Right, I’m at the end of my tether and about to commission the laundrette to starch and iron an Egyptian Cotton Dress shirt.
Before I do, what am I doing wrong? Twice now I’ve washed, tumbled dried to damp, ironed and hung it but then after 30 mins of wear it looks as though I’ve screwed it into a ball. It can’t be this difficult surely?
Do I need starch?Posted 3 weeks agomolgripsSubscriber
after 30 mins of wear it looks as though I’ve screwed it into a ball
If it’s smooth after ironing then it crumples after you wear it, it’s not the ironing that’s at fault. Ironing gets creases out (which it’s doing), it doesn’t prevent them coming back.
I wouldn’t worry about it overly – wear creases are different to not-ironed crumple, and people can see this. That’s why linen still works even though it gets creased as hell. If it bothers you, pass the shirt on.
although I believe a whole load of highly toxic chemicals are involved in de-creasing the shirt in manufacture
I don’t think so, it’s a heat treatment.Posted 3 weeks ago
That’s making MDF you’re thinking of.
Turns out it is a similar process…
Posted 3 weeks ago
Cross-linking is the chemical process to produce textiles with wrinkle resistance. Wrinkle resistance is achieved by the crosslinking of cellulose chains to stop the molecules from moving when in contact with water or other environmental stress. Cotton cellulose polymer comprises three different regions: the crystalline region, the amorphous region, and an intermediate region between them. Although in the crystalline region the cellulose chains are closely arranged, limiting their mobility, chains in the amorphous and intermediate regions are bonded together by weaker bonds making them more susceptible to breaking. There are two types of crosslinkers, which are the chemicals that bond together cellulose chains, the first ones only bond cellulose chains, while the second self-polymerize resins as well.
N-methylol and DMDHEU are reagents commonly used for the treatments because of their relatively low costs; however, they produce free formaldehyde, which has been identified as a potential human carcinogen, and it can also cause harmful dermatological effects. The use of titanium dioxide (TiO2) (as a catalyst/ co-catalyst for these reactions) has become an alternative way to minimize the formation of free formaldehyde and fabric strength loss.
Dimethyloldihydroxyethyleneurea (DMDHEU) is the most commonly used durable-press finish. In this process, the chemical is first applied to the fabric. Then the fabric is heated to allow the chemicals to react with the cellulose molecules. In the reaction, the molecules of the fabric are bonded together to keep them from moving and causing wrinkles. For this reason, durable-press treated garments behave as synthetics. However, almost all the wrinkle resistant garments are made with poly/cotton blends fabrics.
There are problems with the post-curing process, the final step of the treatment, because if the process is not done perfectly the garment gets damaged and can even turn yellow. Companies have overcome the post-curing issues by producing wrinkle-resistant clothes using pre-cured fabrics.theotherjonvSubscriber
Seems to me that the issue isn’t in the ironing, it’s in the way you wear it.
1/ get fatter so the shirt is essentially stretched across you better.
2/ stand around rigidly, with arms held out at 45 degrees. No bends = no wrinkles
Keep your jacket on and buttoned up.
That’s the good bit about the colder seasons, i can then wear a pullover over my shirt and get away without ironing for best part of 6 months.Posted 3 weeks agomatt_outandaboutSubscriber
When I first got married we didn’t have a washing machine and my mother in law kindly did our washing. Turns out she irons pants and socks!
For various reasons about a year after we got married we spent a month at the in-laws.Posted 3 weeks ago
My MiL actually ironed creases in my underwear…
So very wrong.SuperficialMember
things that get ironed in our house
That sounds rather like you’re not the one doing it…
Our cleaners do my ironing (shirts!) and I love it.
As to the OP – I’ve never heard of shirts getting more creased with wearing, at least not in an unnatural needs ironing sort of way. Usually my body heat ( B~) ) smooths out any minor creases. Is it possible that Kryton is inventing an issue?Posted 3 weeks ago
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