Collar and Cuff Edges Wear Out
Fading Stripes on Striped ShirtsYarn Failure is most common on striped shirts; you'll see one of the colors in the stripe give out while the other holds strong (it sometimes looks like fading stripes).Looking at the inset of the picture above to the right, you can see the yarn is giving way and will create a hole soon (I know this shirt isn't striped, but it still illustrates yarn failure).
Glue on Blue Wrinkle Free Shirts
Front ShrinkageThe front of the shirt can shrink along the buttons, button holes, or both - it looks like it's all bunched up. The cause is either not using material that was pre-shrunk from the factory or using the wrong kind of thread to make the shirt (the thread shrinks, but not the body of the shirt).
GreyingWhite shirts turn grey over time because they weren't actually white to begin with, they're a greyish color masked by optical brighteners. As you wear and wash the shirt, the optical brighteners are washed out with the dirt and stains leaving the shirt looking dull and grey. If you shirt is 100% cotton, and in good shape otherwise, it's possible to add new optical brighteners, a professional dry cleaner will be able to give you more information.
Yellow Spot(s)Typically a yellow spot is an oil or grease spot that's been ironed or pressed. The oil can be from food (salad dressing is a big source) a door hinge. Typically the oil is clear until heat is applied, then it turns yellow. It's tough to get these spots out, but most good dry cleaners will know how. Sometimes yellow spots can be caused by soap that isn't washed out. The solution here is to simply re-wash the shirt.
ButtonsBroken buttons are the enemy of every dry cleaners. They typically crack when heat is applied to them (not necessarily from the force of the press). Some buttons are more susceptible to this than others, every shirt button is created differently. A quality dry cleaners will replace those broken buttons for free before you even get your shirt back (but hey, even the best ones miss one once and while which is why we created our button guarantee - if we miss a broken or missing button on your laundered shirts, we'll fix the broken button and clean two additional shirts for free!).
Proper Shirt Care
Bring your Laundered Shirt in to Janet Davis Cleaners and we'll treat your shirts right. We're in Berkley, MI (across Woodward from Royal Oak Ford), Bloomfield, Michigan (at the Corner of Maple and Lahser) and your front door (with our free pickup & delivery service).