Linen shirts and napkins, and handmade doilies: starching is an art that is coming back into fashion, however to do it right you need to know the methods for starching – both classic and modern.
Ironing is an art, and knowing how to use starch properly is essential in order to perfect this art. The first rule is as follows: select the starch based on the type of fabric and the garment to be ironed. The main difficulty when ironing is eliminating creases effectively and giving consistency to garments that would otherwise lose their shape and crumple after a few hours of use. After washing, plant-based fibres, such as cotton and linen, are rough and wrinkled. You need to stretch them and make the fibres more consistent, just enough to ensure that they don’t lose their shape when you wear them. If the garment contains embroidery or lace, it will tend to shrink during washing, creating lots of creases around the edges, so using starch is the only way to stretch tablecloths, sheets and other items that have undergone this form of natural shrinkage. Starch also has the advantage of forming a protective film on garments, which reduces the deep-down absorption of stains and protects the fibre from wear and tear in exposed areas (e.g. tablecloths and shirt collars and cuffs). Liquid starch can be very convenient when starching a large number of garments at the same time. Nuncas recommends a dose of Wrinkle-free Liquid Starch which, when poured directly into the washing machine dispenser instead of softener, is distributed evenly and consistently over the laundry, speeding up the starching process. Choose a light spin (maximum 700 rpm) to prevent the laundry from creasing too much. Hang the clothes out immediately to avoid additional creases without using too many clothes pegs, then iron them at a fairly high temperature using a normal steam iron. This starch is essential for tablecloths and shirts: they will have a uniform consistency, giving a perfect result combined with protection from stains and wear and tear. It is also ideal for silk garments that may stain if they are moistened unevenly during ironing.
Spray starch – the more “classic,” traditional starch, is used while you iron and is perfect for removing creases that only form in certain areas, stretching the fabric around embroidery and resulting in easy and flawless ironing. From its range of starch products, Nuncas offers its Wrinkle-free Scented Starch Spray with a formula that contains rice starch instead of corn starch: it does not yellow when ironing and spreads more evenly over the fabric. Another advantage of this starch is its hypoallergenic qualities: thanks to the rice starch in its formula, it can be used on garments of people with particularly sensitive skin, without any risk of irritation.
Even very light fabrics or plastics can be starched: the ideal starch in this case is Wrinkle-free Scented Starch No Gas Spray, which is ergonomic and easy to use in a handy non-aerosol trigger spray. The result is starched fabric that is consistent but not rigid, silky and pleasant to the touch, without pleats and with a perfect shape. It can also be used on specific areas, such as collars or cuffs of light blouses, for example. It is also very easy to use because it moistens and starches in a single gesture: the ideal starch for beginners in the art of ironing! Whatever your choice, the range of starches from the Nuncas Wrinkle-free line give you a double guarantee: efficacy and practicality – making ironing easier and providing quick, professional results.