How to Wash & Clean Cotton Mens Dress Shirts – Male Clothing | Style Advice | Fashion Tips

How to Wash & Clean Cotton Mens Dress Shirts – Male Clothing | Style Advice | Fashion Tips

How to Wash & Clean Cotton Mens Dress Shirts
– Male Clothing _ Style Advice _ Fashion Tips Hi. My name is Antonio Centeno. Iím the founder
of Real Men Real Style. Today, I’m going to be talking about how to take care of your
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And this has to do with cotton dress shirts because the gentlemen asks no matter how good
the quality of the material is, any shirt will have some wear and tear after several
wash cycles. And the same goes for any machine washable clothing. How do you deal with this?
Many the materials that youíre talking about is so high and it doesnít noticeably deteriorate
over the years. But it had yet defined something like this. Okay. The gentlemen is referring to probably
an earlier video in which I talk about buying quality dress shirts and how those are going
to 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 always
throw one and wear in most of my videos. These are some of my favorite dress shirts. And
I have literally had these things for ñ well, this dress shirt I have for six years, and
it still looks great. Now, there are steps I go to to make sure that it still looks great
after six years. But I can tell you in a six-year period, I probably 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 it in shape?î
Well, first off, you do need to buy quality. And the reason you want to buy quality is
because simply itís going to hold at better. Itís the difference between buying and, you
know, there are ñ you know, Ford is a great company but there is a difference between
Ford quality and BMW quality. Ford makes automobiles. BMW ñ well, their trucks are pretty good.
But their cars, well, you know, there are acronyms for what ñ Iím guess Iím a Chevy
man, so I can ñ Chevy truck so I can ñ silver auto in particular. But in any case, I donít
want to vouch for it, but I will say that BMW makes amazing driving machines. Notice I didnít say ñ I mean, theyíre big
about, 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 quality here, from the parts to the craftsmanship,
to every little part. And the same goes in the quality shirt, thatís hand-sewn, thatís
individually stitched. All of those details, youíve got to pay attention to and youíll
notice. So, make sure you go with quality, materials of quality shirt. The other thing
is wash it less, this sounds simple but just because you wear a shirt for an hour or you
wear it for a couple of hours doesnít 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 you can oftentimes wear a shirt. And letís say youíre only going to wear it for a few
hours, wear it for a few hours here, a few hours there. Well, you make a three or four
small wears out of it, you know. And Iím not saying if youíre going to be wearing
this thing for 12 or 16 hours, sweating in it riding in an airplane, you know, friends
or people around you are smoking, of course, youíre going to want to wash this shirt.
Itís not all the time that we put a shirt through 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 going to be around the cuff and on the inside of the collar. Those are the areas
where they most often get 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 to pay attention to where itís dirty and really concentrate your cleaning efforts
there. Maybe have some spray, cleaners, some stain remover. Use less detergent and use,
you know, if you canít hand wash the shirt. Now, I say hand washing I know most of you
are not going to do it. So when you wash it in the machine, wash it on gentle. You donít
have to run that thing through permanent press. And if youíve got a newer machine, especially
when itís front loading, itís going to be a lot gentler on it than if you put it into
one thatís got ñ uses that, I donít know, I forgot what itís called, that big tumbler
thing that twists and uses a little bit of, you know, physical force on it. You ñ the
less ñ the gentler you can be with the shirt in the machine washing process, the longer
itís going to last. And it would sound obvious, but most of us donít 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 a plastic hanger or use something thatís got a little bit of
support. Donít use wire hangers or just lay it out and let it dry. What you donít want
to do is put it into a dryer and leave it there for 50 or 60 minutes. And youíre going
to end up pulling all the moisture out of it. And you know that lens in the dryer, where
do you think that comes from- itís pulled from the shirt? So, dryers, especially if
you leave the clothing in there for a prolonged period. Theyíre doing nothing but really
destroying the clothing. Theyíre going to cost it to also. That extreme hit causes the
cotton fibers to change shape and, you know ñ thatís maybe good if you need the shirt
quickly and you want 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 yourself
a little bit more time, pull it out when tís moist and iron it while itís moist. Now,
some of this may require change your habits, but those are the best options in my opinion
to make sure your cotton dry shirt last longer. Okay. This has been Antonio Centeno with Real
Men Real Style. If you would like to learn more about men style and fashion, and stuff
like that, make sure to visit our website. Weíve got a free 47 page eBook, which I think
youíll enjoy. And thatís it. Bye-bye.

