b'PAGE 14 / NATIONAL CLOTHESLINE / AUGUST, 2020S T BY D ON D ESROSIERSHIRT ALESRetaining that moisture retentionhefirstlineofdefense You will recognize the image between the shirts and the sideT againstpoorqualityis in Photo 1. Wet shirts are often ofthebasket,thequalityofpropermoisturereten- laidoutinalaundrybasket your pressing will surely suffertion, and then retaining that! and casually covered as you when the shirts have dry spots.You probably have a blown- see in the photo. The reality is that keepingsleeve shirt unit. Twenty years This way to cover shirts is your shirt damp is the first lineago,theyweretheanomaly, not adequate. Add to that the of defense against poor qualitybutthisisnolongertrue. haphazard coverage, allowing and its really easy to do this.Sleevers have gone the way of fabric to be exposed, quality A long time ago, the manvideotapes and moisture re- here is at risk, if not doomed. who taught me how to presstention around 30 to 40 per- Evenifthecanvasflaps shirts also taught me how tocent. were not damaged, these cov- dothis.ItmaysoundlikeOddlyenough,blown ers allow for air movement un- overkill, but in fact, its so easysleeves need significantly more der them and therefore the fab- and is guaranteed to keep yourretained moisture than hard- ric is liable to dry unless you shirts wet. Why not do it right?pressed sleeves; at least 50 per- have rock star productivity. Compacttheshirts,andcent, 60 percent in many cases. Many of you probably do then cover with plastic tightly,But your defense against poor not use the canvas and simply tuckingintheplasticinbe-quality doesnt stop there. optforpolybagcoverslike tween the shirts and the basket Photo 2. Opting for poly bag covers as seen here but withoutKeeping the dampness in is you see in Photo 2. But without sides.Then,takeafewnet carefully tucking the poly in between the shirts and the sidea critical, oft overlooked, step. carefully tucking the poly in bags and tuck them around the of the basket, will cause pressing quality to suffer.Photo 3. Compacting the shirts and covering them with plas-tic tightly, then tucking a few net bags around the perimeterwilll keep the shirts wet for a long time.perimeterasyoucanseein seal, but because this methodPhoto 3.does not allow for air move-Photo 1. Wet shirts are often laid out in a laundry basket and casually covered. Itsnottrulyanair-tight ment,theshirtswillremainwet for a very long time. Whenyoudothis,youwillnoticebeadsofmoisturecollectingunder the plastic. This provesthat the all-important moistureis not allowed to escape. Keepingshirtsuniformlywet will prevent those bizarrewrinkled areas that you maynot have been able to under-stand in the past. If you do what youve alwaysdone, youll get what you alwaysgot.Don Desrosiers has been in thedrycleaning and shirt launderingbusinesssince1978.Heisawork-flow engineer and a man-agementconsultantwhopro-vides services to shirt launderersanddrycleanersthroughTail-wind Systems. He is a memberoftheSocietyofProfessionalConsultants and winner of DLIsCommitment to Professionalismaward.Hecanbereachedat186 Narrow Ave., Westport, MA02790orathisofficebyfax(508) 636-8839; by cell (508)965-3163;ore-mailattail-windsystems@charter.net.TheTailwindwebsiteisTo learn more, visit www.natclo.com/ads www.tailwind systems.com.'