Starch stains can be a frustrating problem, but don't worry! With our simple and effective methods, you'll be able to remove those unsightly marks from your washable fabrics in no time. Whether you're dealing with a stubborn stain on your favorite shirt or a spot on your curtains, our step-by-step guide will show you how to get rid of the problem for good. So, let's get started and say goodbye to starch stains once and for all!
These stains appear as discoloration of the fabric that can come in various colors depending on the type of starch. They can be slightly wet or dry to the touch and may have a slightly starchy smell. These stains are often caused by contact with starch or other similar types of substances used in laundry.
Cold (65° to 75°F)
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Cold water helps to prevent the starch from causing further damage to the fabric.
The Science Behind Starch Stains
Starch stains occur when the starch in a liquid, such as laundry starch or a food like potato, comes into contact with fabric and then dries, leaving a residue that can be difficult to remove. The starch molecules bond with the fibers in the fabric, creating a physical and chemical bond that is difficult to break. The heat from ironing can also cause the starch to become even more deeply embedded in the fabric, making the stain even harder to remove. To prevent starch stains, it is important to use a stain remover or pre-treatment before washing the garment and to avoid using excessive amounts of starch when ironing.
Apply a stain remover to the affected area and let it sit for the recommended amount of time on the product's label.
Fill a bucket or sink with warm water and add laundry detergent. Soak the garment for 30 minutes.
If the stain is still present, mix 1/2 cup white vinegar with 1/2 cup water and apply it to the stain. Let it sit for 15 minutes.
If the stain is still visible, make a paste of 1 tablespoon borax and 1 tablespoon of water and apply it to the stain. Let it sit for 30 minutes.
If the stain is still there, make a paste of 1 tablespoon baking soda and 1 tablespoon of water and apply it to the stain. Let it sit for 15 minutes.
Wash the garment in warm water with laundry detergent.
Check the garment for the stain before putting it in the dryer. If the stain is still visible, repeat steps 1-6
Please note that, the water temperature should be warm (85° to 105°F) for all of the steps. The garment should be checked for colorfastness before treating with any of these products. And when using these products, always follow the instructions on the label.
Starch stains occur when starch in a liquid, such as laundry starch or food, comes into contact with fabric and then dries. To remove the stain, you can use a stain remover, laundry detergent, white vinegar, borax, and baking soda. It's important to use warm water (85° to 105°F) and check the garment for colorfastness before treating the stain. Repeat the steps if the stain is still visible after washing.
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About The Writer
Marcene Livn has worked in the cleaning industry for more than a decade. Her specialty is stain removal. From everyday spills to tough, set-in stains, Marcene's methods and knowledge are unmatched.