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Hang Dry, Tumble Dry Or Dry Clean?

 

Dress shirts as you would know, are men’s favorite attire. Be it an official meeting, anniversary celebration, hangout or a formal event, it’s a perfect wardrobe choice and there is no denying this!  However, if dress shirts are one of your priority clothes, it means that they probably get dirty every now and then.

It’s also said the lesser your wash your shirts the longer they’ll last. As true as this may sound, you just cannot neglect the importance of washing them because what good are your expensive designer dress shirts if they look shabby and dirty! It will turn your royal shirt into a royal mess.

The key lies not only in washing them sporadically, but also correctly (which happens to the more important of the two). No matter how sporadically you wash your precious dress shirts, if you don’t do so properly, the fabric will soon begin to wear out. To figure out the best way to wash your shirt, read the washing instructions given on the label.

Assuming you have read the given instructions and complied with it, the next step includes drying the shirt. Now this may not sound all that important, that cannot be further from the truth. Proper dying techniques are essential to make your dress shirts last longer. It not only helps retain the shirt’s shape, but also its quality.

On that note, the three most common drying methods include hang dry, tumble and dry clean. Each method has its own set of pros and cons. For a more clear understanding, all three methods are described as follows:

 

Hang Dry Your Dress Shirts

This is probably the most common and easiest way to dry a dress shirt. It involves washing the shirt, giving it a shape-up and subsequently hanging it on a “hanger”. Some people also prefer buttoning up the shirt after hanging it. If you want the dress to be wrinkle-free, then tugging it may help.

Moreover, it’s important to keep in mind the type of hanger (material) you choose to hang your shirt on. It’s advisable to use a plastic hanger (as opposed to metal and ones) because it ensures that the fabric doesn’t get damaged. The reason why metal and wooden hangers are not such a great choice is due to the fact they cause puckered shoulders, the last thing you would want to happen to your dress shirt.

 

Tumble Dry Your Dress Shirts

Another method used for drying dress shirts is “tumble dry”. As the name implies, it involves putting the clothes in a drum (generally heated), which then tumbles the clothes continuously until they dry. This method of drying is used widely because of the convenience it offers. You clothes get dry in comparatively less time, without much effort on your part (a fine example of how technology benefits humans).

Furthermore, there are many options available to people who wish to use this method for drying dress shirts. For example, they can either choose to tumble dry on low, moderate and high heat. The higher the temperature the less time it will take for the shirt to dry. However, high heat is not advised, as it can weaken the fibers of the fabric. One notable disadvantage of this method is that tends to create a great amount of wrinkles on the shirts and that is why is not ideal for dress shirts.

 

Dry Clean Your Dress Shirts

The third most common drying technique employed for dress shirts is dry-cleaning. Now this a technique particularly used by laundries. It quite different to the ones mentioned above solely because in this method the dress shirts are not washed in water, but a liquid solvent. So it’s not literally dry cleaning. The clothes are soaked in a liquid/chemical “perchlorethylene”. One of the biggest advantages of using this method is that it removes oil and grease stains exceptionally well.

But as you all know, everything has its share of pros and cons, so does this method. Along with being relatively expensive, it also lacks the ability of removing water soluble stains. For example, if your dress shirts have a perspiration stain, then is unlikely to come out through this method.

That being said, many dress shirts are designed to be washed using this method only because of its propensity to not damage the shirt’s fabric.

 

Which Method Should I Use?

There’s much debate as to which drying method is the best. Many are in favor of the traditional one (first), while some prefer the second and third one. The fact of the matter is that there’s no such thing as a “best drying method”. Every dress shirt is designed differently, therefore, what may be ideal for one shirt, may not be that good for another.

So the key is to read the labels carefully. It contains valuable information which is vital for ensuring that your dress shirts last longer. Those instructions come precisely from the designer who knows best what’s good and bad for the shirt. That is why, pay heed to the guidelines given on the label.

 

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