The most important thing to know when cleaning a silk tie is that a silk tie is not meant to be cleaned! The material is simply not made to be cleaned in a machine or even at the dry cleaners! Also, if you really think about it, if you’re wearing something as elegant as silk, chances are you will take all the necessary precautions to keep any part of your outfit clean :p
The best thing you can do to keep your tie clean is to avoid staining it at all costs. Although this may make you feel like you are trying to acrobat yourself through a wall of flesh-cutting laser beams, there’s no need to worry too much. As we said before, silk ties are not meant to be cleaned, because they can’t be cleaned. Luckily for you, there are a few things you can do to prevent your silk tie from staining or to salvage it should some accidental after-work-drinks-and-salsa drip onto your tie.
The most important thing to know when cleaning your silk tie is: NEVER USE WATER!!!
This cannot be stressed enough. Without getting into the science behind this, water is to silk what kryptonite is to Superman. When exposed to water, a silk tie may become misshapen or the material may get puckered. Chances are that if you have already used water to try to clean your tie, it may be time for a new one.
Time is of the essence.
This is the second most important thing to know. The longer you wait to remove a stain, the less chance you have of saving your tie from doom.
If you should get your tie dirty, the first thing you should do is to lightly dab the spot of the stain with a paper towel that has been dipped in stain remover. Although be careful not to use too much because stain remover may discolor the spot you are trying to clean. You are also most likely not Martha Stewart or Mr. Clean to be keeping such things within your immediate vicinity, so another good alternative is seltzer. They’re sure to have that relatively near to wherever you are wearing your fancy tie!
Corn starch or talcum powder can be of great help to any greasy types of stains. Simply put a bit onto your tie and let it absorb as much of that greasy goodness as it can for a few hours, then with a soft brush, remove any residue. If the tie is still dirty, repeat the process.
These methods are not guaranteed, but if you are quick enough you may be able to save your tie. If not, take a look at here for some amazingly awesome ties.
Use rubbing alcohol.
Applying a small amount of rubbing alcohol to a silk tie stain may help clean your tie if you blow dry it immediately. Be careful not to keep the blow drier too close to the tie or the heat may ruin the fabric as well. It may take a few tries before you see any improvement in the condition of your tie.
Invest in a pre-treatment spray.
This is perhaps the best thing you can do for your tie and for yourself. Something like Scotchgard Apparel Protector, or any other fabric protectant may cost you a few bucks initially, but in the long run it can really be a life saver! These kinds of sprays are designed to be used on any article of clothing, prior to being used, and is meant to repel liquids and block stains. The great thing about these sprays is that they can also be applied to your shirts or suits, protecting them from any collateral damage.
We still stand by our earlier statement that silk ties should not be dry cleaned, but if you were unable to save your tie using any of the above methods, your tie is as good as dead. So instead of throwing it out and dishing out a few more bucks, why not try dry cleaning it. As long as the dry cleaner uses very light chemicals and water vapor (not liquid water!) you may be able to save the tie in a last ditch attempt.
We hope these tips helped you out, and if they didn’t click here to find a sexy and succulent silk tie to replace the void created.
~The Vizoni Team~