How to Clean a Silk Tie

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Silk ties aren't really meant to be cleaned, even by a dry cleaner. However, ties can get dirty especially over meal time. If you need to clean your tie, here are some helpful hints.

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Things you need

  • Fabric Protection Sprays
  • Stain Removers
  • White Paper Towels
  • White paper towels

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    Removing a Stain

  1. 1

    Act immediately.

  2. 2

    Resist the temptation to expose a silk tie to water.

  3. 3

    Use a white paper towel to dab a small amount of stain remover onto the stain.

  4. 4

    Blot with the paper towel.

  5. 5

    Have the tie professionally dry-cleaned if you haven't gotten rid of the stain.

  6. 6

    Keep in mind that a stain remover may discolor a silk tie slightly. Even dry-cleaning may harm your tie.

    Care and Storage

  1. 1

    Treat your ties with a specialized fabric protection spray before wearing them.

  2. 2

    Avoid tie-threatening situations, such as open soup bowls, ketchup or mustard packets, and babies.

  3. 3

    Loosely roll ties to store them, rather than hanging them. Tie rolls should be loose to avoid wrinkling; hanging ties can leave creases.

Tips and warnings

  • The sad truth is that buying a new tie is probably your best bet.
  • Some men elect to throw their ties over their shoulders before eating. Though this practice is growing in popularity, it is not appropriate for all social settings and lacks a certain elegance.

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