My husband, Tom, wears polo shirts to work every day. He wants his morning routine to be quick and easy, so just about everything he owns is wash and wear. To make it easy on him in the mornings, I have to care for polo shirts differently than his other clothing when I am doing the laundry.
Before I put any polo shirts in the washing machine (the one pictured is my son, Zack’s, shirt), I button all the buttons and turn it inside out. Then, I flip the collar up.
So, buttoned, inside out, and collar flipped up.
Then, I wash it on a normal or casual cycle in cold water to keep the colors vibrant.
When I’m transferring the washed clothes into the dryer, I check to make sure that the shirt is still inside out and the collar is still flipped up – sometimes it will partially reverse itself in the washer.
When the polo shirts come out of the dryer, I turn them right side out and flip the collar down. I dry our clothes on a casual cycle and try to take them out of the dryer while they are still warm. I do use my steam “touch up” function a lot, though!
I know some people hang their clothes to dry, lay them flat or dry a little bit in the dryer and hang while damp, but I want my laundry process to be as quick and easy as Tom’s morning routine.
The collar will be perfect and free of curling, waving or sticking out funny. Just hang it in the closet or fold it for the dresser, and you are set for an easy morning.
This method generally works on old shirts, too, but if the collar has already been dried too many times in a curling or waving fashion, you might not be able to “save” it in this way.
Do you have a problem with your polo shirt collars rolling?