Frequently Asked Question
We have updated our graphics to make it easier and quicker to identify the differences among our products and to communicate the advantages of our Premium line.
We have begun using “ironing spray” instead of “spray starch” to help make the purpose of our products clearer for those new to ironing or using ironing enhancers. While the name has changed, the professional results you’ve always relied on haven’t.
Faultless Brands acquired the Niagara brand several years ago. We are proud to now have the Faultless name indicating our level of quality on all fabric care packaging.
We also have a terrific step-by-step ironing video.
Yes! Any of our ironing sprays may be used with OR without steam.
If garments are pressed and treated with one of our ironing sprays, you’ll not only look fresh and professional all day, but the light coating formed on the surface of the fabric’s fibers will help shield the garment from stains like dirt or sweat. Read more or watch a 2 minute video here.
Our fabric care products may be used on all colorfast, washable fabrics. None of our products should be used on fabrics labeled ‘Dry Clean Only.’
Our ironing sprays are water soluble and will be removed by regular laundering.
These small white bits are probably flakes of starch. Some factors may prevent Original/Heavy Starch from properly penetrating some fabrics, resulting in white surface residue. Here are some tips to help:
- An iron with a damaged or dirty soleplate may cause the starch to stick to it. Those deposits may in turn rub off on the garment being ironed. Also, detergent residue remaining on freshly laundered garments may contribute to excessive flaking and iron coating. Be sure to use a clean iron, and thoroughly rinse all soap residues from fabrics before ironing. You can clean your iron with Faultless Hot Iron Cleaner, shown on our Faultless Fabric Care website.
- Use the recommended iron setting, and consider replacing any iron that seems to be getting too hot. An iron that gets too hot can cause fabric to stick to the iron soleplate.
- Take care to not saturate a fabric with too much spray starch. Spray lightly and evenly, allowing the ironing spray 15-20 seconds to penetrate the fabric, or else any excess may stick to the iron and burn to the sole plate. For a stiffer finish, two light applications are better than a single heavy one.
- Using a thick, cotton ironing board cover will also encourage absorption of the ironing spray for the best results.
- We also encourage you to try our Niagara Premium Firm Finish +, which is formulated with patented “Fibrenhancer” technology in place of the natural starches. This professional grade spray is especially suited for dark colors or synthetic fabrics with absolutely NO flaking, sticking, or clogging.
While our formulas are made to avoid clogging, some starch might accumulate inside the nozzle if it’s not rinsed after each use. To clear a clog, simply remove the spray can button and soak it in hot, soapy water. To prevent clogging, it’s important to rinse the button with warm water each time you finish ironing. Some spray starch users keep buttons from empty cans handy in the event they experience a stubborn clog.
If the stem at the top of the can is damaged, the product cannot be salvaged. We do encourage users to iron next to a countertop or table and set the can there, rather than setting the can on the ironing board–which can be wobbly. Also, be sure to put the cap back on the can after you’ve finished.
The product you need will depend on the stiffness desired and the fabric you are ironing.
Heavy / Original Starch are great for cottons, linens, shirts and jeans.
Niagara Premium Firm Finish+ or Niagara Light Hold (Sizing) may be used on ALL fabrics, but are often a better choice for dark fabrics, synthetic fabrics or synthetic blends. These products are more easily absorbed by synthetic fibers.
For more on the difference between starch and sizing, see the next FAQ.
The main difference between starch and sizing is the chemical characteristics of the ingredients.
Generally, spray starches are formulated with natural corn starch, with the Heavy variety containing the greatest percentage of this ingredient. Niagara starches provide the crisp body and professional stiffness associated with a regular to heavy starch.
Sizings are intended to allow a treated garment to feel more like it did when new, and less like a starched item (light body, little to no stiffness). For instance, Niagara Light Hold (Sizing) does not contain corn starch. For this reason, the surface texture of the treated garment will be a bit smoother, less “starchy” when using sizing. Because of the unique ingredients, the iron will glide over fabrics a bit better with sizing formulas.
Technical and Safety
Please visit our product page. If you click on a product, the next screen will have more information including “Ingredients” you can click on to see the list.
All of our ironing sprays are non-toxic. They are also not eye, skin or respiratory irritants.
All of our ironing sprays are scented. When starch is heated by coming into contact with the iron, it has a bit of an earthy scent, so we chose to add a fragrance that is more pleasant.
Niagara Original Hold is lightly fragranced. Other varieties are more heavily scented.
All of our fabric care sprays may be discarded alongside normal household waste.
Both the steel [aerosol] and plastic [non-aerosol] containers are recyclable. For a complete list of acceptable materials, please contact your local recycling facility.
All of our ironing sprays yield optimum results if used within 5 years of the ‘made on’ date.
The stamp on the bottom of each can indicates the date of manufacture. You’ll see a series of seven numbers, with the first two numbers indicating the year the container was made.
Store in a cool, dry place. Avoid freezing or temperatures over 120 degrees F.
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For long term storage of a treated garment, we recommend any of our ironing sprays that do NOT contain natural corn starch. Niagara Premium Firm Finish +, and Niagara Light Hold (Sizing) do NOT contain corn starch.
Niagara ironing sprays are made in the United States.
Where to Buy
We do not currently offer a travel size ironing spray.
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