HOW TO WASH A DRESS SHIRT
Laundering is the simplest part of dress shirt care and maintenance:
- Wash dark and light colors separately; be sure to remove collar stays first if your shirts have them.
- Select the highest heat setting the fabric will take, warmer for light colors and cooler for darks.
- Add measured detergent (usually about a cup per load, but follow the soap manufacturer’s recommendations), toss in your shirts, and start the machine.
Note: Using high quality soap is imperative; cheap soap does not clean as well and ultimately provides little or no cost savings.
- At the end of the wash cycle remove your dress shirts and gently shake them out; transfer them to the dryer and tumble on medium or high heat.
- Importantly, dry them for only a few minutes, just long enough to heat the fabric, but not so long that the wrinkles begin to set.
- Remove each shirt while it is still steaming and warm and place it on a plastic hanger to finish drying. You may be surprised how well the wrinkles release, even in an all-cotton shirt.
- Purists insist a tailored men’s dress shirt should only be washed by hand, and only in lukewarm water.
- Hand washing is a time-consuming undertaking. Most machines have a hand wash cycle nearly as gentle as actual hand washing, a reasonable option if you prefer this method.
- You can also place each shirt into a zippered mesh bag specially made for delicate laundry to reduce the gradual wear and tear that results from machine agitating
HOW TO REMOVE COMMON STAINS FROM A DRESS SHIRT
Stains come with normal wear and tend to occur in three places:
- The collar: Your skin secretes oil and deposits it on the shirt’s fabric, leaving a dingy film or “ring” around the collar.
- The cuffs: Your hands do something similar at the cuffs, which also pick up environmental dirt throughout the day.
Once the shirt’s material is stained, pre-treating it with an oxygen-based spot remover (or even a bit of the undiluted detergent itself) may be necessary, as follows:
- Apply the treatment directly to the stained area, give it a rub or even a gentle scrub with a brush, and then be patient.
- The key to success is waiting a few hours or overnight to wash the shirt after treating it.
- If you use an oxygen-based cleaner, treat the stains and soak the shirt in a water-filled basin or tub before washing.
- Be sure to test dark or brightly colored dress shirts first for colorfastness.
- White shirts will often stand up to bleach added at the beginning of a warm- or hot-water wash cycle.
- Be sure to place only whites into the load, and be advised that bleach, while effective for many types of stains, can worsen armpit stains. But it is an efficient cleaner for most sturdy, all-white clothing.
- There are also spot-removing pens and wipes made to go with you and treat mishaps the moment they occur.
- A stain pen is an ideal solution for the blob of soup that landed on your shirt’s breast pocket during your business lunch. But it should serve only as a temporary measure until you can wash the shirt in earnest
Material information: 100% Cotton
30°C cold WASH
DO NOT BLEACH
DO NOT TUMBLE DRY
IRON LOW/medium HEAT
DO NOT CHEMICAL DRY CLEAN
Turn the t shirt inside out before going into washing machine to avoid any pilling, design damage, and to maintain vibrant color of the fabric.
Wash dark colours separately and wash similar clothes together. Do your laundry with cold water. Dry under the shade
30°C MILD FINE WASH
DO NOT BLEACH
DO NOT TUMBLE DRY
IRON LOW HEAT
Keeping Your Cotton T-Shirts Incredible
- Be Quick: the sooner you address the stain, the better.
- Don’t Rub, Blot: Rubbing can spread the stain.
- Avoid Heat: it can set the stain, making it difficult to remove.
Coffee: If the stain is fresh, liberally apply club soda and blot until removed. If the stain is set, pour warm water on the stain and apply a few drops of laundry detergent to help remove the stain. Rinse thoroughly.
Prepare to wash your trousers/chinos by turning the item inside out. Wash with liquid detergent on the normal cycle with hot water to achieve the deepest clean.
- Wash with like colours and fabrics only.
- Cotton chinos can withstand tumble drying with medium heat.
- Dry these chinos inside out
- To ease ironing, remove from the dryer while still damp or line dry.
- To avoid marking the fabric, turn inside out to iron. Iron downwards (along the leg). This helps to maintain the length of the cloth.
DO NOT TUMBLE DRY
Cotton Socks Care Guide by Cotstyle
At Cotstyle, we create some of the finest socks in the country, and across the world. Our socks are made of premium quality cotton, and undergo stringent quality standards from start to finish. We love creating luxurious comfort for your feet and take utmost care of each pair of socks till it reaches your doorstep. Keeping this in mind, we suggest few ways in which you can care for your socks that will make them stay in fine condition even after several washes, and continue to bring you joy.
Remove the Label Carefully
Before using the socks, please cut the thread used to attach the label/rider with a pair of scissors. Do not try to remove the label by breaking the thread with your hands to avoid damaging the socks.
