How Do You Clean a Tie?


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Clean a tie by pretreating it with an appropriate solution, hand washing the tie, and then ironing it at the correct temperature. If your tie is made of silk, have it cleaned professionally.

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  1. Pretreat the stain as soon as you see it

    If you spill food on a tie, blot the stain with club soda and a white napkin. Avoid using so much pressure you push the stain deeper into the fabric. If the stain is oily, apply dry baking soda or talcum powder instead of club soda to absorb the stain.

  2. Wash the tie by hand

    Check to determine the fabric type. Send silk ties to a dry cleaner for further treatment of spots. Use a gentle fabric detergent to hand wash polyester, cotton or wool. Do not scrub the tie vigorously, as doing so can damage fabric or lining. Rinse and lay the tie flat on a towel to dry.

  3. Iron the tie

    If you sent the tie for dry cleaning, ask that it be hand ironed. If ironing a tie at home, choose a cool iron setting for silk and polyester ties. Iron wool ties require a medium setting. Cotton and linen ties do best with a hot iron.

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