Caring for Your Dress Shirts
Although they are relatively easy for a professional cleaner to clean and press, a shirt can experience several problems, including ring-around-the-collar, color loss, and fabric abrasion that can lead to tears, punctures and holes. Industry experience shows that, on average, shirts have a wear life of 35 to 50 washings. That’s not to say your shirt will shred during its 51st time through the spin cycle. The wear life will fluctuate depending on the amount of abrasion and strain placed on the shirt during wear, the fiber content, and the laundering procedure. Sweat Does More Than Stain A sweat-soaked shirt could eventually turn into a stained shirt if the perspiration is allowed to say in the shirt. Sweat, as well as many antiperspirants, will also weaken the fabric allowing it to be damaged during washing. Localized holes or tears may appear near the underarm area of shirts made with natural fibers or blends.