How to Wash & Clean Cotton Mens Dress Shirts- Male Clothing _ Style Advice _ Fashion Tips Hi.
My name is Antonio Centeno.
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Today, I'm going to be talking about how totake care of your cotton shirt.
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And this has to do with cotton dress shirtsbecause the gentlemen asks no matter how good the quality of the material is, any shirtwill have some wear and tear after several wash cycles.
And the same goes for any machine washableclothing.
How do you deal with this? Many the materials that youíre talking aboutis so high and it doesnít noticeably deteriorate over the years.
But it had yet defined something like this.
The gentlemen is referring to probably anearlier video in which I talk about buying quality dress shirts and how those are goingto continue to look good overtime.
Now, if you watch my video, youíll notice, actually, I wear ñ thereís a few dress shirts which I keep here in the studio, which I alwaysthrow one and wear in most of my videos.
These are some of my favorite dress shirts.
And I have literally had these things forñ well, this dress shirt I have for six years, and it still looks great.
Now, there are steps I go to to make surethat it still looks great after six years.
But I can tell you in a six-year period, Iprobably worn this dress shirt a hundred times; if not, more.
And so, youíre probably asking, ìOkay, Antonio, if youíve got a hundred wears, if not, more out of this dress shirt, how do you keep itin shape?î Well, first off, you do need to buy quality.
And the reason you want to buy quality isbecause simply itís going to hold at better.
Itís the difference between buying and, youknow, there are ñ you know, Ford is a great company but there is a difference betweenFord quality and BMW quality.
Ford makes automobiles.
BMW ñ well, their trucks are pretty good.
But their cars, well, you know, there areacronyms for what ñ Iím guess Iím a Chevy man, so I can ñ Chevy truck so I can ñ silverauto in particular.
But in any case, I donít want to vouch forit, but I will say that BMW makes amazing driving machines.
Notice I didnít say ñ I mean, theyíre bigabout, ìHey, these are driving machines aimed towards perfection.
î I see people driving, you know, 25, 30-year old BMWs and those things are still holding up wonderfully.
They look beautiful.
I mean, it was a big difference in qualityhere, from the parts to the craftsmanship, to every little part.
And the same goes in the quality shirt, thatíshand-sewn, thatís individually stitched.
All of those details, youíve got to pay attentionto and youíll notice.
So, make sure you go with quality, materialsof quality shirt.
The other thing is wash it less, this soundssimple but just because you wear a shirt for an hour or you wear it for a couple of hoursdoesnít mean itís dirty and it doesnít mean you have to throw it in the hamper.
So, look at the shirt.
Unless itís dirty, donít wash it so youcan oftentimes wear a shirt.
And letís say youíre only going to wearit for a few hours, wear it for a few hours here, a few hours there.
Well, you make a three or four small wearsout of it, you know.
And Iím not saying if youíre going to bewearing this thing for 12 or 16 hours, sweating in it riding in an airplane, you know, friendsor people around you are smoking, of course, youíre going to want to wash this shirt.
Itís not all the time that we put a shirtthrough a full dayís wear.
So if you donít do that, look at the shirt, hang it up and let it air out and then wear it again.
Usually where a shirt gets dirty is goingto be around the cuff and on the inside of the collar.
Those are the areas where they most oftenget dirty and where you need to pay attention and then ñ so this leads to the second part, youíre not washing it often.
And when you do wash it, youíre going topay attention to where itís dirty and really concentrate your cleaning efforts there.
Maybe have some spray, cleaners, some stainremover.
Use less detergent and use, you know, if youcanít hand wash the shirt.
Now, I say hand washing I know most of youare not going to do it.
So when you wash it in the machine, wash iton gentle.
You donít have to run that thing throughpermanent press.
And if youíve got a newer machine, especiallywhen itís front loading, itís going to be a lot gentler on it than if you put it intoone thatís got ñ uses that, I donít know, I forgot what itís called, that big tumblerthing that twists and uses a little bit of, you know, physical force on it.
You ñ the less ñ the gentler you can bewith the shirt in the machine washing process, the longer itís going to last.
And it would sound obvious, but most of usdonít think about it because weíve already got a system in place or weíre lazy.
The last part is drying the shirt.
Let it hang dry.
Let it ñ put it out to dry.
If youíre going to use the hanger, use aplastic hanger or use something thatís got a little bit of support.
Donít use wire hangers or just lay it outand let it dry.
What you donít want to do is put it intoa dryer and leave it there for 50 or 60 minutes.
And youíre going to end up pulling all themoisture out of it.
And you know that lens in the dryer, wheredo you think that comes from- itís pulled from the shirt? So, dryers, especially if you leave the clothingin there for a prolonged period.
Theyíre doing nothing but really destroyingthe clothing.
Theyíre going to cost it to also.
That extreme hit causes the cotton fibersto change shape and, you know ñ thatís maybe good if you need the shirt quickly and youwant to throw it in the dryer just to get rid of some of the wrinkles, go for it.
But a better option would be to give yourselfa little bit more time, pull it out when tís moist and iron it while itís moist.
Now, some of this may require change yourhabits, but those are the best options in my opinion to make sure your cotton dry shirtlast longer.
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