Silk ties are a luxury item, but luxury comes with upkeep. One of the major downsides of silk is that it can wrinkle quite easily. That said, all you need to do to keep your silk tie silky smooth is follow these five easy tips.
- Remove the Knot
Caring for your tie should start the second you take it off. As much as it can be tempting to leave the knot intact after you take the tie off and head to bed, this is only going to allow wrinkles to set more deeply. Remove the knot as you remove the tie, pulling slowly and steadily to avoid stretching the fabric.
- Steam Instead of Iron
When you need to remove the wrinkles from most garments, you grab an iron. Unfortunately, ironing can damage a silk tie, so it’s worth investing in a hand-held steamer. These can be used to keep your tie wrinkle-free without risking damage, and you won’t be breaking the bank. However, make sure to buy distilled water and use them instead of using the tap water as it may help prolong the lifespan of your steamer. You should be able to pick one up for around 20.
- But If You Must Iron…
… at least iron right. If you’re stuck with a wrinkled tie but without a steamer, cover the tie with a thin piece of cloth before you set the iron to it, and make sure you keep that iron on its lowest setting.
- Avoid Tight Clips
Since silk ties can take wrinkles quite easily, you’ll want to avoid compressing them too much. You might want to avoid wearing a tie clip for this very reason. If you do need to wear one, make sure it isn’t a particularly tight clip. You might find that wearing one creates a permanent mark.
- Store It Right
It’s best to hang a silk tie up on a hanger that’s completely smooth. If you have more than one or two silk ties, a tie rack is a worthy investment. If there’s no hanging space, roll the tie up. Start from the narrow end, and remember not to stretch the fabric as you go.