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How to Choice Wash or Dry Cleaning Dress Shirt

Method 1: “Wash and press” at the cleaners

Wash and press is the “normal” way to clean dress shirts when you take them to the cleaners. (Don’t be too confused by this.  Even though you take your shirt to the “dry-cleaners”, they are most likely doing wash and press unless you are expressly asking them to dry clean ). This is our first choice. At around $1.50/shirt, this cleaning method is relatively cheap and easy and it keeps the shirts looking great.  At most cleaners, here’s what the process involves:

Shirts are made to be worn, not worshiped. This means they get dirty. However, with proper care, a high quality dress shirt can last for several years and continue to look great. In this post, we’re going to break down three of the most popular washing methods and detail how you can keep your dress shirts looking great for years to come. We’ll also outline how to deal with special emergencies as well as provide some other cleaning tips.

  1. They wash your shirt in a normal washing machine using water and detergent.
  2. They remove most of the water from the shirt with the spin cycle in the washing machine.
  3. They pull the damp shirt onto an industrial shirt press that closes over the shirt and simultaneously irons the garment while removing all of the moisture.

Pros: Convenient, (relatively) inexpensive.

Cons: Some cleaners will be too hard on the shirts.  The slamming of the press over the front of the shirt can cause  buttons to chip or shatter. If the shirt torso or sleeve is stretched over the press when it is steamed dry it can cause this part of the shirt to become wider in these areas.  Finally, in the process of bringing the shirts from the cleaners to your closet collars will often be smashed in some way, requiring additional ironing for optimal appearance.

How to Wash a Dress Shirt

Method 2: Wash the shirt yourself at home

If you don’t trust your dry cleaner, or if you’d just like a little more control over how your shirts are washed, you may want to wash your dress shirts at home.  We really like this option, but to do so properly requires a bit of time and care on your part. Follow these steps for optimal results:

  1. Start by preparing the dress shirt.  Unbutton all of the buttons, including cuff buttons and any collar buttons.  Remove any collar stays if it has them and put them in a safe place.
  2. Pre-treat any stains by carefully working a little detergent into them, or better yet spot-cleaning them with a stain remover pen.
  3. Set up your washing machine: To minimize wear on a fine or lightweight dress shirt, use the Delicate cycle.  If the shirt is made from a heavier duty fabric, or is particularly dirty you may opt for the Normal cycle.  Whites and light colors can use hot water.  Dark colored shirts that you don’t want to fade should be washed with cold water. Take care not to include other laundry items with bold colors that may bleed into your shirts.
  4. Use a high quality detergent, like Woolite Complete, that is appropriate to the color of the shirt.  Be sure not to use any detergents or cleaners that are chlorine based as these will cause discoloration to many shirt fabrics.
  5. Wash the shirts in the washing machine, and then let the spin cycle wring most of the water out of the garment.
  6. The shirts will be tightly crumpled in the washing machine so you’ll want to remove them promptly before these intense wrinkles will dry into the shirt. Hang the shirts up or lay them out so that they can air dry.  Be careful about hanging the shirts on a sharp hanger or with tight clothespins as this can distort the fabric or leave a mark on the shirt.
  7. Next you’ll want to iron the shirts.  You don’t need to wait for the shirts to be completely dry to begin this step, but they should be mostly dry.

Pros: Gives you the most control to treat stains, protect buttons, and iron collars carefully.

Cons: Takes time and attention.

How to dry cleaning a Dress Shirt

Method 3: “Dry clean” at the cleaners

While we don’t really recommend dry cleaning cotton dress shirts, some folks like to take their shirts to the cleaners and have them dry cleaned. While this cleaning method will certainly not damage the shirt and minimize shrinkage, it does have some downsides. The first is that it can be expensive – usually over $5/shirt. Another is that water soluble stains such as perspiration are not removed. Dry cleaning solvents contain very little to no water so perspiration based dirt can be left untouched.  Washing dress shirts in water is better for removing water soluble dirt and stains from sweat.  That said, if your dress shirt has an oil based stain on it you may have better luck getting it cleaned by a dry cleaner than in a washing machine.

Pros: Convenient.  Minimizes wear of the shirts.  Removes oil-based stains.

Cons: Won’t always remove water soluble dirt or stains. Expensive. Your shirts are at the mercy of a potentially abusive shirt cleaner.

Question: Is it ok to dry shirts in the dryer?

We recommend avoiding the dryer and letting the shirt air dry on a hanger, although (depending on the size of your house) this is not always practical. If you must put the shirt in a dryer, avoid high heat or over-drying the shirt. Use the dryer to get most of the moisture out of the shirt, and then iron the shirt immediately to remove the rest of the moisture and any wrinkles at the same time.  If you dry your shirts completely in the dryer you’ll find the shirt a bit harder to iron perfectly, and they will likely shrink beyond Proper Cloth’s calculated shrinkage allowances.

Question: How to remove a stain from a white shirt?

In the unfortunate event that you get spill some wine or spaghetti sauce on your shirt, some quick action could minimize any stains that result.

