Few garments in a men’s wardrobe offer the same level of versatility as the polo shirt. Featuring a buttoned collar with short sleeves, it’s the perfect “grab and go” choice for nearby any occasion. If you’re going to invest in a polo shirt (or several), you’ll need to know how to care for it. Failure to maintain your polo shirt could result in damage such as discoloration, stretched collars, stains and more.
Read the Care Label!
As with most garments, it’s best to read the care label of your polo shirt for specific instructions on how to clean and care for it. Far too many men are guilty of overlooking care labels, placing their garments at a greater risk for damage. By taking a few minutes to read the instructions here, however, you’ll know exactly how to clean and care for your new polo shirt.
Instead of machine washing your polo shirt after each wear, try spot cleaning it only when necessary. Most men wear undershirts with their polo shirts, so there’s really no need to wash them after each time that you wear them.
Tumble or Line-Dry
Polo shirts have a tendency to stretch when placed inside a machine clothes dryer. The heat weakens the fabric, allowing to stretch more easily. To protect against this phenomenon, it’s recommended that you line-dry your polo shirt after taking it out of the washing machine. If this isn’t an option, tumble dry it on a no or low-heat setting. The key thing to remember is that you want to minimize your polo shirt’s exposure to heat.
Flip the Collar Up Before Hanging
Ever notice how some polo shirts have awkward collars that are unevenly creased? This usually occurs as a result of the collar being stuck down for a long period of time. Before hanging up your polo shirt in the closet, pop the collar up to prevent this from occurring. And when you get ready to wear it, just pop it back down. Taking a minute or two to flip your polo shirt’s color up before hanging will help preserve its crisp, uniform look.
Fasten the Top Button Before Hanging
In addition to flipping the collar up, you should also fasten the top button of your polo shirt before hanging it in your closet. The purpose in doing so is to keep the collar crisp. You don’t have to necessarily wear your polo shirt with the top button fastened — not unless you want to — but rather hang it up this way.