Ironing my dress shirts is something I find rewarding. That is to say, I find ironing dress shirts well rewarding. All of my dress shirts are 100% cotton (with 1 exception). Pure cotton can be a cantankerous fabric that refuses to release its wrinkles unless you use the right ironing technique and tools. One of the tools I find indispensable is spray starch. It gives cotton dress shirts a smooth finish that makes them all the more professional in appearance. In this review, I share my experience with Faultless Heavy Hold Spray Starch (full name: Faultless Heavy Hold Ironing Enhanced Spray Starch). I consider this the best spray starch I have used to date that comes out of a can.
No spray starch can outdo the smooth results you get from professional dry cleaning and starching. However, Faultless Heavy Hold Spray Starch comes the closest of any I have used.
I have used spray starch for years (whatever brand was available on the supermarket shelf at the time). Canned spray starch has always been the underperforming cousin of full strength powdered starch used by dry cleaners. Spray starch cannot replicate the smooth stiff finish of professional starch. The best it can do is give the shirt a limp but wrinkle-free finish. Until now …
Why You Should Wash, Iron and Starch Cotton Shirts at Home
There are benefits to washing and ironing your own cotton dress shirts. It is a gentler process that maximizes the lifespan of your (expensive) cotton dress shirts. The starch and harsh cleaning process used by dry cleaners weaken cotton fabric over time, causing the fibers to fray. For that reason, I have sought to become the master of home laundering and ironing of my cotton shirts. Faultless Heavy Hold Spray Starch has proven to be an exceptional tool in that process.
Why I Recommend Faultless Heavy Hold Spray Starch
No spray starch can outdo the crisp results you get from professional dry cleaning and starching. However, Faultless Heavy Hold Spray Starch comes the closest of any spray starch I have used. Your shirts will look as smooth and polished as they did when you first purchased them. Every pucker, every wrinkle is smoothed out. Plus, it is done with one light coat of spray starch. There is no buildup and flaky residue. The shirt has a beautiful silky smooth finish.
Faultless Heavy Hold Spray Starch adds a bit of body to the cotton fabric as well that mimics what you would expect if you told your dry cleaners to add light starch to your cotton shirts. However, spray starch does not shorten the life of the fabric like heavy starch applied in dry cleaning. This is the perfect finishing touch to the home cotton shirt laundering and ironing technique outlined in my “How to Iron a Cotton Shirt‘ post.
Try it! I usually purchase mine at my local Walmart for just under $1.00 per can. I am confident you will see (and like) the improvement it makes over your current spray starch. It will convince you to spray starch all of your cotton shirts. By the way, use spray ‘sizing’ on polyester/cotton blend shirts and all-polyester shirts instead of spray starch. Pure cotton and linen respond best to spray starch. For a little extra effort (and not much money), Faultless Heavy Hold Spray Starch will add much to the quality of your home-ironed cotton dress shirts! Highly recommended! -SplurgeFrugal