The best way to guarantee avoiding shrinkage is to hand-wash or to use COLD WATER and the more delicate cycles of your washing machine.
Before washing your Claudio Lugli shirt, make sure you fasten all the buttons. DO NOT wash the shirt with thick, robust clothing like jeans, jackets, jumpers.
If your shirt has them, please remove the collar stays before washing. This will avoid uneven wear on the collar points. It also saves you from trying to find them in the washing machine after washing.
Make sure you turn your shirts inside out. This not only protects the buttons from chipping on the steel drum, but enables the soap powder to work directly on the under-arms. If you have one, put the shirt into a net washing bag (or even a pillow case will suffice) which will help protect the fabric and keep it looking brand new.
Wash in cold or warm water 40C (at most) making sure you first read the washing instructions on the label.
After washing is completed, dry the shirt either on a line or on a hanger. This will prolong the life of the shirt. Try to avoid using the tumble dryer as the steel drum tends to wear out the points on the collar and cuffs.
It is good practice to iron a cotton shirt while it’s still very slightly still damp from the wash (virtually dry).
Be mindful that using unfiltered or tap water in an iron can cause a rust build-up which spits brown dirt through the iron that will stain the shirt.
As a general rule, place the part of the shirt you’re about to iron on a flat ironing board. Press the area to be ironed down until it’s dry and crease free. Make sure you set the temperature dial of the iron to Cotton.
The usual order for ironing a shirt is: collar, cuffs, sleeves, shoulders, front panels leaving the back of the shirt to be ironed last. Once you’ve done that, go back to any parts of the shirt that have become creased during ironing, and go over these again.
Never iron a collar with the collar stays inside, as this will cause wear to the cloth on the collar points.
When ironing cuffs, they should always be unbuttoned and unfolded and iron them the same way as you iron the collar, on both sides.
Iron the sleeve from the top down to the cuff, creating a crease if you want one.
Next, iron the two front panels of the shirt and finally the back. Make sure that whenever you iron a shirt all the buttons are unbuttoned.
Finally, once the shirt is ironed, slip it onto a hanger, fasten the top button and leave it to air. This will allow any leftover moisture to evaporate and avoid creasing.
Your Claudio Lugli shirts don’t really need dry cleaning but if you choose to dry clean your shirt, always select the hand laundered service if available and remember to remove collar stays.