MACHINE WASHING GUIDELINES
Please note these points constitute GUIDELINES that can help avoid/reduce shrinkage of Cotton
4 Golden Rules:
Our fabrics are manufactured to maintain ultimate strength and quality however, as with all cotton, it is not invincible. The washing of any quality material like our own must be carried out carefully so as to simply rinse the shirt and make it clean. Intense washing will strip the fabric of its quality properties and diminish its sheen. Heat and water causes shrinkage in cotton. Incorporate stain removers for actual stains however concentrated detergent is never necessary.
The best way to avoid significant shrinkage is to hand-wash the garment or to exclusively use the COLDER/more delicate cycles of your washing machine. Claudio shirts will only shrink (from their LENGTH) when using concentrated detergent/excess heat/washing with other fabrics.
Before washing your Claudio Lugli shirt, make sure you fasten all the buttons and turn the shirt inside out. DO NOT wash the shirt with large, thick, robust clothing or materials like heavy t-shirts, jeans, jackets, jumpers, mattress covers. These larger materials can wrap around and suffocate the fabric and cause the fabric to harden and therefore shrink.
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 and the seams, 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. This will also stop the seams getting caught in the drum and any holes developing.
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. Exposure to heat in the tumble dryer will shrink the cotton and diminish the sheen.
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 (as it may strip the shirt of it's sheen) but if you choose to dry clean your shirt, always select the hand laundered service if available and remember to remove collar stays.