Maintaining the shirt will extend the life of the garment

I decided to write a story about something as simple as maintaining the shirt, that is, how to keep the shirt clean from one wash to another and iron it properly.

Washing cycle

In cotton and linen shirts, as a rule of thumb, I wash it when it has been caught in something other than the smell of purity. That is, if the armpit smells other than a mild scent of laundry detergent, then the shirt can be put in the wash. So in winter the same shirt can go for a few days, but in summer the shirt may have to be washed after one day of use. It depends so much on what the shirt is made of.

With or without a undershirt?

One way to extend your wash cycle is to keep a t-shirt under your shirt as an undershirt. Some consider this "wrong" and others consider it a normal way to save on clothing. Personally, I don’t like the undershirt seams visible, so I like it without a t-shirt. But many may need to wear an undershirt due to sweating or abrasions on their nipples, for example. However, be sure to wear a deep-grooved V-neck shirt if you wear an undershirt, as flashing the undershirt is considered a stylistic flaw.

If we look at the history of the men's shirt again, the underwear could only be afforded better by the people and the workforce always wore the shirt without the undershirt. Of course, at that time, the t-shirt was never worn in public anyway, because it was an undershirt. But I saw a bit of a perspective on the use of the undershirt.

The undershirt is also used to warm up in the winter and protect against deodorant staining. Deodorant can stain an expensive shirt and is often due to the aluminum in the deodorant. I definitely recommend giving up the deodorant that contains aluminum, because it will stain your t-shirts yellow underarm really quickly. A good quality deodorant does not contain alcohol or aluminum like Floris Cefiro.


Let's go back to that washing. Good quality cotton and linen shirts are washable well, which means they don’t change shape, shrink or fade. Always follow the washing instructions and wash the clothes in the same color. I wash all the white and light shirts and t-shirts at once because they are all pure cotton and all have the same Washing Instructions. Be sure to remove the removable collar bones before washing. If the shirt has a special garden, then I recommend taking it directly to the laundry. By washing myself, I have rarely succeeded in removing real stains. It is also good to remember to wash the shirt "fresh", ie it is not advisable to collect dirty shirts for many weeks but the shirt should be washed as soon as possible after use.

Blended shirts are more challenging, meaning shirts that have some man-made fiber in addition to cotton or linen, so I've given them up altogether. The biggest problem with these is that I don’t think they breathe properly and have to be sad about them.

I usually treat dirty parts of the shirt with stain remover, even if the dirt may not be visible. These points include cuffs (especially if you wear a watch and / or bracelets) and a collar opening where the neck hits the shirt. I don’t have to handle the armpits because the good quality deodorant doesn’t stain.

When the shirt comes out of the wash, I shake it well and hang it on the hanger to dry. It is a good idea for the hanger to be wide of the model so that it does not press the drying marks on the shoulders of the shirt and otherwise the shirt can dry more freely.

Unfortunately, a poor quality shirt is usually only recognized after a couple of washes. The fabric will go bad and the shirt may lose its shape. Pure cotton alone does not guarantee good quality, as cotton fabrics are also diverse.I personally wear the Reykjavik District and Giovanni Rosmin shirts, which are excellent casual and party shirts

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In fact, I originally only had to write this article about ironing my shirt. Of course, the shirt must always be clean and ironed. The shirt can be ironed helpfully with a normal iron and ironing board. In this case, only the sleeves will have ironing stripes, unless you are really careful. However, there is a tool for this, the sleeve board.

The sleeve (or the gift of the trousers) is threaded onto the sleeve board and can be comfortably ironed without ironing the "press seam". This picture board is what I inherited from home, but a quick google said the sleeve boards are still on sale. So some good things seem to stay.

But a better solution for ironing a shirt than a sleeve board is definitely a steam iron (see the pictures below). A steam iron is a device that blows hot steam to straighten the fabric. The steamer is not pressed against the fabric, but the hot steam makes the fabric straighten. The fabric does not get wet and is ready for use immediately. With such a device, we are actually "ironing" all the clothes that come into the boutique, which may wrinkle during transport. The steam iron is suitable for a wide variety of fabrics, but with silk I would be very careful as the steam is still in the hundreds of degrees. The device makes a thicker fabric straighten, such as a woolen fabric or a villler.


The steamer with the Singer brand has been purchased from Turku Sewing Machine. The price of the device, I remember, is a little over a hundred euros, so it is not a very expensive purchase. Instead, placing the appliance in a small utility room can be a bit tricky, as it can’t be reduced in any way without undue effort. I consider the steam iron to be the best way to iron any garment.