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I have a few shirts that say its recommended to professionally launder, then it also gives launder instructions.

What is the difference? I mean is a dry cleaner really going to take better care of my shirt than I would? I some how doubt it, images of a big tub with 100 shirts in it being stirred by a pole come to mind :)

In any case, what would be different between following the tag instructions on a shirt and "professionally laundering".
 

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In any case, what would be different between following the tag instructions on a shirt and "professionally laundering".
That you'd pay somebody else to do it?

Really I suspect there's no difference, but that the manufacturer simply wanted to indicate that it wasn't a permanent press or similar shirt.
 

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A professional clothes cleaning business can clean in two methods: Dry Cleaning (and yes, they use wet chemicals) and Laundry (water and detergent).

Clothing manufacturers may put cleaning instruction labels in their clothes that suggest professional cleaning. This could be for two reasons. They don't want the consumer, who they think is ignorant, to wash the garment, ruin it and then ask for a refund AND they sometimes have a "deal" with professional cleaning groups to send them business!

A semi-related article from the Home Page:
 

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In my experience it is usually an oxymoron.

There is bad and not so bad. Where I live, most places are just drop off points for a large comercial laundry. They specialize in ironing in creases where they shouldn't be and ironing them out where they should be. I love it when they iron french cuffs folded, but my main complaint is ironing in a wrinkle just at the collar point.

I can get "hand service" that is better but still careless, and often I have thought that I am going to get steel buttons machined just to see if they can brake them too.

The only good experience I have ever had was years ago when I lived near a movie studio. You could buy a shirt from Goodwill, use it as a cleaning rag for a year and the laundry out there would give it back looking better than new. Leaving that laundry behind was the only thing I regret about moving from California.

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The only good experience I have ever had was years ago when I lived near a movie studio. You could buy a shirt from Goodwill, use it as a cleaning rag for a year and the laundry out there would give it back looking better than new. Leaving that laundry behind was the only thing I regret about moving from California.
Could you tell us the name of the laundry, and which studio it was near?
 

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I take most of my high-quality shirts that I wear with suits, I take them to the dry cleaner (I assume they use wet chemicals, but I've never asked) and I get them done with medium starch.

For sportshirts and dress shirts that I wear without ties, I just hand wash them and iron them.

I like having my nice shirts crisp and wrinkle free, which is why I prefer a dry cleaner. Though, every now and again they screw up the collar and iron in a wrinkle or two.
 

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I wish I knew

If I knew the name and thought they were still in business, I would be mailing them shirts.

I lived near Burbank Studios and they were North of there off Barham somewhere.

I suspect they catered to aspiring actors that wanted things just right.

I hate to disapoint but that was in the early 70's
 

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Rytina Cleaners in Sacramento is like that. I've tried other places but Rytina always does an amazing job. They repair buttons and note any problems they see in addition to doing a great job on the finishing of the french cuffs, etc. They are a little more expensive but after paying for custom shirts it seems like good insurance.

Brad
 
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