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Tips For Best Ironing Results

Tips For Best Ironing Results

The best cotton and linen tablecloths are usually designed to be starched to produce a firm, high-sheen product that will enhance the appearance of the linen in the best restaurants. Paying attention to the details that follow will help produce a perfect result every time.


  • Adequate rinses to flush wash chemicals to drain avoid yellowing.


  • Correct starching stage at end of wash: low dip, 50°C, adequate time (e.g. five minutes agitation at temperature)


  • Correct extraction to build starch into cloth


  • Pre conditioning in tumble drier to reduce moisture whilst leaving starch in place


  • Presentation of taut leading edge to ironer followed by application of even tension to trailing edge
  • Adequate ironer bed temperature to ‘pop the gluten’ in the starch to produce a firm fabric with sheen on the right side




  • Lapel rolled into front
  • No embossing of pocket flap
  • Elliptical sleeves correctly set
  • Shoulder curve crease free

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  • “Our machines have come from several suppliers – there is a big difference in the standards of support we receive and Armstrong gets 10 out of 10 – their service has been consistently excellent over several years and when you’re as busy as we are, that’s very important.”

    Jacqui Butler

  • “It’s important to get the right equipment for the job, too small and it won’t do it properly, too big and you are wasting money, energy and space. It is also important to deal with a company you trust to supply reliable equipment and give you the support you need. As expected, the installation went smoothly, we have never had the slightest problem and I know Armstrong will deal with it if we do.”

    Colin Farquharson, St Ermin’s Hotel

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    Suzy Brandwood, The Elms School

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    Wendy Clayton, Chepstow Nursing & Care Home

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  • “That’s the thing with Armstrong, if you ask for service you get it – quickly.  We know we can rely on them which is really important as the speed and quality of the laundry is vital to the hotel.”

    James Suter, The Gliffae Country House Hotel

  • “As before I am delighted with the dryers, they are really efficient and reliable and the customers find them very easy to use.”

    Shaid Aziz, Bright Wash Launderette

  • “We’re delighted with the new dryer. We pride ourselves on a very personal level of care here, keeping up with the laundry and it all coming out looking good is an important aspect of this care and this machine has been excellent since it was installed.”

    Marilyn Collins, Oaklands Care Home