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Advice about starching

If you are a waiter who has to have starched aprons and starched shirts/jackets/etc. and you’ve been disappointed with spray starch, you’re not alone.

Spray starch has some drawbacks as well as its advantage in terms of convenience. It tends to clog and it just doesn’t seem to give you the stiffness and crispness that you get from professional laundries. Even “heavy starch” just doesn’t quite measure up.

Professional laundries use liquid starch (some use powdered starch but it’s a lot harder to use at home) and that’s what you should use too.

The main liquid starch is Sta-Flo. It comes in big blue bottles and is mixed with water. You use a household spray bottle to apply it. Even if you use it at its maximum strength (1 to 1), it has the additional advantage of being a lot cheaper than aerosols and it’s much more environmentally safer. It’s harder to find than spray starch but many grocery stores carry it and you’ll find it at some department stores. If your local store doesn’t carry, you might ask them to carry it.

So if you haven’t tried Sta-Flo, you should give it a shot. You’ll be surprised how much better it is than spray starch. It doesn’t scorch as easily and it even works pretty well with older aprons that don’t take starch so well.

One response to “Advice about starching

  1. Nick Boodris January 2, 2011 at 12:20 pm

    Thanks for the very useful information.

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