How Do Dry Cleaners Press Men's Dress Shirts With Pleats?

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Dry cleaners will definitely press men's dress shirts, so long as a few key things happne. Find out how dry cleaners press men's dress shirts with help from a dry cleaning professional in this free video clip.

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I'm Jerry Pozniak, managing director of Jeeves, Manhattan's foremost luxury dry-cleaning brand, and this is how do dry cleaners press mens dress shirts with pleats? One of the fine details a dry cleaner can put in a shirt after it's been ironed is to press the box pleat in the back of the shirt and make it look absolutely perfect. The steps that a dry cleaner will use to get the box pleat in a shirt are as follows. First thing is that the dry cleaner's going to have a very hot iron. Probably hotter than something you'll have at home. The person doing the ironing will take the shirt and put it on the ironing board with the collar part of the shirt at the narrow end of the ironing board and the tail at the other end. With their hand they're going to pull the tail of the shirt taught. That's going to put the pleat in alignment at the very top. With the hand iron they're then going to press down the first three inches or so of the box pleat making two perfectly parallel crisp, sharp pleats. At this point the shirt is finished, as generally putting in the box pleat is the last step of a very tedious hand pressing job. A final detail in the pressing of a shirt is that box pleat in the back. When it's done perfectly it shows that the dry cleaner put a lot of time and effort and care into pressing it properly. So it's a good point for you to look at to see what kind of job you're getting.

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