- Stain remover spray for laundry
- Woolite or other gentle handwash
- oxygen bleach for colors
- washing machine
- fabric softener sheets
- Check the pocket. Empty it.
- Pre treat any obvious spots and stains on the front of the shirt with a small amount of stain remover spray.
- Turn your vintage polo shirt inside out. Lay it out flat.
- Measure out 1/4 cup of liquid detergent. Pour half the detergent along the neckline of the collar. This area is at risk for the dreaded "ring-around-the-collar." so you want make sure it gets especially clean. Gently rub the collar against itself if there are any obvious sweat stains.
- Pour the other half of the detergent on the under arm area of the sleeves. Rub if there is any visible staining here.
- Let the polo shirt sit for 10 minutes while the detergent is loosening up dirt and sweat.
- Wash the shirt in the washing machine on the gentle, or hand-wash cycle with cold water. Use half the recommended amount of oxygen bleach. Avoid washing anything that has zippers, velcro, or that is not color fast in the same load.
- Lay your shirt flat to dry on a mesh .
- When your shirt is almost dry, put it in the dryer with a softener sheet on the air dry setting for about 15 minutes. Avoid drying your vintage polo with any heat whatsoever.
- When your shirt is dry, turn it right side out.
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