How to care for your favourite Jermyn street shirts

Thursday September 17, 2015

With the right care, a high quality shirt can last for several years. Follow these simple steps to keep your formal shirts looking sharp for years to come.

 

 

Before washing, prepare your shirts properly. Unbutton all buttons, including cuff and collar buttons and remove the collar stiffeners. Pre-treat any stains by carefully working a little stain remover into them. Never use bleach on your shirt as this will damage the fabric.

 

Unless the care label specifies otherwise, machine wash your cotton shirts at 30 degrees to avoid them shrinking. A lower temperature will also help the shirt’s fabric retain it’s colour for longer. And always separate white and dark colours.

 

Never tumble dry cotton shirts as this will shrink the fabric and shorten their life cycle. Instead hang them up to air dry naturally.

 

It’s best to iron your shirts while they are still damp. This will enable you to dry iron without having to use the steam function and will ensure a smooth finish. For more ironing tips, read our ironing masterclass.

 

 We recommend that you hang your shirts on treated wooden hangers instead of wire hangers. A wooden hanger frame reduces the stress on the fabric and seams around the shoulders, taking care of your shirts and allowing them to last longer.

 

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