September 28, 2023
Silk has been an indicator of luxury and fashion since Chinese artisans started using silkworm fibers as a textile 5,000 years ago. Today, silk is still seen as a beautiful and elegant material, which is why silk ties are a popular and sophisticated way to add a sense of class and charm to your look.
That said, silk is much more delicate than other tie options, such as cotton or polyester. If you want to add a silk tie to your wardrobe, you need to know how to take care of it. Proper handling and cleaning techniques will help make sure your tie continues to look sharp as the years go on. Learn everything you need to know about how to properly care for and clean a silk tie with this overview.
As much as you try to avoid them, food stains happen. They don’t have to ruin your outing, though. By acting fast and using the right techniques, you can minimize the damage to your tie.
If you spill food or thick liquids onto your tie, the first thing you’ll want to do is scrape away any excess. Be gentle—use a spoon or the dull edge of a butter knife to carefully remove any lingering food debris. For liquid stains, dry the area by dabbing it with a clean, soft napkin or cloth. Be careful not to rub or scrub the tie, as this can cause the stain to spread or seep further into the silk.
Never use water to remove a stain, as it can damage the silk. However, you can remove some water-based stains with club soda. Dip a cotton ball or clean cloth in club soda and gently dab it on the stain. Avoid using paper towels, as these can fall apart and leave fibers on your tie.
Grease- or oil-based stains can be particularly stubborn if you’re not careful. The first thing to do when treating a grease stain is to blot the area dry with a napkin or clean cloth. Then you can absorb the grease with talcum powder or cornstarch. Fine salt will also absorb grease stains, which is a useful trick if you spill grease or oil on your tie while in a restaurant.
Simply pour whatever dry ingredient you’re using into a small pile on top of the stain and let it sit for a few hours, then dust the powder off. If the stain is still there, repeat the process as necessary.
The biggest challenge when treating ink stains is preventing the stain from spreading. If you try to treat it when wet, the ink will continue to seep through the tie and create an even bigger stain. Instead, let the ink sit until it’s completely dry. Then dip a cotton ball or clean cloth in rubbing alcohol and dab away the stain. Be sure to switch out your cotton ball or cloth once that gets stained so you’re not just reapplying the wet ink when you dab at the tie.
Water can cause the delicate fabric of a silk tie to pucker and wrinkle. That’s why you should never wash your silk ties in water—not even careful handwashing. This doesn’t mean water will immediately ruin your tie, though. If you get your silk tie wet, take it off and blow dry it at a low heat setting. Then lay the tie flat on a clean towel and roll it up carefully. Let it sit for a couple days to dry completely.
Snags occur when a thread on your tie gets caught on something and is pulled out of place. Luckily, it’s relatively easy to repair a snag. Don’t cut the thread to get rid of it, as this can cause more threads to come undone and create an even bigger problem.
Instead, the goal is to pull the snagged thread through to the back of the tie so that it isn’t visible. You can do this by using an unthreaded needle to catch the thread and pull it back. You can also thread a needle—make sure you use a color that matches the tie—and push it through the back to the front of the tie. Once there, grab the snag with the needle and pull it back through the same hole to the back of the tie.
Taking care of emergency cleaning and repair is important, but you should also know your way around routine tie care. Understanding how to handle your tie helps keep it looking great every time you need it. This will also help you avoid problems like snags or other damage.
When you need to remove creases from your tie, steaming is the better method. However, you can still use an iron if you need to as long as you’re careful. Always use the lowest setting to avoid damaging the interior folds and tie lining. Before you start ironing, place a flat towel beneath the tie, then a different, slightly damp towel over the tie. When you’re done, leave the tie between the two towels until everything is completely dry.
When it comes to properly caring for a silk tie, one of the most important things to know is how to store it. Avoid hanging your silk ties, as gravity can stretch them out or create creases. Try to either lay your silk ties out flat or, preferably, roll them loosely. To roll your tie, start with the narrow end and loop it around your hand. Don’t make the roll too tight, as this can stretch out the fabric. When you put the tie away, keep it somewhere dark and cool. Avoid direct sunlight, which can cause fading and ruin the color.
If you’re dealing with a tough stain or don’t know how to handle a certain stain or repair, it’s always best to take your tie to a professional dry cleaner. They’ll have the tools and knowledge necessary to fix the problem without damaging your tie.
If you’re looking for a luxury silk tie to add to your collection, look no further than DAZI. Our selection of men’s neckties includes an array of rich colors and gorgeous patterns to coordinate with any formal attire. Shop our premium neckties when you visit us online today.
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