Keeping The Wickett

How to Care for a Shirt

Great shirts are to be worn and enjoyed. This means they will get dirty and require some care. With attention, a high quality shirt can last for several years and continue to look great. Here are the most popular washing methods and ways on how you can make your shirts look great for years to come.

Method 1: Wash the shirt at home

The Wickett shirts are inherently durable and can last the test of time. Even so it will be good if you take care of some basics too they can last longer. Washing at home can be the easiest option but we give you some guidelines so its easier for you to know what is the proper way. 

  1. Unbutton all the shirt, including cuff buttons and any collar buttons.  Remove any collar stays.
  2. Pre-treat any stains by carefully working a little detergent into them, or better yet spot-cleaning them with a stain remover.
  3. To minimise wear on a fine or lightweight dress shirt, use Delicate/Sotf Wash If the shirt is made from a heavier duty fabric, or is particularly dirty you may opt for the Normal cycle.  Whites and light colours can use hot water.  Dark coloured shirts that you don’t want to fade should be washed with cold water. Take care not to include other laundry items with bold colours that may bleed into your shirts.
  4. Use a good quality detergent, that is appropriate to the colour of the shirt.  Be sure not to use any detergents or cleaners that are chlorine based as these will cause discolouration to many shirt fabrics.
  5. Wash the shirts in the washing machine, and then let the spin cycle wring most of the water out of the garment.
  6. The shirts will be mixed in the washing machine so you’ll want to remove fast to avoid further crumples. Hang the shirts up or lay them out flat so that they can air dry.  
  7. You don’t need to wait for the shirts to be completely dry to iron the shirts, but they should be mostly dry.


Method 2: Wash and press at the cleaners

This is another great choice. A bit more expensive but with attention to detail, this cleaning method is relatively cheap and easy and it keeps the shirts looking great.

When handing in the shirt make sure you point out any stains so they can be take care of properly. 


Method 3: Dry clean at the cleaners

We don’t really recommend dry cleaning cotton shirts, as it can be too expensive, also water soluble stains and perspiration won't be removed in the process. Dry cleaning solvents contain very little to no water so perspiration based dirt can be left untouched.  Washing dress shirts in water is better for removing water soluble dirt and stains from sweat.  We recommend this option mostly when you have an oil based stain on your shirt.


Question: How to remove a stain from a white shirt?

In the unfortunate event that you get spill some wine or sauce on your shirt, some quick action could minimize any stains that result.

  1. With a brush or comb, carefully swipe or lift away any large pieces such that you don’t smear them worse into the garment. 
  2. Immediately treat the stain with water or stain remover solvent.  The sooner the better.  If you can’t get your hands on a stain remover pen, we recommend a Tide Pen, try dishwashing detergent, lemon juice, or vinegar.
  3. Dab solvents on the stain with a light touch. Pressure can force the stain deeper into the fibers of the garment. 
  4. Rinse and repeat. 

Question: Should I use starch when the shirt is pressed?

While many people do like to have their shirts starched, our suggestion is to avoid starch completely.  While starch can help a broadcloth or oxford shirt appear more crisp it can also cause shirts to wear out prematurely.  When the starch material gets embedded in the shirt fibers it acts like a million little knives that break down the fibers over time.

Three tips to maximize The Wickett shirt life

  1. Don’t leave dirty white shirts in the laundry bag for too long before washing. This can lead to premature yellowing of the collar band as any sweat and oils will have more time to set into the fabric of the shirt.
  2. Always remove the collar stays from the collar before washing and ironing.  If you don’t they will become warped causing the dress shirt collar points to curve awkwardly.
  3. Don’t count on your cleaner to find and remove stains. If you know there’s a spot on your placket or sleeve, point it out so that they know to spot clean it.