We have assembled a few general rules for taking care of your fine silk ties. Follow some of this advice and your ties should be well cared for.
As men, we become very much attached to certain ties that we own. Silk ties are a man’s secret “failsafe”… many men become attached to most of their collection and feel the pain when these prized possessions become stained or wrinkled.
Proper care is important in ensuring that these beautiful works of art not only look presentable but provide many years of enjoyment.
Hang you ties at night – do not leave the knots in as they will permanently crease the fabric.
When travelling, utilise these methods to ensure your ties stay in good condition. When packing, fold the tie gently into four and slip it in the inside pocket of your suit jacket. If you own a tie case, this is probably the best method to travel with your ties. Give your ties a shower. Upon arrival, hang the tie on the lavatory door before you shower, the steam will do wonders for relaxing the fabric.
Stain Prevention For Silk Ties
Some ties will be manufactured with a blocking agent, but the general rule is tuck a napkin in your shirt collar and you won’t need to worry about stains. Remember your tie is a thing of beauty not a bib.
Dry Cleaning Silk Ties
We simply do not recommend dry cleaning ties. The reason for this is that dry cleaners will typically press the tie, and as such, will press those wonderful rolled edges flat.
Spot Removal For Silk Ties
Not much will help a spot on a beautiful silk tie, but should you happen to get a spot on your tie, simply dip a clean cloth napkin in
a little soda water or tonic and then dab away what you can. For anything greasy, sprinkle a little talcum powder on the spot as soon as possible and allow it to absorb what it can. After a few hours, brush off the remaining residue with a clean soft cloth.
We love tie bars. They dress up the tie, and add an interesting splash of decor to ties. Additionally, tie bars will keep the tie in place – which also could mean out of your soup or keep it from flapping in your face.
Re-shaping and Conditioning Silk Ties
Because the favourite ties get the most use, it is highly recommended that you purchase a small hand steamer and gently steam away the wrinkles that usually form around the fabric where the knot is made. This should be done at least every two months – and that is assuming that the tie is worn about eight times in that period.
In the end, taking care of your tie collection will provide many wonderful years of elegance for you to enjoy these prized possessions.