Dress Shirt Care Guide | How to Clean, Dry, and Wash – Nimble Made

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Dress Shirt Care Guide

Apr 29, 2019

Our shirts are versatile and 100% machine washable. No tailoring or dry cleaning needed. Take it to the cleaners for a simple “wash and press” service, if you prefer. Otherwise, here's our recommended care guide:

1. Remove the collar stays

2. Wash on cold cycle using mild detergent. Then, remove shirts as soon as possible to avoid any smells

3. Hang dry for best results and for the least amount of wrinkles. This will help the longevity of the shirt as well!

4. Iron or steam as needed for your desired look

Getting Rid of Wrinkles

We recommend using a steamer, or a traditional iron to get rid of wrinkles. A steamer does the job but harsher wrinkles in the collar/cuff will be easier with a traditional iron.

The best time to iron a shirt is when it’s still slightly damp when hanging dry. Wrinkles are less stubborn and the fabric is more pliable. 

Set your iron on medium heat and press into wrinkled areas. Use moderate steam with the spray function or bottle for more stubborn wrinkles. 

Our shirts have an easy-iron finish so usually a steamer does the job.

Start with the shirt on a hanger and fasten 2 buttons, one near the top and the other close to the bottom. We recommend using an oven mitt to pull down and straighten parts of the shirt. Guide the steamer over the shirt and the wrinkles will fade away.

Wondering what those icons mean?

Manufacturers often tag on their own care label, but much of the practice is outdated. We recommend following our care guide above. See below for what each icon means vs our recommendation.

Iron on Medium Heat

Medium heat is just fine for Nimble Made shirts. Use steam and the spray function for more stubborn wrinkles

Not Suited for Tumble Dry

It's best not to tumble dry dress shirts, as the properties of cotton can change with heat. However, if it's inconvenient to hang dry, tumble dry on low is OK

Do Not Bleach

We would not recommend bleaching our shirts, even our white shirts have contrast colored thread which can bleed with bleach

Dry Clean Only

While it is OK to dry clean a dress shirt, we find that it is not necessary and the fabric holds up well under regular wash. Dry cleaning is more expensive, and is typically used for more sensitive fabrics. 

Water Temperature Cannot Exceed 40C

A temperature of 40C corresponds to a warm wash. While we recommend washing the shirts at the cold setting (~30C), white shirts can be washed warm to eliminate mild soil. Be mindful and wash with like colors.