How to starch a skirt?

For our grandmothers, starching collars or knitted napkins after washing was a common procedure. Now on sale there are special compounds with starch for processing various materials, but for a modern woman this process is still unfamiliar, and therefore a little scary. Step by step, we will introduce you to all stages of the work. So, how to starch a skirt at home?

Skirt starch rules

Starching clothes is easy. It is simply rinsed in an aqueous solution of the product. Starch on things in the process of drying forms a thin film, which partially penetrates into the fibers of the material. The result is a dense, slightly crisp, shape-preserving fabric. Pollution is difficult to penetrate into the fiber structure, all the dirt remains on the surface and is easily washed off.

Important! Starch, absorbed into the fabric, clogs the gap between the warp and weft. Air exchange is disturbed, the skin cannot fully breathe. That is why only a part of a product or suit is always starch - a collar, lace, a cook hat.

To process starch to create a more magnificent volume, fabrics of tulle, mesh, as well as cotton and linen can be used. The lighter the tissue structure, the more successful the result will be . In this process, the main thing is to observe all proportions and prepare a homogeneous solution without lumps.

Different types of starch composition are prepared and applied depending on the type of fabric and the desired result. We will arbitrarily denote them by the soft, medium and hard way of influencing the tissue:

  • for a mild process, half or a teaspoon of starch is diluted in 1 liter of water. It is suitable for chiffon, organza, batista, tulle, chintz;
  • for medium hardness take 1 tbsp. l starch per liter of water. This method is best suited for collars, cuffs, bows, lace, table linen, silk, linen;
  • for rigid fixation, prepare a solution of 2 tbsp. l starch per liter of water. To make the petticoat glisten, you can additionally add 2 tbsp to the paste. l salt . Such fixation is very good and for a long time will hold the necessary splendor of a skirt or dress made of tulle, organza, mesh, natural fabrics. Even thick knitwear can be used.

Preparatory Activities

Starch solution is applied only to pre-washed items. Clean items may become dusty even after short periods of storage. Sometimes various stains or yellowing appear on the products. In order to get rid of them, the skirt should be washed using special means. Greasy stains can easily be removed with dishwashing liquid previously applied to the fabric. Yellowness can be removed with hydrogen peroxide.

First, carefully examine the product with which we will work. His fabric must be absolutely clean. This is important because the starch solution, having got on pollution or dust, will change the white color and give it a yellow or gray tint. It will be possible to get rid of it only after the complete removal of starch.

Make sure that no streaks remain on the surface of the fabric after rinsing the product . Remains of powder or washing gel can also change the color of the skirt.

We prepare the solution correctly

  1. In a glass or other convenient container, place 2 tbsp. l starch;
  2. add a little cold water (a third or half a glass);
  3. mix everything well until completely dissolved - there should be no lumps;
  4. then warm up a liter of water to hot temperature;
  5. carefully, pour the contents of the glass into it with a thin stream with constant stirring;
  6. immediately after the infusion, put the saucepan with the solution on the fire and heat for several minutes, continuing to interfere;
  7. when the composition becomes transparent, remove the container from the stove and, if lumps have formed, strain them through gauze or a clean sieve;
  8. proceed to work with the fabric.

Step-by-step instructions for skirt starching

After all the preparatory measures, proceed directly to the procedure:

  • type cold water into a basin;
  • dilute the resulting solution in it;
  • place the skirt in water so that the solution completely covers it;
  • rinse in starch liquid so that the prepared composition completely soaks it;
  • take the thing out of the water, slightly wring out without twisting;
  • lay out and straighten the skirt on a horizontal surface or hanger;
  • allow to dry in this position;
  • iron the product wet or moisten already on the ironing board.

Important! If you need to starch a white petticoat, first add a little blue in cold water, place it well, and only then pour the solution.

Hostess Tips

Do not dip a fluffy skirt from several layers of tulle (mesh) into the solution completely. All starch treated layers will create excess volume . Leave the top layers in their natural, mobile state so that they can respond to movements and wind. Treat the lower layers with a starch composition, their volume will be enough to create the desired splendor.

A very airy and beautiful skirt will turn out if you apply the mixture to each layer of fabric separately with a wide paint brush. This process is more time consuming than rinsing with starch, but the result is more interesting.

Ironing starched fabrics is carried out on both sides. First they work with the inside out, then with the front part.

With the hard-fix method, allow the skirt to dry completely and only then iron to avoid yellow stains when exposed to high temperature .

If starch adheres to the sole of the iron, wipe it with turpentine. Silk fabrics can be made to hold shape with gelatin or silicate glue, a teaspoon of which is diluted in 5 liters of water to soak the petticoat or other things.