What’s the difference in wrinkle resistance between non-iron and wrinkle-resistant dress shirts?
Wrinkle-resistant fabrics definitely need to be ironed or pressed after they are washed for a clean, professional appearance. The treatment is such that your shirts stay looking sharper throughout the day than they otherwise would, were they not treated.
Non-Iron shirts, on the other hand, require little-to-no ironing following a wash at home to achieve a flawless appearance. If you have your non-iron shirts washed and pressed at the cleaners, even better. With normal wear over the course of the workday you’ll find the shirt to be relatively unchanged, aside from points of articulation like the inside of the elbows.
What’s the difference in feel between non-iron and wrinkle-resistant shirts?
How is the manufacturing process different for wrinkle-resistant fabrics vs. non-iron shirts?
At Proper Cloth, we choose to treat our “Wrinkle-Resistant” fabrics with a water-based chemical process that occurs at the mill level, rather than once the shirt is made. The fabric is treated during the production process and later arrives at our manufacturing facility, ready to be cut to your custom size and design specifications in the wrinkle-resistant material.
Non-Iron shirts are different in that your shirt is cut and sewn to your size and design specifications and then placed in a non-iron treatment vat. We use special fabrics that are prepared by our fabric mills to accept this non-iron treatment. The non-iron treatment saturates the entire shirt, bonding the cotton fibers to each other at a molecular level and making the fabric much more difficult to crease.
Other factors that determine wrinkle-resistance
History of non-iron and wrinkle-resistant shirts