37 Replies to “How to Wash & Clean Cotton Mens Dress Shirts – Male Clothing | Style Advice | Fashion Tips”

  1. Although I disagree with the car analogy (I'd rather drive just about anything other than a BMW – they break the most of any car I've worked with, plus are the most expensive to repair), that's another topic for another time.

    On topic, I'll add that perhaps the most important step (in my opinion) is hang-drying. I had problems with shirts wearing out and deforming all the time until I decided to not let any of my dress shirts in the dryer ever again. Even my cheap ones last a long time now.

  2. My father taught me this one a long time ago:
    FORD – Fix Or Repair Daily

    don't know if its still true though as I am seeing a lot of new Fords on the road lately, I'm a GM man as well

  3. I will never buy a front loading machine in my life, I washed my clothes in one a couple times. The clothes literally still smelled when I pulled them out of the drier. High efficiency? Not when you have to do every load twice.

  4. We are trying to cut back on our dry cleaning bill so I am now washing all of my husband's dress shirts at home. At $80 bucks a pop, I am so nervous about ruining them! This video is definitely helpful! I'll be checking to see if you have any video's available for dress pants! If not, can you make a helpful video for that as well?? Thanks!!

  5. Cotton is very sturdy stuff — don't panic! Wool trousers are much more delicate and would take careful hand-washing. If you've got specific questions, I recommend posting them at MensStyleQA (dot com),
    our new interactive Q&A site! It allows people to post questions, answer other people's questions, and up-rate good answers from other users. Much more useful and searchable than our YouTube comments.

  6. my father owned 2 fords in his life, and they both died at around 100k, and we knew people with freakin toyotas who didn't maintain their cars at all with 250k on them.

  7. Hi! Antonio
    what's the exactly colour of that shirt? lavender?
    before i did ask you about this color but not remember what video i sent the comment..

  8. Some front loaders are rough on clothes. Some have sharp edges on the drum. You need to inspect the drum before purchasing a washer and on delivery. I have had clothes ruined by the front loading washer I own.

  9. Hey, I've got really long arms and can't afford for the sleeves to shrink. I'm also not the leanest in the gut, so I don't want the shirt to be too tight around the stomach. What's the best way to wash it without shrinking in those areas?

  10. Great video Antonio… … I was wondering if you could compare washing your shirts this way to taking them to a dry cleaners to have them laundered and pressed. Will the commercial route significantly affect the shirt's longevity?

  11. Several questions: What kind of car do you drive? Do you use a regular iron or steamer ? I'm thinking about getting a steamer since I'm terrible at ironing. Maybe you could do a video on it. 

  12. BMWs quality has no better than your average Ford. Ask any mechanic that has to work on them. They handle better and have better interiors. The reason why the BMWs look they way they do is probably has more to do with the person who is owning. They are more than likely going to take care of their vehicle and perhaps hold on to it. You start getting into other car makers perhaps after the 2nd or 3rd owner not really taking care of it. And considering i have seen Ford cars with original paint etc that are over 20 years and run like brand new. It is because the owner took care of it. I guess it is a similar concept for shirts. The man that buys dress shirts and wears them all the time is more likely to take care of them than the person who buys 10 dollar tees. And truth be told, Used to be a tire tech, 

  13. But I get your point though. lol. Though a lot of car makers like Ford have gone a long way the last 4-5 years on improving their interiors.

  14. so if I only wear it a couple hours and didn't get dirty or stained, can I just reiron it? they always have wrinkles after wearing

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