How to Clean A Silk Tie?

Washing silk ties is risky and much more difficult than washing cotton, polyester, or other fabrics. Because of the delicate fabric and fine stitching, it's best to wash ties -- especially silk ones -- only if you know how to do it

How to clean a silk tie?

It’s never easy to clean a silk tie, especially when you like it very much. There are a few tips you need to bear in mind, but the first thing you need to focus on is to stay away from water.

Equipment & Materials you need for cleaning a silk tie: 

  • Spoon or butter knife
  • A clean towel
  • Dry napkin or blotting cloth
  • Club soda
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Talcum powder, cornstarch or Borax
  • Stain remover formulated for silk

Here are ways to take care of your silk tie:

How to remove simple stains?  

Step 1: Remove your tie and put it on a flat surface.

Step 2: Scrape off food or sauce and blot the stain. Dip a cloth napkin or paper napkin into club soda and blot the leftover stain.

(Notice: Saturating silk with water can aggravate a stain and, more significantly, it would ruin your silk tie by causing ripples or rings that might compromise the color as well as the pattern.)

Step 3: Apply a silk stain remover. Use rubbing alcohol if you don’t have stain remover.

Apply a bit to the back of the silk tie to make sure the color won’t be affected. Then use blotting cloth to blot the stain.

Step 4: Dry light-colored liquid stains with a hair dryer.

Please do this step before the stain sets, or you might as well take your tie to the dry cleaners.


How to get rid of stubborn stains?  

Step 1: Again, lay your tie on a flat surface.

Step 2: Cover the stain with a thin layer of Talcum powder, cornstarch or Borax.

Step 3: Left the tie there for around 24 hours, only by doing so can the powder absorb the stain.

Step 4: Wipe the powder off the tie with a towel.


Other tips for you to care for your silk tie without cleaning it.

  • Never leave your silk tie knotted, or the wrinkles will be hard to remove later.
  • When removing your silk tie, be careful not to pull too hard on one end as you take it off.
  • When you need to press out any creases or wrinkles, I would recommend you to use hand held steamers.
  • Try not to wear the same silk tie every day. Regular change of it will prolong the time or wear out.


Final words for cleaning your silk tie

The best way to keep your silk tie clean is to prevent spills. If you plan to wear a tie to have food, try to cover it up with a napkin or take it off temporarily.

You need to know that the best time to clean a silk tie is the moment shortly after the stain is caused.

Some extra money is definitely needed if you really want to use it as long as possible. With proper cleaning care and care, you can be sure to extend the life of your cherished silk ties.

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