Odd Uses for Starch

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Some Interesting Uses For Starch

Our customers are always amazing us with odd uses for our starch.

Apart from the usual such as restaurants and B&Bs starching their table linen or bed linen, another of our customers has a regular order from which they make ‘gunge’ (Entertainments Department of Butlins).

One man is making hats for a theatrical production and uses Kershaw’s starch for stiffening the peaks. This doesn’t surprise us, as we supply the National Theatre and the Theatre Royal in Haymarket, as well as several film companies – spray starch just won’t do for those period outfits!

We have had several orders from toastmasters (for their waistcoats) and also from bridal companies. Not only these, but a London judge has bought our starch, too.

It is even used by a well-known cosmetic company – although we don’t know whether they use it in lipstick or powder.

We have provided starch to students of St Martin’s College where they use it for sizing fabrics and we have also had orders from needlework colleges.

Kershaw’s starch is currently used on the best linen on board two superyachts.

We also sell quite a lot to the Sikh community for their turbans.

A lady recently emailed to tell us that she uses it to ease for her dogs’ itchy skin. This is what she said: ‘I use this on my dogs’ skin when they are itchy. Works better than anything the vet gives. Many years ago, a dog breeder told me about it. Make a cold paste, smear it over the inflamed areas a couple of times a day. It cools and heals.’

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