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A 300ml can of Dylon spray starch costs just under £1.50 and I feel that it is a product worth paying for. Starching agents may not be at the top of everyone's shopping list but they do make a useful addition to the household laundry products. Years ago one could only buy powdered starch, this powder had to be measured out and added to the correct amount of water so that the fabric could be dipped into the liquid after the final rinse, this gave the fabric a good stiffened finish. Freshly laundered cotton is a joy, it looks good, it smells wonderful and it is a pleasure to press. Over the last few decades the fabric manufacturers have worked tirelessly to ensure that the fabrics available today are colour fast and easy care, making laundry day far easier. I love buying pieces of vintage linen but the old fabric often needs laundering and starching before it can be used. Dylon spray starch is perfect for the job, it is clean, easy and simple to use and one can goes a very long way.
This household product can be found in most major supermarkets or leading chemists. Dylon are well known for producing good quality shoe dyes, machine dye, hand dyes and fabric paints but maybe a little less well known for producing top rate spray starch. If you are struggling to find Dylon products then look on the internet to find the nearest stockists. The bright red can stands out on the shelf and quite aptly there is a freshly laundered white cotton shirt pictured on the front. The manufacturers state that the can should be stored in a cool place, away from sunlight and any sources of ignition, and it goes without saying that the spray starch should be kept out of the reach of children.
This laundry product is given to us by the Spotless group, a European manufacturer of household cleaning products and they are happy to point out the benefits of using the stiffening agent. The company say that the natural starch helps fabric to resist dirt , it also gives the material a crisp, fresh finish and that is ideal for table linens and cotton shirts alike. Liquid starch can be added directly to a machine wash in the same way that you would use any laundry detergent. I totally agree with their statement, the household product is easy to use and it has good and lasting results.
When using the spray version you wash your clothes and linen normally and apply the spray when the fabric is nearly dry. If any readers are unsure of how to use starch then it will pay them to look at one of the online videos that show you how. There are also some good ways of making home-made liquid starch, scented oils can be added to the liquid to give the fabric a light fragrance when it is ironed. People who love crafting can reap the benefits of using starch, stiffened material is much easier to cut with scissors and once stiff the material doesn't fray, making crafting easier. Some people like to starch jeans before ironing, crisp starched blue jeans look smart.
However it is about time I told you a little more about using Dylon spray starch. When the fabric is dry or three parts dry then it is time to get starching. After deciding what you want to starch lay the fabric over the ironing board. Heat the iron according to the instructions on the fabric and turn the arrow on the spray button until it meets the mark on the rim of the can. Give the can a light shake before use. Hold the can at a forty five degree angle and place it about six inches away from the surface of the fabric. Depress the nozzle and allow the spray starch to lightly dampen the fabric, do not let the material become wet. Before applying the hot iron let the liquid soak in for a few seconds. Place the iron onto the freshly sprayed area and begin to press. The hot fabric will start to stiffen, if it is not stiff enough spray the fabric again. You may notice that the fabric catches on the hot iron, if it does then use less pressure. Let the newly starched fabric dry by placing the fabric over an airing rack. The freshly starched material will look good and it will smell beautiful too.
Using Dylon spray starch is far easier than using liquid starch and the results are good too. Making and using liquid starch is time consuming so this provides a quick and easy way of doing an otherwise long and lengthy task.