How to get stains out of silk ties

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A beautiful silk tie is the final addition to a man's outfit. This shot of colour, which draws the eye, makes a great impression unless you have a stain. No matter how much you try to avoid getting a stain on your tie, it does happen. A stain on your tie is instantly noticeable, and your first inclination is to run to the rest room and wash it off. Unfortunately, silk ties are delicate and should never be exposed to water or soap. Take a few minutes to try a few tricks to remove stains from the tie. These methods do not involve soap and water and use a few simple items commonly found in your home. Of course, if all else fails you can take your silk tie to a dry cleaner, but the tie may never look quite the same after being exposed to the cleaner's chemicals.

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Things you need

  • White paper towel/napkin
  • Seltzer water
  • Talcum powder
  • Cornstarch

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    Removing Food, Grease Stains

  1. 1

    Dip the clean white towel or napkin in seltzer water and dab at the spot. Never rub it because rubbing only forces the stain deeper into the fabric. In addition, never pour seltzer water directly on the tie. Always apply the seltzer to the napkin and then dab the spot.

  2. 2

    If you didn't notice the stain on your tie right away and it has solidified, use the back of a knife to scrape the hardened food off the tie. Then try dabbing it with seltzer water.

  3. 3

    As soon as possible, after getting grease on tie, lay the tie out on a flat surface and sprinkle talcum powder or cornstarch on the spot. Allow the powder or cornstarch to absorb as much of the grease as it can. You can let the tie stay like that for several hours. With clean white paper towel or cloth, gently brush off powder or cornstarch.

Tips and warnings

  • Never get a silk tie wet.
  • Do not rub at stain, only dab.

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