Wash With Love
- To make matters easy, we provide wash instructions on a label with each of our socks that you should follow very carefully.
- Use room temperature or cold water to wash the socks.
- Use the right detergent when washing the socks; avoid very harsh chemicals. Woolen socks will last much longer if you use detergents specifically meant for woolen clothing. For cotton socks, it is suggested you use colour-safe detergents such that the colour lasts longer and doesn’t fade easily.
- Always wash the socks inside out (except Wool Socks). This ensures that the lustre lasts longer.
- Rinse the socks in clear water (room temperature or cold).
- You can choose to soak the socks in a fabric softener of your choice, post wash (not applicable to Wool socks)
- Tumble-drying our socks is a strict no-no, owing to the nature of the yarn used to manufacture the socks.
- Do not brush the socks while hand washing.
- Do not pull the yarn if any thread is visible outside; cut the thread to the shortest possible length using a pair of scissors.
- Always store your socks in pairs, which will make it easier for you to locate them; unless you wish to begin a new fashion trend of oddly paired socks.
- You can fold / roll the pair together and place it carefully in a sock drawer.
- While storing try not to fold the socks too much or bundle them in a ball, as this might damage the fibre or cause the socks to stretch too much.
- It is recommended that you group your socks by colour, by placing dark shades with other dark shades, and light shades with light. This will help avoid any possible transfer of different coloured fibres.
- Use cedar balls to protect from moths or other insects.
Choose your Socks Wisely
- Choose the right fit for your socks, by following our “Size Guide”.
- Choose the right thickness and fabric for your socks, depending on the weather conditions of the city you live in, and the purpose of use.
- If you like a style / pair of socks, we suggest you buy more than one pair of the same socks such that in case one of the socks gets damaged, you can pair it with one from the other pair.
- We suggest you don’t restrict yourself when it comes to colours and patterns; go crazy with our extensive collection of designer socks.
Choose your Shoes Wisely too
- While it is important to choose the right fitting shoe, take further precaution by choosing the right material of shoes to be paired with the appropriate fabric of socks.
- If you wear heavy boots or leather shoes, choose a thicker pair of socks; conversely if you wear suede/ light cloth / mesh shoes, choose from our fine and super fine collection.
- Lighter fabric worn with heavier shoes or vice versa, will not only cause damage to the socks, but discomfort to your feet.
Woolen Socks Care Guide by Cotstyle
Cotstyle uses the finest quality Merino and Cashmere wool to bring you premium quality woolen socks. These premium socks require special care in order to continue giving you warmth and comfort for a long time.
Washing your Woolen Socks
- We suggest always hand-washing your Woolen socks, and following the instructions on the label.
- Machine wash or Dry Clean is a no-no. These actions cause your Woolen socks to get brittle and cause felt, also stripping them off their lustre.
- Do not use harsh detergents or bleach on your Woolen socks. It is suggested to use special detergent/liquid meant for woolen socks.
- You may soak your socks in the liquid detergent for upto five minutes and then rinse them well in warm water.
- Do not wring or scrub the socks; you can squeeze out excess water by squeezing them gently.
Post-Wash Care for Woolen Socks
- Once you have squeezed out excess water, put your socks to dry immediately.
- Dry your socks on a flat surface away from sunlight.
- Do not tumble dry.
- While putting them to dry, do not bundle up the socks. Keep them flat and reshape them. This way you do not need to iron your socks, which causes damage, and saves the socks from wrinkles or stretching.
Storing your Woolen Socks
- Store your Woolen socks with other plain clothes or socks.
- Store the pair folded together, to avoid losing one from the pair. Do not tie them together or roll them in a ball.
- Place cedar balls along with the socks to avoid insects / moths from damaging your socks.
Caring for your Woolen Socks
- Woolen wool, although luxurious, is very delicate in nature.
- In order to make your socks last long, we suggest using Woolen socks with lighter boots, shoes and comfortable slippers. Use of these socks with heavier boots might cause early damage.
- When storing or carrying your socks, keep Woolen socks along with plain clothes/socks or blunt objects. Avoid keeping them with clothes/objects that might cause friction or pull at the woolen fibre.
Bobbling of Woolen Socks
- Bobbling or Pilling of Woolen socks is a natural process that occurs with all natural fibres.
- It could be more or less in specific socks depending upon the dye used, the knit of the fabric, or how much the socks are worn.
- The pilling can exaggerate by use of certain conditioners or detergents.
- These “bobbles”, which are basically fibres sticking out, can be removed by hand or a special comb or device meant for the purpose. Do not try to cut the bobbles with a scissor as it may damage the socks.
By caring well for your Woolen socks, you will notice that the socks get softer and more comfortable the more you wear them.