  1. With a brush or comb, carefully swipe or lift away any large pieces such that you don’t smear them worse into the garment. 
  2. Immediately treat the stain with water or stain remover solvent.  The sooner the better.  If you can’t get your hands on a stain remover pen, we recommend a Tide Pen, try dishwashing detergent, lemon juice, vinegar, or seltzer water. 
  3. Dab solvents on the stain with a light touch. Pressure can force the stain deeper into the fibers of the garment. 
  4. Rinse and repeat. 

Question: Should I use starch when the shirt is pressed?

While many people do like to have their shirts starched, our suggestion is to avoid starch completely.  While starch can help a broadcloth or oxford shirt appear more crisp it can also cause shirts to wear out prematurely.  When the starch material gets embedded in the shirt fibers it acts like a million little knives that break down the fibers over time.

Three tips to maximize dress shirt life

  1. Don’t leave dirty white shirts in the hamper for too long before washing. This can lead to premature yellowing of the collar band as any sweat and oils will have more time to set into the fabric of the shirt.
  2. Always remove the collar stays from the collar before washing and ironing.  If you don’t they will become warped causing the dress shirt collar points to curve awkwardly.
  3. Don’t count on your cleaner to find and remove stains. If you know there’s a spot on your placket or sleeve, point it out so that they know to spot clean it.

Have you wondered how we clean your clothes?

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We’re proud to use bio-based SYSTEMK4 on our customer’s clothes. It’s derived from corn and non-toxic.
We use #SYSTEMK4, an environmentally-friendly mix of bio-degradable cleaning solution and energy-saving technology that offers exceptional cleaning.

Longer social posts:

  1. We’re happy to share that we use SYSTEMK4 in our dry cleaning plant. All components of SYSTEMK4 are produced in a way that fulfills – and exceeds – stringent, statutory environmental regulations without giving up exceptional cleaning results. SYSTEMK4 is:

• Non-toxic
• Non-hazardous material per CLP Regulation
• Favorable environmental classification per GHS
• Biodegradable
• Dermatologically tested
• Greater than 99% Pure
• Halogen-free
Ask us for more information. We’d love to talk with you about it.

  1. Have you wondered how we clean your clothes?
    We’ve chosen to partner with Kreussler, the garment care industry’s leading innovator of solvents and technologies. Their flagship dry cleaning process SYSTEMK4 is a worldwide patent pending cleaning system that combines chemistry, technology, and processes to meet the highest demands in dry cleaning.

In a time of increased government regulations, economic and environmental demands, Kreussler is setting new standards with SYSTEMK4, and, in the process, changing the dry cleaning industry worldwide in a sustainable and positive way.

We’ve chosen to bring you the highest quality products for your garment care so we can continue to provide you with exemplary dry cleaning services.

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Depending on the course of processing a shirt different prices.

Wash & Machine Press, Hand ironing vs. Dry Cleaning for Shirts 

Wash and press is a process reserved for men’s cotton button-down shirts.

These items are washed and a special machine is used to dry and press them,

which allows for reduced costs vs. other shirts that need to be dry cleaned.

Dry Cleaning is the process of cleaning garments using a chemical solvent other than water.

We recommend that you follow the care instructions of your garment.

If the tag reads ‘dry clean only’, it should be processed accordingly.

Please note that some shirts are not eligible for Wash & Press and will instead be Dry Cleaned – Wet clean include,

but are not limited to, women’s shirts/blouses, very small shirts, special fabrics or designs,

and certain types of buttons (eg, steel).  Other items such as skirts, pants, sweaters and jackets,

will always be dry cleaned and cannot be washed and pressed.

People for some reason would find organic Dry Cleaning! Systemk4 is biodegradable and has been tested dermatologically with the result “Very Good”

http://www.systemk4.com/en/

 

     SYSTEMK4 is an environmentally friendly and absolutely safe cleaning process.

     The basic component of SYSTEMK4 is a halogen-free solvent. It is designed in such a way that,

    When properly used, it does not pose a risk to air, water, human beings and soil.

     And here lies the huge innovative potential of SYSTEMK4:

     The cleaning effect of the solvent SOLVONK4 is the same as perchloroethylene, and sometimes even better.

     At the same time, SOLVONK4 is not classified in Europe as either a hazardous material or a hazardous substance! Moreover,

     Systemk4 is biodegradable and has been tested dermatologically with the result “Very Good”.

 

     The unique advantages are absolutely clear:

 

  • You offer your customers excellent cleaning quality.
  • You offer your customers dermatologically tested skin friendliness with the result “Very Good”.
  • Biodegradable solvent : eco-friendly, preserve nature in a sustainable manner.
  • Increase the safety of your business thanks to the favorable hazardous substance classification of SYSTEMK4.
  • Satisfy all legal, environmental and work place regulations.
  • Economical and increased productivity with lower energy expenditure.

 

Why Dry Cleaning is Better for Your Clothes Than a Washing Machine.

Laundering and dry cleaning are both processes designed to cleanse and desoil clothes and other articles.

