Before washing your shirts we recommend that all buttons are unfastened to reduce pulling on the buttons seams. It is also preferable to wash Budd shirts inside out in order to protect the mother of pearl buttons from chipping on the washing machine's drum. Lastly remove any collar stiffeners.
Washing and Drying
Cotton shirts should be washed at 40 to 60 degrees Celsius (subject to the information on the care label). For those with an Eco conscience, the lower the temperature the better! Avoid tumble drying as the steel drum of the drier can have an adverse effect on the cuffs and collar points over time. Instead, shirts should be line dried until slightly damp, ready for ironing.
Shirts are best ironed when still a little wet. If the shirt is completely dry, dampen it a little with a spray bottle. Afterwards place the shirt in a plastic bag for thirty minutes. This will allow for optimum moisture distribution and make ironing easier.
Ensure the shirt (including cuff buttons) is unbuttoned before ironing.
The easiest and quickest way to iron a shirt is to do so in the following order:
Start with the collar, followed by cuffs, sleeves, yokes, front panels and finally, the back panel of the shirt.
Collar - When ironing the collar start with the reverse side. Ensure it is moist on both sides and that any collar stays have been removed. Press until flat and dry before moving onto the front or top side. This is where attention to detail can make a real difference; the collar should be ironed from the end points to the centre. This will reduce crumpling at the collar’s edge. Be careful not to over-iron the collar points to avoid splitting.
Cuffs - These should be pressed in a similar fashion to the collar making sure the cuff points and edges are not over-ironed.
Sleeves - Start at the sleeve head and press in the direction of the cuff.
Yoke – Take one half of the back yoke and press. Then iron the same half of the yoke on the reverse side. Repeat for the un-ironed halves.
Front and back panels - Iron the front first, before progressing to the rear.
Finally, fasten the top button and hang your shirt ready for wearing.
For tricky shirts such as pleats or stiff bibs, BUDD can provide a laundering service. Please contact our staff for further details.
We also offer a range of services including laudering and alterations.