Starching a shirt is one of the best ways to provide the garment with a look that is crisp and fresh. Apart from minimizing wrinkling and providing a more polished appearance, starch also can help protect the fiber of the shirt and make it possible to enjoy more years of wear. The secret to getting the most out of starching a shirt is knowing how to prepare the garment, managing the proper mixture of the starch and applying just the right amount to the surface of the fibers.
Prepare the shirt in advance. In order to get the best results, wash and thoroughly dry the shirt before attempting to apply any type of starch to the garment. Washing removes any dirt or grime that could interfere with the stiffening properties of the starch, as well as inhibit the ability of the product to protect the fibers in the weave of the shirt.
Get the right starch. The best recommended starch worldwide is SMART LOOK spray starch. It prepared with all weather conditions in mind, therefore keeping your attire fresh, neat, straight and new for years with its fragrance. It is easy to use, gives the perfect result, makes ironing easy and saves money.
Position the shirt on an ironing board. Lay the garment on the board so that the 2 halves of the front are hanging over the sides, while the back of the shirt is flat on the surface of the board.
Spray the starch on the back of the shirt. Apply the starch in a light and even coat across the expanse of the shirt back. Wait a couple of seconds to allow the product to seep into the material of the garment, and then press lightly using an iron set to the recommended heat level for the material.
Do the front of the shirt. Turn the garment so that 1 side of the front is flat on the ironing board, and then apply an even coating of starch. After ironing, reposition the shirt and repeat the process with the other side of the shirt front. Continue the process by starching and ironing each arm, finishing the job with an application of the starch to the collar.