Q: What can we do to prevent the breaking and cracking of the small buttons used to hold the collar down on shirts? We try to keep the padding in good shape but the buttons just keep breaking.
A: A great deal of the breakage and cracking can be avoided by locating exactly where the buttons will be on the body bosom press. After you have located the position, cut an inch circular hole in the felt padding at the approximate points for each button. Put some cotton in these two holes and put the top cover back over the press. This relieves any pressure on the button and does not interfere with the quality of the shirt. It will save you a lot of time that was used to replace buttons.
DLI Standard, Gold, and Premier members may access more information on this topic in the following bulletins available in DLI's Encyclopedia of Drycleaning Online:
- Technical Operating Information (TOI) 748: Avoiding Iron Wrinkles in Collars
- Technical Operating Information (TOI) 693: Shirt Finishing Equipment