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All You Need to Know Starching

We have all heard the word starching before. It is a word that we hear along with washing, dry cleaning and laundry, but unlike those three not a lot of people know what starching is or why it is used. This blog aims to educate you on what starching is and how it can be used to extend the lifespan of your clothes.

Speaking strictly scientifically starch can be found in the tubes of potatoes, leaves and the fruits and seeds of plants. Starch is the excess energy stored in plants as sugar and polysaccharides. It wasn’t until the 16th century when someone discovered that it could also be used on clothes that starch began to be used with laundry and dry cleaning. People discovered that when starch was mixed with warm water it created a thick, white and sticky paste. Over the years starch use was refined, better and newer techniques were created to apply starch to clothes. Today you can simply walk into a general store and buy spray starch. But what does starch do exactly?

Apart from being a part of our diet starch is also used to keep fabrics from wrinkling easily. Starch can stiffen a piece of fabric and help the clothes look neat and well pressed even as the day wears on. The right way to starch a shirt is to soak it in a starch-based liquid, hang the cloth to dry and then iron the damp cloth. Starching essentially maintains the structure of the fabric, thus adding crispness to the clothing. Aesthetically, a starched and pressed shirt looks professional and clean under a business suit as it does not crease. Starch has also been found to stick to dirt, grime and sweat found on clothes. A starched shirt is easier to clean as any impurities cling to the starch and not the cloth.

The property of starch that helps your clothes look sharp and clean at all times also helps reduce your visits to the dry cleaners. This is because starch protects clothes by sealing the individual fibres, thus protecting them from stains. Starching helps your clothes look better on you, keeps them stain free and gives you more wears before needing to be washed again. With so many advantages why doesn’t everyone just use starch all the time?

A common complaint that some people have is starched clothes tend to feel itchy on the places where starch has been applied. There have also been cases where excess starch has settled into the clothing causing threads to break and fray. Instead of using dry cleaning services most people try to starch their clothes at home not realizing if a light, heavy or medium starch is needed. To take this pressure off yourself you can use professional dry cleaning services like Spin N Press. Utilizing our services is as simple as installing a dry cleaners app from your app store and placing an order where we offer you both free pickup and delivery laundry service. With professionals to aid your journey, you can now be stress-free by just requesting a pickup and trying out our free starching services today!

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