Not every Catholic school mandates the use of school uniforms, but if you'll soon be attending a school that does, you want to be confident in your ability to keep your uniform looking its best. This is especially true if you're moving away to boarding Catholic school and will be taking care of your own laundry — something that might not be the case when you live at home with your parents. Catholic school administrators and teachers take pride in the student body looking sharp in its uniforms, and learning these uniform care tips will ensure that you look sharp.
The average student might not know his or her way around an iron and an ironing board, but these are important skills to develop before you start to attend Catholic school. Ironing parts of your uniform will help to give you a refined look. Young men will want to iron their dress shirts and dress pants to give them a crisp look. Young women at an all-girls Catholic school, meanwhile, will want to iron their dress shirts and their skirts. While many fabrics today are designed to wrinkle only minimally while they're being washed, passing an iron over them will still improve their look.
If you've been accustomed to wearing athletic shoes or sandals to school, you may not have worried about the condition of your shoes. When you begin to attend Catholic school and wear a uniform, however, the uniform includes your footwear, too. It's common for students to be required to wear black dress-style shoes, and to keep them looking their best, you'll want to learn how to shine them. Shoe shining isn't difficult, but it's something that requires a bit of time and effort. By fitting this activity into your weekly self-care routine, you'll ensure that your shoes look sharp.
Your parents may currently do your laundry, but that will change when you move away to attend Catholic school. In this new environment, you'll need to do your own laundry. Sorting your lights and darks is one of the most important things that you can learn. You want your white dress shirt to appear bright and clean when you wear it as part of your uniform, but this won't be the case if you mistakenly wash it with darker garments. Sorting your dirty laundry and doing two separate loads will help to keep everything looking how it should.