How to Wash a Dress Shirt

With proper care, custom dress shirts can last many years, so please follow the care instructions provided below. We recommend a wash and press before your first wear.

Option #1: Professional Laundry

Your local dry cleaner is a great option. It will result in minimal shrinkage and keep the ironing board in the closet. However, this is not "dry cleaning" as the cleaner will use water and detergent unless you specifically request dry cleaning for the shirt. We don’t recommend actual dry cleaning unless your shirt has an oil-based stain.

Option #2: Wash at Home

We recommend a cold water wash for darker fabrics, but warm or hot water is okay for white shirts or lighter colors. To minimize shrinking, we recommend letting your shirt air dry on a sturdy hanger. If you do use a dryer, we recommend low heat and you should remove the shirt while it is still damp. Regardless of which option you choose, it’s best to iron the shirt while it is still damp. It makes ironing easier and keeps shrinkage to a minimum.

Other Important Tips

  • Remove collar stays before washing or ironing
  • Pre-treat or alert your cleaner to stains
  • Hang your shirt on a wooden hanger when it’s not being worn

If you have any questions, we’re always available to answer them at customerservice@ratioclothing.com