Preventing Shirt Collars From Fraying?

Is there a way to prevent the collars of shirts from fraying or at least slow the process? Many of my husband's shirts are in excellent condition apart from the collars which have started to fray along the fold. I've seen some posts about unpicking, turning the collar and sewing it back on but that's beyond my capabilities so I was hoping to prevent it in the future. I wash the shirts using a washing machine as I don't have the time to hand wash. Thanks


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December 21, 20200 found this helpful

Sweat and skin oils, direct wear, strong detergents, stain removers, and bleach all contribute to fabric breaking down. To help prevent this: wear a bandana or use hand wipes to clean one's neck when on break (feels good too!), purchase shirts made from more tightly woven/heavier fabric, and using more gentle laundering techniques and soaps (applying a pre-wash paste of baking soda & warm water might help lift the oils). Good luck!

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December 21, 20200 found this helpful

It's possible that some of this wear is due to the wearer having excess perspiration problems.
I have heard of people trying all sorts of things but I do not know if any of them truly worked. I'm not sure how many men will do these things or if they can even do them more often than in the morning before leaving home.
1.) using a deodorant/perspiration product on the back of the neck when finishing shower
2.) using baby powder (unscented) or cornstarch on the back of the neck as often as possible
3.) using hand wipes to clean the back of the neck as often as possible
4.) only wear shirts one time before laundering
5.) keep the back of neck shaved clear of hair all the time

How is a good way to launder clothes like this.
1.) use spot remover on stains at least 30 minutes before wash
2.) baking soda paste is a stain remover
3.) unbutton all buttons
4.) never use liquid chlorine bleach
5.) use no more than half (or less) detergent than recommended
6.) do not overload machine as this wears all clothes out quickly
7.) wash clothes like this on medium or gentle - never fast
8.) remove clothes from washer as soon as possible
9.) dry on medium (never hottest) and remove immediately when almost dry. Place a large dry towel in dryer with clothes to help them tumble safely and dry faster.

I'm not sure if any of this will actually slow down the wear but it will make all of your clothes last longer and in better repair.
I'm sure everyone has their own methods that work best for them so hopefully, someone will offer more solutions.

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December 21, 20200 found this helpful

Shirts dont seem to last as long as they used to. Not putting them in the dryer helps.

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December 22, 20200 found this helpful

These are a few tips - Use gentle wash cycles, skip starch, air dry, ironing. This may or may not be what you want, but the life of this older shirt could last a little longer -

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