Knowing how to clean a tie can save you from mishaps with food and other messes. They run right down the center of your torso, making them a prime target if you miss your mouth, drop your pen, or run into someone with a drink in their hand.
Some materials are fragile, so is it safe to handwash a tie at home?
How to Clean a Tie Without Ruining It
If you spill on your tie, it’s not the end of the world. Depending on the material, you can wash it by hand at home and see spotless results.
There are a handful of steps to follow when learning how to clean a tie, but the outcome is worth the effort. Most washes only require a sink, cool water, and a mild detergent. Once you get the process down, you can continue to wear your favorite tie without trying to hide a stain.
However, some materials are more tricky than others. If you’re not confident, your best bet is to take your tie to a dry cleaner.
Ties You Can Handwash
Most laundry requires regular cleaning, but ties don’t. In most instances, you can wear them again and again without a single wash. Because of its delicate nature, you should only wash ties when it’s absolutely necessary.
If you want to learn how to clean a tie at home, pay attention to the manufacturer’s care instructions on the tag. It will be your first resource in knowing how to clean a tie properly. If it doesn’t have a tag, there’s general information that will help you know the right steps to take.
The Following Fabrics Are Safe And Easy To Wash At Home:
Most of the fabrics follow the same steps for cleaning, but leather and faux leather have specific needs to keep it in good shape.
Before you start
Before you start washing your ties, there are steps you should take first to prevent a stain from forming.
After spilling on your tie, it’s important to clean up as much of the mess as possible. If it’s food, use a utensil to scrape it off. If it’s a liquid, use a napkin or cloth to blot and absorb as much of the liquid as you can.
Don’t rub the area as you try to remove the spill. That can spread the mess to a larger area on the tie’s surface and make it more difficult to clean.
Never place your ties, no matter the material, in the washer. The cleaning cycle is too rough for delicate ties and can mess up the stitching and shape. Handwashing is more time consuming, but it’ll make your ties last a long time.
For all of the washable fabrics other than leather, you first need to make sure water doesn’t make the colors bleed. Place a drop of water on the back of the tie and watch what it does. If the colors don’t run, you can proceed to handwash the tie.
To start, fill a sink or large container with cool or warm water. Cotton, linen, and polyester clean well in either temperature, but microfiber ties are better with warm water. In the water, add a mild detergent like Woolite.
Let the dirty tie soak in the water for 5 to 10 minutes. You can go longer if you want, but 5 to 10 minutes is sufficient in most cases. Using a towel, gently rub out the stain.
Next, drain the water in your sink or container, and rinse the tie with warm water to remove the detergent from it. Use a dry towel to pat out as much water as possible. Don’t wring out the fabric, or you’ll wrinkle it.
To finish, hang up the tie to dry. Once it has dried thoroughly, you’re ready to wear it again.
For leather and faux leather, don’t expose the material to water. That can ruin the tie before you get the chance to wear it very long. Instead, clean these kinds of ties with baby wipes or a similar kind of wipe.
It’s also good to know how to get a stain out of a tie. Stains are either water-based or oil-based, and each kind requires a different cleaning method.
Club soda is great for removing water stains, especially on silk ties. Just dip a cotton ball in club soda and dab at the stain until vanishes.
For oil-based stains, you’ll need talcum powder, cornstarch, or baking soda. Sprinkle the powder onto the stain and let it sit for 12 to 24 hours. It should absorb the grease while it sits, and you’ll be able to tell as soon as you remove the powder.
For ink stains, make sure the ink is completely dry before you try to clean it. That will prevent the ink from spreading to a larger area. Once it’s dry, dab the area with a cotton ball dipped in rubbing alcohol until it disappears.
If the stain still doesn’t come out, take your tie to a professional dry cleaner.
Ties are delicate, so it’s crucial to know how to clean a tie properly. Always make sure you handwash the washable materials with a mild detergent. For other materials like wool and silk, take them to a dry cleaner.
The majority of our ties and bow ties consist of silk and polyester, so it’s important to know how to care for both.
Do you have any other tips for washing a tie? Let us know in the comments section.