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How To Tie a Tie

How to Clean Neckties

A well made tie has the power to enhance your look considerably but it doesn't come without its responsibilities. Your ideal tie will escort you to formal dinners, work meetings, weddings and Friday night outings with panache. All this socialising almost guarantees that spills and mishaps will happen which is why it's important to know how to clean your necktie properly. If you want to continually present your favourite tie at esteemed social occasions, it will be imperative to know how to look after it properly, it's all about give and take. This article will provide you with the best tips and tricks on how to clean neckties. 


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If you happen to drop something on your tie, ensure to remove any excess with the edge of a dull knife. Then, by dipping a clean white napkin into plain water you can dab away the stain. Make sure that you do not rub in the stain as it can push the stain deeper into the fabric. It is also important to keep in mind to use talcum powder or baking soda as it absorbs the excess oil if the stain is greasy.


Additionally, the necktie must be hand-washed if your tie is labelled as a washable and needs a general cleaning. Machine wash for these ties may damage the stitching and interfacing of the neckties. Further, if your tie is made of silk fabric, then dry cleaning is the preferred cleaning method as it helps in cleaning and also preserves the glossy, smooth texture of silk.


Correspondingly, in order to maintain the rounded edges of the tie, it has to be hand-pressed for the utmost care. Mechanical pressing methods can be too severe and can lead to breakage of fibres which cannot be repaired. You can also remove the wrinkles from the silk tie by using the air steaming method. If you consider taking the tie to a dry cleaner as a last resort, make sure that you instruct them to use the most gentle chemicals. 


Dry cleaning is the only way to properly clean a tie, for nearly every type of necktie available. The dry cleaning method not only assists in the safe removal of grease and oil from delicate fabrics such as silk and wool, but also prevents colour bleeding and retains the tie’s shape.




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