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To Starch Or Not To Starch Dress Shirts?

To Starch Or Not To Starch Dress Shirts?

Today, we try to answer the most Shakespearian of all questions... to starch or not to starch your dress shirts?

So you wore your favorite dress shirt and it got all stinky/dirty and so of course you bring it to the cleaners. Then, of course you get asked that tricky question of which you have no idea what the correct answer should be... do you want starch or no starch?

Here's the deal, gents. We're not big of fans of using too much/any starch. The first tip to know about using starch is that if you like that rigid, crisp shirt, then definitely go with starch. But, remember starch works best on cotton shirts. If it’s a poly blend and other similar types it is probably not the way to go. Also, if the shirt is darker it can make it a bit rough so, again, stay away. If you get your shirt starched every time it can also make the collars a bit shiny as the starch builds up.

It’s best to just tell the cleaners to launder and press which will still give the shirt that firm feel, but not hard crunchy feel that you get with starch. So, next time you’re at the cleaners walk in there confidently and say launder and press please, skip the starch! 

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