- Written by Rich Fitzmorris
Question: How do you remove laundry starch from shirts that have been starched? They are a 60/40-cotton//poly blend. They have been through the laundry several times and the starch remains, this was a commercial application. Is there something that will neutralize it? Thanks.
- Catherine Dmochowski
Answer: The sizing or starch should have washed out even using home-style laundry detergents. If the item is white and can be bleached try bleaching at 1.5 times the amount you would normally use, and use hot water for the washing with warm rinses. For colored items, let the textile soak in a warm bath of detergent for a few hours and wash as you normally would. Both starch products and sizing products are water soluble, so they should be removed generally quite easily. Certainly check with whomever did the starching to determine what they did. If some chemical product was used that is not water soluble, you might try having the textile dry cleaned.
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Mac-Gray Corporation’s Lighten The Load™ Initiative
WALTHAM, Mass. — Mac-Gray Corporation, a provider of laundry facilities management services to multi-unit housing locations announced that it received the Carbonfund.org Foundation’s first annual For People and Planet award in the education category. Since Mac-Gray launched its Lighten the Load(TM) initiative in 2008 with Carbonfund.org, they have partnered with 29 academic institutions to offset more than 40 million pounds of carbon.
“This award highlights Mac-Gray’s commitment to environmental sustainability. Our Lighten the Load™ initiative is helping to reduce the carbon footprints of college and university laundry programs, while educating students on the benefits of being ‘green’ in the laundry room,” said Stewart G. MacDonald, Mac-Gray’s chief executive officer.