All our shirts are 100% Egyptian cotton, except for villelas,
which have a small percentage of wool. Natural fibres are essential
for a quality shirt, but they require more care than a polyester
blend (polyester is basically plastic, which is very hard to
destroy). We have tried to simplify the care of the shirt and so
that it doesnít require a lot of time and can be carried out on a
daily basis. Thatís why you donít have to dedicate more time,
except ironing the shirt given the nature of the fibre.
Our recommendations are the following:
1. If machine washed, always wash the
shirts with COLD WATER. Never use warm or hot water programmes. The
cold-water programme is at about 30įC, warm water 40-45įC and hot
water 60įC. If a shirt is washed using a warm or hot-water
programme the shirt is not only going to shrink, but it will also
wear more. If the shirt is hand-washed, use warm water at a maximum
30įC, i.e., lukewarm water. In general, shirts do not have to be
hand-washed; you may machine wash, but always using cold water.
2. If hand-washed, NEVER SCRUB cuffs and
collar, nor fabric. By scrubbing the shirt you are
"filing" the fabric down, wearing it very quickly. If itís
difficult to remove dirt from the collar and cuffs, use some sort of
pre-wash product which doesnít have corrosive substances. These
products are usually sprays or roll-ons which are applied before
washing the shirt; left it for a few minutes to soak and then wash
as normal. This should do the trick.
3. NEVER USE WHITENERS NOR BLEACH, not even for white shirts.
White fabric gets dirtier than other fabrics, particularly due to
air pollution, and in some homes white shirts get the same treatment
as other white linen, towels or sheets. You should never wash a
white shirt like this, never use bleach or whiteners.
4. NEVER USE TUMBLE DRYERS. Dryers considerably affect the
life of a shirt and shrink the garment; a dryer has a similar effect
to hot water. Shirts should be dried naturally. During the summer be
careful not to leave it out too long drying.
IRON COLLARS AND CUFFS ON THE INSIDE. If collars and cuffs are
ironed on the right side the fabric will become shiny and the edges
will be scratched with the iron, wearing the fabric. Itís normal
to see worn collars and think that itís just natural wear, but itís
because the collar has been ironed on the wrong side, or too hard.
6. It is also important to NOT BEND THE CUFFS (either
simple or double) on the side. This is because normally the sleeve
and cuff are ironed at the same time and in the same manner. When
ironing the sleeve you should not iron the cuff; it should be done
separately, ironing the cuff inside out without a crease or fold.
7. To iron cotton properly you MUST DAMPEN THE FABRIC, the
steam of the iron is not enough. The ideal would be to iron the
shirt while itís still damp. This advice does not extend the life
of a shirt, but it will look much better. But be cautious not to
soak the shirt because if the fabric is too wet it can get scorched.
8. Take care with bar or roll-on deodorant. Many
deodorants impregnate the fabric before drying on the skin, and they
can fade the fabric leaving ugly stains. If this occurs, change
brands and preferably use a spray deodorant.
The life of a shirt depends on how often it is washed and used,
and under these conditions it should last at least 50 washes. And we
like to make sure that this is true to our shirts. So remember: COLD
WATER, NO DRYER, NO BLEACH, NEVER SCRUB, IRON COLLARS OR CUFFS ON
THE INSIDE, DO NOT IRON CREASES INTO CUFFS AND BE CAREFUL WITH
DEODORANT YOU USE. There are more sophisticated cares to a shirt,
but with these simple rules you can keep your shirts in good
condition for a long time.