How to Starch Collars

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How to Starch Collars
Starch your shirt collar to enhance your image. (Hemera Technologies/ Images)

A crisply ironed shirt with a collar that stays perfect the entire day can go a long way in giving you a neat and groomed appearance. Nowadays, most shirts have collar stays to hold them up, but a little bit of starch can ensure crisp collars that do not curl under and look sloppy.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Ironing board
  • Spray starch
  • Clothes iron

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  1. 1

    Lay the shirt on an ironing board with the inside of the shirt facing up. Spread out the shirt's collar, and spray a quick blast of starch over the entire collar. Iron the collar flat.

  2. 2

    Turn over the shirt so that the back of the shirt faces up. Spray the collar with starch, and iron the collar.

  3. 3

    Iron the collar until the starch dries.

  4. 4

    Fold the collar as it will be folded when you wear the shirt. Iron the area near the fold, about 1/2 inch from the edge.

Tips and warnings

  • Iron each shirt collar from the outside inward for the smoothest appearance.
  • Use a light touch with the spray starch for extra crispness and best results.
  • Pay careful attention to the heat settings on each shirt's label, and iron accordingly.
  • A heavily starched collar may wrinkle when the shirt is worn, and it may be uncomfortable.

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