The more traditional cleaning practice, laundering is a water-based cleaning process that most often utilizes

an in-home washer and dryer combination and common soap or detergent. Dry cleaning, much like its name suggests,

uses no water but is a comprehensive process that cleans the clothing just as effectively, if not,

more effectively than the laundering method. While both processes have their purposes, in general,

dry cleaning is better for clothes, especially delicate items, than conventional washing in a machine.

 

The Dry Cleaning Process
A cleaning process that literally dates back to ancient times,

dry cleaning is a well-established practice that utilizes specially selected cleaning agents and a unique method to cleanse

any number of articles of clothing without damage. While water is not the main cleansing agent in dry cleaning,

the process does involve the use of liquids for stain and soil removal.

Much like laundry, dry cleaning does use a specific machine in which the garments to be cleaned are put.

After being put in the machine, the machine is started and gently rotates the clothes in the basket while a steady stream of clean solvent is pumped into the system.

Simultaneously, the dirty solvent is pumped out of the drum to maintain the constant cleansing of the clothing.

Following the solvent cycle, the next cycle begins by rapidly circulating the clothes and removing all of the solvent.

Finally, the clothes are dried as warm air is pumped into the machine and continues to circulate as the basket of clothes spins.
Advantages of Dry Cleaning
As this process does not require the immersion of the clothes into water and features a gentler process,

dry cleaning has several distinct advantages for cleaning clothes when compared to a washing machine.
1. Soft Process—Comparatively, dry cleaning is considered a soft washing process, particularly when equated to the conventional method of laundering.

The rotation of the drum in dry cleaning is much milder than the abrasive agitator in a washing machine, a

nd the limited amount of water and solvent used helps protect the garments being cleansed.
2. Clothing Preservation—In addition to its soft washing process, dry cleaning is also better for maintaining the new appearance of clothing.

Dry cleaning rarely causes shrinking of delicate fabrics and maintains the color and texture of fabric better than the conventional method of washing.
3. Deep Cleaning—Another one of the advantages associated with dry cleaning is the process’s ability to “deep clean” tough soils and stains.

Dry cleaning has a distinctive ability to dissolve oil and grease in garments that is difficult to do with traditional washing.

This cleaning process is known to restore garments to a “like-new” state with one processing.
4. Finished Appearance—When removed from a washer and dryer, clothes often come out looking rumpled and wrinkled – in need of further ironing and treatment.

However, with dry cleaning, clothes are crisp, fresh, and clean when finished.

While traditional laundering and dry cleaning are both cleaning processes that have their place, dry cleaning offers for more advantages

in terms of cleanliness and clothing maintenance than the traditional washing machine. Dry cleaning gets clothes cleaner,

keeps them looking new longer, and gives them a “like new” appearance with each treatment.

When it comes to the controversy of washing machine versus dry cleaning, the verdict is clear – dry cleaning is superior.

Here’s what you need to know about so-called organic and green dry-cleaning.

Today’s ‘organic’ products are called so in substantially different meaning than just being simply organic in a traditional sense. Specifically, ‘organic’ is used to refer to a thing made from completely natural non-toxic materials and process without any artificial stuff harmful to human body and environment, additives, supplements and processes.

Non-toxic.
The cleaned textiles have a fresh scent.
Excellent cleaning power for water soluble and lipophilic stains.
Gentle cleaning of textiles, leather and furs.
Very pleasant and smooth feel.
High wearing comfort.
Bright colors.
Increased protection against textiles

Effective environmental protection. Well thought out – Solvon K4 for a sustainable future:We take over responsibility – for the protection of human health and our environment. That is why all components of K4 Systems in such a way that they fulfill stringent, statutory environmental regulations

 

K4 Dry Cleaning – Dermatologically tested skin friendliness with the result “Very Good”.

SYSTEMK4 is an environmentally friendly and absolutely safe cleaning process. The basic component of SYSTEMK4 is a halogen-free solvent. It is designed in such a way that, when properly used, it does not pose a risk to air, water, human beings and soil. And here lies the huge innovative potential of SYSTEMK4: The cleaning effect of the solvent SOLVONK4 is the same as perchlorethylene, and sometimes even better. At the same time, SOLVONK4 is not classified in Europe as either a hazardous material or a hazardous substance! Moreover, SOLVONK4is biodegradable and has been tested dermatologically with the result “Very Good”.

The unique advantages are absolutely clear:

  • You offer your customers excellent cleaning quality.
  • You offer your customers dermatologically tested skin friendliness with the result “Very Good”.
  • Biodegradable solvent : eco-friendly, preserve nature in a sustainable manner.
  • Increase the safety of your business thanks to the favorable hazardous substance classification of SYSTEMK4.
  • Satisfy all legal, environmental and work place regulations.
  • Economical and increased productivity with lower energy expenditure.

System K4 Cleaning

Do you know your dry cleaners still use perc?

Perchloroethylene (“perc“) has long been recognized as an effective dry cleaning solvent and today

it is by far the most commonly used solvent in dry cleaning shops.

However, as a volatile organic solvent,

perc may pose serious health hazards if exposure is not properly controlled.

 

Learn more Resources Site

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Cancer Danger From Dry Cleaning?

 

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