Silk ties can cost a fair amount, especially when you are getting them specifically tailored and branded for your business, club, school or event.
When you take a long time designing and closing in on the perfect ties, it can be a real shame when they get dirty or ruined.
Silk ties are the easiest to stain and potentially spoil due to the delicacy of the material they’re made of. Silk is extremely delicate and must be washed in a certain way to get the stain out.
Here is how to correctly clean a silk tie:
- Do not use water!
Using water on silk is the worst thing you can do as it damages the delicate fibers. Adding water to silk can cause the water to create more staining in the form of ‘water staining’.
- Wipe off excess with a dry cloth
As soon as you possible can, it’s important that you blot the tie with a dry cloth to remove the excess dirt; you can then wash the tie properly when you can.
- You may need to dry clean your tie
For some silk ties it is recommended that you get it cleaned professionally at a dry cleaner. Always check with the tie provider before trying to wash your silk tie at home.
- With rubbing alcohol
When the stain in non-greasy rubbing alcohol can be useful, you will need a hairdryer at hand though.
Here’s how to clean your silk tie with rubbing alcohol.
- Dampen a piece of cloth with rubbing alcohol then firmly blot the cloth onto the stain until it is removed.
- Immediately dry the stain with a hairdryer.
- Repeat this process for more stubborn stains.
Talcum powder can be used to soak up excess grease if the stain is proving to be harder to remove.
- Blot the stain with a dry cloth until all excess ifs removed.
- Then, lay a clean and dry towel on a flat surface and put your tie on top.
- Now, sprinkle talcum powder over the stain.
- Leave over night
- The following morning/day, use a clean, dry cloth to remove the powder
- If the stain has not been removed, repeat the process until it is completely gone.