping dress shirts clean, fresh, and looking brand new.
Opinions – on whether one should launder their dress shirt vs dry cleaning – tend to differ, but my opinion is rooted in one very simple observation: cotton is a natural fiber.
The chemicals used in dry cleaning are too harsh for cotton and will eventually weaken the fibers. Furthermore, since dress shirts are worn close to the body; it’s not healthy to wear these chemicals on your skin.
Shirts respond well to being washed in soap and water.
If you are washing your dress shirts at home, bleach can be used to brighten whites in warm or hot water. For colors, cold water is best to preserve color.
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