Should you even request any starch?

Choosing the right amount of starch for your clothes can be a daunting task, especially if you’ve never given it much thought before. However, it’s important to understand the role of starch in dry cleaning to ensure your clothes look their best and last longer.

Many people are unsure about the impact of starch on their clothes, which can lead to confusion and even damage to their favorite garments.

Have you ever wondered how much starch is right for your clothes when dry cleaning? Maybe you’ve never even considered it at all! How can you know what the right move is without risking uncomfort or embarrassing fashion mistakes?

You’re not alone. Many people are unsure about the role starch should have in their closet and how it affects their clothes. This uncertainty can lead to a lot of questions and, sometimes, even damage to your favorite garments.

At Snedicor’s we’ve spent decades tending to customer’s specific requests and needs, and helping them make informed decisions about their dry cleaning needs. We’ve seen firsthand the impact of starch on different fabrics and garments, and understand the complexities of using it effectively.

As you read this article, we promise to share our knowledge and expertise on this potentially life changing (in a way) topic. Comfort, style, and fabric are all things that impact your decision. By the end, you’ll have a better understanding of how to choose the right amount of starch for your clothes, and will be able to use the knowledge to effectively ensure you look their best and they last longer.{{cta(‘831490fc-3885-44bb-bc6c-295dc5aed810′,’justifycenter’)}}

What is dry cleaning starch?

Starch is a common additive in the dry cleaning process. It’s used to give clothes a crisp, wrinkle-free finish, making them look professional and well-maintained. Starch also adds body to fabrics, making them resistant to soil and easier to iron. It works best on natural fabrics like cotton, cotton blends, and linen.


What are the downsides?

Of course, the use of starch isn’t without its drawbacks.

For example, things like wool, silk, and other delicate fabrics should not be starched. Synthetic fabrics or those labeled as ‘dry clean only’ may not react well to starch. Dark-colored clothes can also become rough and tacky with starching. It’s essential to understand the fabric and care instructions of your clothes before deciding on the level of starch.

Over-starching can lead to a stiff and uncomfortable feel, and it can wear down the fabric over time, especially in areas that frequently rub against other surfaces. Moreover, starch can attract bugs, which can be a problem if clothes are stored for extended periods.

What are my options?


The level of starch used during dry cleaning can significantly affect your clothes. Light starching gives your clothes a slight crispness, maintaining their natural feel. Medium starching provides a crisper finish, ideal for business attire. Heavy starching results in a very stiff and formal finish, often used for dress shirts. Any further specificity between the levels can be requested upon ordering, and there is almost always no upcharge for increasing how much starch is used.

Finding the Perfect Balance

When you started reading this article, you were probably unsure about how much starch is right for your clothes. Now, you’ve gained insights into the role of starch in dry cleaning,  how it affects different fabrics, and the effect that each level has on your outfits.

The key to using starch effectively is balance. While it can make your clothes look crisp and professional, too much can damage the fabric and shorten the lifespan of your clothes. For the most part it comes down to a matter of taste and comfort, but understanding your clothes and their care instructions may help you make the right decision.

As you continue your journey in maintaining your clothes, consider exploring other articles in our Learning Center. If you have any questions or need professional dry cleaning services, don’t hesitate to reach out via our contact page. At Snedicor’s, we’re always ready to help you experience the best of our GreenEarth Dry Cleaning and Harmony Wet Cleaning garment care solutions. Click the link below to set up your first pickup!{{cta(‘e071bec5-7c40-4661-a5ef-1fe015f75acf’,’justifycenter’)}}