CARE

 

The Ritual

A MAROL shirt is built to be lived in. Built to be laundered and pressed.

The craftsmanship of our artisans deserves equal respect and care from the wearer. We entrust you to look after the creations we’ve made for you.

Personal care is much preferred to trips to the cleaners.

We are all too busy for our own good. But a quiet Sunday afternoon spent restoring well-worn shirts to their pristine glory, amidst the gentle steam and hisses of the iron, is our idea of relaxation.

Polishing a pair of handmade shoes is considerably more (dirty) work. Yet we see far fewer pairs of shoes being sent away to be looked after.

We offer you a straightforward “ritual” that our shirts deserve.

Fine cotton or linen shirts should be washed and pressed before each wear.

Fill a large bowl with clean, lukewarm water. Remove collar stays from your shirt and dip only the collar and cuffs in the water, as this is where dirt is likely to build up. Lift the shirt out of the water and pre-treat the collar and cuffs with quality bar or liquid soap, rubbing the fabric against itself or with a soft brush.


Rosa demonstrates the MAROL washing ritual.


Set the soap-treated collar and cuffs aside for a few hours if stains are stubborn. Then, wash the shirt - inside out - on a Permanent Press cycle. Cold water, regular detergent.

Do not subject your shirt to the rigours and punishment of a dryer. Hang briefly to dry on a hanger with the collar turned up.



Your shirt should be damp when pressed, but not wet. If not possible, re-dampen with a spray bottle of clean, fresh water.

Use a very hot iron with plenty of steam and press the shirt in your preferred method. Take a moment to delight in how the steam loosens the fabric, removing wrinkles and creases. How the heat resets the fabric to a smooth, sharp state.

Once pressed, hang your shirt with a few front buttons done up—at the collar and halfway down the placket—to insure the shirt hangs securely.

Now you, and your MAROL shirt, are ready for anything.


Precious Shirtings

Some of our more unique fabrics require special care.

Jerseys should be washed, completely, by hand.

Place a small amount of delicates soap into a basin of fresh, lukewarm water.

Remove collar stays from your shirt and dip the collar and cuffs in the water. Lift the shirt out of the water and pre-treat the collar and cuffs with quality bar or liquid soap, rubbing the fabric against itself or with a soft brush.



Submerge the entire jersey in the sudsy water and leave to soak for three minutes.

Slowly squeeze the jersey underwater, allowing the soapy liquid to pass through the fabric.

Carefully remove the jersey from the liquid and rinse inside out in a washing machine - delicate cycle, cold water, no soap - for 15 minutes.



Lay the jersey on a large, clean towel and roll with the jersey inside. Squeeze off excess water without wringing the towel.

Using a new clean towel, lay the jersey out flat, shaping it back to its original form, with the collar turned up, and allow to air dry. Due to its open weave, jersey fabric may feel slightly shrunken after washing but will return to its original fit shortly after wearing.

Our craftswomen recommend that a silk or printed MAROL shirt be laundered by professionals.