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The Effects Of Starch On Your Clothes
Starch has been around for ages and has been one of the more popular methods for achieving a crisp, polished look for your garments. Most people think nothing of using starch on their dress shirts and slacks to get that "just right" look, but we wanted to take moment to educate you on the pros and cons of using starch, in case you may not be aware.
- Starch provides a crisp, polished look.
- Starch makes the ironing process easier.
- Starch protects fabrics from stains by sealing individual fibers. This makes it more difficult for stains to penetrate through the fabric, so they wash out more easily.
- Using starch reduces the lifespan of your clothes. This occurs over time as starch residue remains on the collar, cuffs and body of the garment. This residue starch will eventually dry out the fabric, causing individual threads to break or fray.
- When dry cleaning, it's always better to have your starched shirts hung, rather than folded, because the fold can cause fraying.
- For those with sensitive skin, starch may feel scratchy or uncomfortable.
So, how can you use starch without destroying your clothes? Starch will break down your clothes inevitably, but you could buy clothes that are built to withstand the effects of starch so they will last longer naturally. Clothes that stand up well to starch include items that are more durable. Thicker fabric, like Oxford cotton, or fabrics that have a “tighter weave” are good examples. Also, try to use starch only for special occasions so the garment isn’t always being dried out. And if you're going to uses starch, apply two or three light layers of starch to a shirt instead of one heavy layer.
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