Avoid These Common Tie Cleaning Myths
Your tie reveals a lot about you: your profession, your attention to detail, your sense of style. Unfortunately, however, neckties are delicate items and can be extremely difficult to clean!
The phrase “tie cleaning” in a Google search produces over 6 million results. While some of these methods are harmless, others run the risk of causing further damage to your favorite tie.
First, what kind of fabric is a tie made of?
Ties are constructed of mainly of silk, wool, and cashmere. This is important to understand, as the same cleaning principles you use on your everyday clothing cannot be applied to such a delicate fabric as a tie.
In this article, we set out to debunk home cleaning myths, and advocate the safest and most effective method for tie cleaning.
Avoid the following at-home cleaning myths, which can ruin your tie!
#1: Don't use rubbing alcohol.
Think of it this way: Rubbing alcohol is a solvent. Its basic function is to dissolve weaker compositions. Isopropyl or ethyl alcohol is similar to other household solvents: like glue solvent, paint thinner and nail polish remover. Paint dissolver is simply too intense for your silks.
#2. Don't use cornstarch or talcum powder.
Like the rubbing alcohol, this method of stain removal is based on a solid principle. Using either one of these powder concentrates may remove the top layer of grease or oil, but neither have the ability to remove set stains or staining from the wool interfacing.
#3. Don't soak in water or throw in washer.
If we re-examine the construction of the tie, we are reminded that ties are mainly comprised of wool and silk; and both of these fabrics are notorious for their propensity to be damaged by wet cleaning.
When soaked with water, the fibers weaken and soften their shape. As the water is removed and the material becomes dry, it retains the shape it is currently in. This results in a warped or deformed tie.
The safest way? Get your tie dry cleaned.
For nearly every type of tie, dry cleaning is the only way to properly clean a tie.
The dry cleaning method was developed to safely remove grease and oil from delicate fabrics, such as silk and wool. Dry cleaning not only ensures the highest probability for stain removal, but is also the best option to prevent color bleeding and retain the tie’s shape.