Does Starch Weaken Shirts?

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Starch will definitely weaken shirts and can even crack them if you're not careful. Find out how starch weakens shirts with help from a costume and fashion designer in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm Masa Kitani. And I'm here today to answer the question, does starch weaken shirts? Well, let me tell you, yes, it does. Starch, when you put it on a fiber, especially a natural fiber, like cotton or linen. What actually happens, it starts getting crisp, kind of like let's say, a stick. And if you put too much starch on constantly and starch your shirt every time, it actually will crack the fiber. And yes, it will weaken the fiber and actually crack it rip it. The other thing is that, that's why they invented like polyesters, like this is. An easy iron type of shirt, so you don't need to use starch as much as you used to. It's not a bad idea to starch your clothes once in a while. But to do it on a regular basis, it will eventually damage your clothes.


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