Though ties constitute a small part of your attire, they demand your complete attention for a flawless look. They’re made up of delicate fabric that is prone to get wrinkled when tied. Just careful handling and proper storage can make these creases smoothen in no time but sometimes tough wrinkles may need ironing to disappear. 

Ironing is usually not recommended for ties because direct heat can damage the fabric and you may end up ruining the tie altogether. Thus, this job requires much precision and undivided attention. Ironing of different ties can vary because of the difference in fabrics they are made of. Some materials are heat sensitive while others may have a better tolerance. This article aims to familiarize you with the different tie fabrics available and the ways to iron them so next time when you face any wrinkle, you can simply treat it yourself instead of rushing to the dry cleaning service. 


Make an attempt to get rid of the wrinkles by hanging the tie, laying it on a flat surface or smoothing the creases with your fingers. If you still see some tough wrinkles, here’s when you proceed to ironing.

Prepare the iron board so your tie can lie flat and stable while ironing. Fill the water reservoir of the iron before it is plugged in the power socket. Lastly, arrange a piece of cotton cloth for you may need it in later steps to act as a barrier between the tie and the heat of the iron. 

Once you’re done with the preparation, take a thorough look of your tie. Make sure it is completely dry for damp spots can leave stains when ironed. 

Let’s get to the main part now. Set your iron on the lowest temperature possible, preferably not more than 140 degree Celsius. Start ironing the back of the tie, taking small sections at a time so that you don’t end up burning the fabric. Make sure that your iron does not touch the fabric of the tie. Do not keep the iron on one area for more than a second or so for the steam can have terrible consequences. You’ll eventually notice the steam fading away the wrinkles.

For tougher wrinkles, place the cotton cloth over the tie and press it with the iron on low temperature setting. When you’re done with both the sides, remove the cloth and check whether you’re satisfied with the results or not.

A little mist of water can be sprayed from a spray bottle if the wrinkles are resistant. Make sure to cover the tie again before pressing. 

Avoid over-pressing for excessive heat may rob your tie of its natural shine, making it look dull and lifeless.  

After ironing, hang it to cool and store it later in a tie rack or rolled up in a drawer. 


Ties are made up of a variety of fabrics and every fabric has its own requirement for handling, washing and ironing. Thus it is of utmost importance that you read the label carefully after buying a tie. The label will clearly acknowledge you about the type of fabric and guidelines on its care.


Silk is an exquisite choice for ties but at the same time it’s a real challenge to handle it. Since it is heat sensitive and easily burnt, it is best to steam iron a silk tie. Direct exposure to steam is contraindicated because of its damaging properties thus a cotton cloth must be used. The temperature of the iron should not be more than 140 degree Celsius. 


Wool ties should neither be ironed nor steamed. In cases of extreme need when the wrinkles are resistant to every manual technique, you may steam iron the tie but with the lowest temperature possible and keep the iron a few inches away from the surface of the fabric. The temperature in this case should not exceed 170 degree Celsius. 


Linen is a flexible fabric and ironing is comparatively easy. Lightly dampen the tie and press it on a low temperature setting or simply steam iron it to get rid of the wrinkles.


Cotton is a tough fabric which is resistant to heat. To make the wrinkles disappear on a cotton tie, set the iron on a high temperature setting with the steam button switched on. 


Knit ties should only be steamed, that too in extreme cases. Ironing is strictly prohibited. 


Steaming is the best option however ironing on a low to medium temperature is also an effective measure. Temperature greater than 140 degree Celsius can irreversibly damage the tie. 


Leather ties should neither be ironed nor steamed. To get rid of their wrinkles, simply hang them on a rack and take care of its storage. 


Ironing ties is a tricky business which requires not only skill but knowledge about the fabric too. We have tried to mention the commonly used fabrics so you don’t have to face the struggle of rushing to a laundry service whenever you feel like wearing a tie. A very important point to keep in mind is that ties should be check periodically while ironing. If you notice change in color, immediately lower the temperature settings for high heat can fade the fabric completely. For more tip and tricks to avoid wrinkles, check our next article ‘How to prevent and treat wrinkles on a tie’.