How To Clean A Tie


Taking proper care of neckties will make them last longer and thus we bring you tips from around the globe on how to keep your tie fresh and clean always.

A right tie with the perfectly executed knot can add up to every man’s gentlemanly professionalism. It adds versatility to a man’s wardrobe, giving him a chance to choose from the infinite combination of outfits. However it all looks well when you take good care of your ties. An unkempt tie is an epitome of sloppiness, no matter how prefect your choice of tie or knot is. Taking proper care of neckties will make them last longer and thus we bring you tips from around the globe on how to keep your tie fresh and clean always.  

EVERYDAY CARE OF YOUR TIE

Unlike regular clothing, ties are made up of delicate fabric and do not require a wash after every wear. Washing ties is one risky game but with a little care and attentiveness, you’ll be good to go! There are two schools of thoughts on how to wash a tie – some are of the view that neckties should only be dry-cleaned while others find it absolutely correct to wash them in a machine. In spite of the various instructions, we’d suggest you to be as careful as possible during the entire cleaning process. The best way to dry a tie is to leave it in a cool environment to dry automatically. This would not damage the lining at all. Material-wise instructions are explained in detail below.

SILK

Silk is one of the world’s finest materials that is coveted by everyone. This fabric is a natural protein fiber that shrinks on exposure to water and thus cleaning a silk tie is a huge challenge. Silk ties should always be dry-cleaned and hand-pressed to maintain the rounded edges of the tie. If it gets wet accidentally, let it dry in a cool place, away from sunlight. A silk tie must never be machine dried. When ironing, make sure to either use steam or keep a damp towel on top of the tie before ironing it. Neither commit the blunder of adding bleach to clean a silk tie nor wring it to squeeze out the additional water if wet else you’d end up ruining the shape badly. 

WOOL

Obtained from the sheep and wools, wool is the softest natural fiber that provides high insulation and thus wool ties are an ultimate choice for winter. A decent amount of care is necessary to maintain the mint condition of the fabric. Wool ties should always be dry-cleaned, that too in cases of extreme need. Do not machine dry or iron directly. Keep it away from sunlight, bleach and hot water and make sure to never store it in a plastic bag. 

LINEN

Linen is a natural fiber obtained from flax plant that is soft to its core and extremely luxurious. It is an ideal choice for warm weather and is easy maintenance because it can be hand washed in cold or slightly warm water. Avoid using bleach and twisting the tie to wring out excess water because linen is extremely prone to wrinkles. Hang them on a tie rack when not in use to prevent wrinkles. 

COTTON

Cotton ties are durable, easy maintenance and best for everyday wear. You may wash it in cold or warm water depending on your preference and it can be ironed on a low setting. Avoid using bleach and never twist the tie to squeeze out water because cotton is susceptible to wrinkles. 

SEERSUCKER

This fabric was first created in India and became popular because of its milk-like smooth texture with the unique roughness of sugar. It is light weight and easy maintenance. You may wash it and iron it in any way you like but avoid using bleach and machine drying. 

KNIT

Knit ties impart a contemporary, classic look to any attire and are very durable. A little care can increase their longevity several folds. It is recommended to wash a knit tie with gentle hands and lay it down on a flat surface to dry. Wringing, twisting, machine drying and ironing is extremely devastating for the texture and shape of this fabric. 

MICROFIBER

Microfiber is a synthetic material that is an excellent alternative to silk ties. It gives the exact smoothness as silk but is much easier to take care of. You can easily wash it with hand, air dry and even iron as per your desire. Adding bleach to the fabric is not recommended. 

POLYESTER

Polyester is the synthetic alternative to cotton. It is durable, wrinkle-resistant, water-resistant and much easier to maintain. You can simply wash it and air dry. Do not use bleach or twist excessively to squeeze out water. 

FAUX LEATHER

It is a cheaper version or a cost-effective alternative of genuine leather that is comparatively durable and more versatile. The only drawback is the fact that dry-cleaning and hand washing is totally prohibited. Leather ties should only be cleaned using wet wipes. The tie should not be exposed to heat of any sort, in the form of sunlight, iron or steam. Do not make the mistake of using bleach on leather ties.

FIGHTING WITH THE STAINS

We’ve all experienced that terrible feeling when the food lands on our tie after missing the mouth or when the tie is ruined by the courtesy of a careless friend, spilling his drink here and there. Cleaning the tough stains off ties is the greatest challenge for all fashion aficionados. No matter how much caution is exercised, there’s no way to avoid accidents completely. So when a stain makes its way to your tie, the key rule is to act immediately. Take the following measures to save your tie from permanent damage:

The stain must be blotted immediately with a cloth or tissue paper. Avoid rubbing the stain as this would only worsen the condition. 

Depending on the nature of the stain, you may use seltzer water, club soda, tonic and talcum powder to clean your tie.

For spills of tea, coffee, ink, juice and other water soluble substances, blot the stain with cloth soaked in seltzer water or club soda. Blow dry the affected area else a ring of liquid would form around the stain. 

For oil and other greasy stuff, apply talcum powder or cornstarch to the affected area and this will lift off the stain. Let it sit for a few hours and then brush off the powder with a clean, soft cloth. 

Stain removers can also be used to get rid of this menace but some chemicals might discolor the fabric and thus should be avoided as a first option. 

You may repeat the steps once or twice to get the desired results. 

Still not satisfied? Get your tie dry cleaned right away. You may want to note that dry cleaning sometimes make the ties lose their shine so try to avoid the stains in the first place. 

For silk ties, another effective protocol can be followed:

Place a towel on the hot radiator to make it warm.

Keep the tie on the top of the towel and spray the stain with a cold water vapor sprayer. 

Blot the area with a light cloth and leave it on the radiator overnight. 

Avoid soaking it overnight to prevent damage to the tie. 

You may repeat the process to completely get rid of the stain.  

THE FINAL WORD ON THE MATTER

When you’re considerate enough to take proper care of your ties, they can last you a lifetime. A few precautions and a little time invested into the task can save you from the despair of parting away from your favorite tie. Happy cleaning! 

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