How to Starch Fabric at Home

It's great when the festive table is decorated with snow-white textiles, stylish serving, shining glasses, and on the plates are starched napkins, under them there are crisp tablecloths. Especially nice to see it in restaurants. It is a pity that in recent times restaurateurs and modern housewives began to regard this process as old-fashioned. But if you are not too lazy and make a little effort, your guests will be delighted.

  • Starch with starch
    • Starch with starch
    • Application of aerosol starch
    • Starch with sugar
    • Recipe with glossy starch
    • Starch with PVA adhesive
    • Starch with gelatin
    • Method for crocheted wipes
    • Method for silk fabric

    First you need to decide what exactly you want to starch. For bed linen and tablecloths apply a soft kind of starching. The underwear will have a shape, but it will remain pleasant to the touch. For napkins apply medium and strong appearance of starch. The napkins become elastic and hold the shape well. A strong appearance of starching is used for collars of shirts or for the manufacture of flowers from tissue.

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    Ways of this process are many. As it is possible to starch a fabric and without starch. To do this from the tools available, sugar, PVA glue, gelatin will suit. Let us consider each example in more detail.


    Starch with starch

    First, prepare a starch solution. In order to starch a napkin or ordinary cotton or satin fabric it will be enough to take 1 tbsp.a spoonful of starch per 1 liter of water. To avoid the formation of lumps, it is necessary to dilute the starch with a small amount of water to the state of thick sour cream, and only then dilute the resulting mixture with 1 liter of hot water. The very process of starching itself is very simple: in a lightly cooled paste we lower the object, soak it with liquid, squeeze it lightly and arrange it on the prepared plane, giving the appearance that we want. If you want to shade the whiteness of the fabric, add a little bit of blue in the starch solution. After drying, the product can be ironed through cotton fabric.

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    Application of aerosol-starch

    To starch colored fabric or individual elements of clothing, for example, bows, ruffles resort to aerosol-starch. You can buy it in any supermarket, but you can do it yourself.¼ teaspoon of starch dissolve in 1 liter of warm water and boil for 5 minutes.

    The solution is poured into the atomizer, after making sure that there are no lumps.

    Spray the spray onto a cloth and iron with iron. This method greatly facilitates the ironing process or helps protect the product from contamination.

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    Starch with sugar

    If you want the fabric to be very starched and long to keep in shape, dissolve 3 tablespoons of sugar in 100 ml of water, then add 1 teaspoon of starch. Preheat the solution and repeat the entire procedure, as with conventional starching. The only drawback of this method is that sugar deposited on the fabric can attract insects in the summer.


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    Recipe with glossy starch

    Another suitable and uncomplicated way to give fabrics the required density and original gloss is to iron it with an unusual solution. To make it, mix rice starch( 5 tablespoons), talc( 3 tablespoons), borax powder( 1 tablespoon) and dilute with cold water.

    There is another recipe in which the gloss-starch effect is achieved by mixing boric acid( 2 tablespoons), borax( 10 tablespoons) and rice starch( 8 tablespoons) with cold water.

    Next, all you need is to gently moisten the fabric with the prepared solution and iron it - it will turn out dense and slightly shiny.

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    Starch with PVA

    glue. It is also possible to starve the fabric with PVA glue. For this purpose, the glue is diluted with water, at a rate of 1 to 1. The glue must be diluted until completely dissolved, using warm water. The procedure for starching is repeated similarly.

    For softer starching, the ratio should be 1 to 2.

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    Starch with gelatin

    And, finally, the way to starch with gelatin. It is most often used for bulk knitted things, since starch has the property of crumbling, and gelatin is well absorbed and the product retains its shape for a long time.

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    For solution preparation 1 tbsp. A spoonful of gelatin is poured with a small amount of water, waiting for swelling. Next, 1 glass of water is added to the solution and heated until the gelatin dissolves. The products are treated in the same way as in conventional starching.

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    Method for crocheted napkin

    To starch a knitted napkin, immerse it in a standard solution( 1 tablespoon of starch per 1 liter of water).It must completely soak and soak. Take the product out, spread it on the towel. Be sure to straighten all the delicate openwork patterns, otherwise after drying, it will be impossible to do.

    It's better to pin the edges of the napkin to the towel with pins so that when it dries it keeps the right shape.

    After drying, you can iron the napkin with a warm iron from the wrong side.

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    Method for silk fabric

    Silk, chiffon and other varieties of this soaring thin fabric are delicate enough. For their starching, it is necessary to use a soft method. Suitable corn, rice and potato starch. Half a teaspoon of the chosen starch should be diluted in a liter of warm water, to process the fabric, get it and decompose it for drying.

    When choosing this or that way of starching, note that any black fabric and dark-colored fabric is better not to starch at all or use the method with aerosol-starch.

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