How to Wash Ralph Lauren Polo Shirts

Updated April 17, 2017

Ralph Lauren polo shirts are famous for their classic style, uneven hems and embroidered pony emblems. Made of 100 per cent cotton mesh, the shirts are machine washable and feature rib knit collars and cuffs that resist waving and twisting from laundering.

Start the clothes washer, adding washing powder, fabric softener, laundry booster or other products as directed for your model of machine.

Put the polo shirt in the washer along with other clothing of similar colour and weight. Make sure each load of laundry contains items that require similar care, such as water temperature, length of cycle and speed of agitation. Set the washer to a cool water cycle and start the machine.

Remove the laundry from the washer at the end of the cycle. Place it in the dryer, adding a fabric softener sheet if you didn't use liquid softener in the washer. Clean the lint screen to improve air flow and dryer efficiency.

Set the dryer to low heat to help prevent shrinkage, a common problem with cotton clothing. Turn on the dryer.

Remove the clothing immediately when the dryer finishes its cycle. Hang the polo shirt on a hanger to prevent wrinkles. If necessary, touch up wrinkles with an iron or steamer.


Consider hanging your polo shirt to dry instead of putting it in the dryer. Air-drying can extend the life of the garment and prevent shrinkage and pilling.

Things You'll Need

  • Clothes washer
  • Washing powder
  • Fabric softener
  • Laundry booster
  • Clothes dryer
  • Hanger
  • Iron
  • Steamer
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Denise Howard has been writing since 2004, specializing in home and garden, travel, music and education. A private music instructor and professional accompanist, Howard holds a Bachelor of Arts in music, studying both piano and voice.