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The Secret Behind The Cowboy Press

Posted on 26 November 2017 by admin (0)


Have you’ve ever wondered how your dry cleaners and laundry company you visit is able to get your jeans so stiff. Well, I’m going to pull back the curtain and try to give you a better understanding of the process and steps it takes to get you that starched cowboy press you’re looking for. Now you might not work on a ranch, own a horse, or heck even been on a horse. In fact, you might just work for an office cleaning company and want to look sharp But that doesn’t mean you can’t get that sharp cowboy press look that even Garth Brooks would be proud of. It all starts when you bring your jeans to the cleaners and toss them up on the counter. After you give them your information they will usually ask if you would like no starch, medium starch, or heavy starch. If you ask for no starch you can still get a great wet press without the starch they will still have great lines down the leg of the pants just not as stiff. Some people might not think there’s not much difference between medium starch and heavy starch but I’m here to tell you if the dry cleaners and laundry do it correctly you will see and feel the difference.


The first step in a great cowboy press is the washing process of course. It’s usually a basic regular wash cycle unless the jeans are a little more soiled. If that’s the case a longer cycle with more heat will be needed. The wash cycle will go through its steps and when it gets to the final rinse the magic happens. Most dry cleaning and laundry facilities have automatic injecting systems that inject the starch with the water fill of the last rinse. Most people think it’s sprayed on but it’s with the final rinse.

Once washed it’s ready for the pressing process. It takes two different kinds of pant press machines to get the cowboy press. Both these press machines are run by steam and air. The air actuates the press up, down, and release. The steam heats up the hothead (metal part) of the machine that presses the pants. The first press machine used is called a pant topper press, called that because it presses the top part of the pants. With this machine, you slide the pant over the padded part of the machine and make sure the inside of the pockets are flat so the picket line is not visible after the press. You then bring down the hot head which is the hot metal part of the press. This takes about 30 – 40 seconds and they are checked to see if they are dry if longer is needed they bring down the hot head and repeat until dry. After that, the pair of pants is rotated about a quarter and the process is repeated until the whole top of the pants are pressed. Two at a time can be done to save time and energy.





The second machine used in the cowboy press process is called a leg press. This machine is very self explanatory. But for those who don’t know this is the machine that’s going to give you those good looking lines down the middle of the legs. The first step is to grab the bottom of the legs and line up the inseam to prepare for the press. You then lay the pant legs together on the padded part of the machine, grab both ends of the pants and give it a tug to get a good flat stretch while making sure the pants line remain straight. Once the lines look good you flip one pant leg back and bring down the hot head for a second or two. This is done to get a quick press for a few seconds to make sure there are no wrinkles in the legs. After that’s checked the hot head is brought down for the full press for about a minute or so. When the press is finished you should have a great press with no wrinkles. If there are still some wrinkles a spray bottle with water is used to spray on the wrinkles and another press is required. When the press is complete you lay the other pant leg down in the same fashion as the previous one. You repeat the same process and steps as the first one. When that step is complete both pant legs are the put together and lined up and pressed a final time just to make sure a good press is completed. The pants are usually put on a hanger and hung to let any other moisture dissipate. This is done so when you bag the finished pants they don’t sweat inside the bag.


That’s basically the process of a cowboy press. It’s a simple process but at the same time needs a great deal technique and the rite machines. So next time you’re in your local dry cleaning and laundry and ask for a cowboy press you’ll have an idea what goes on behind the counter.