Ties are often ignored when it comes to consider them for cleaning or even taking precautions while preserving or packing them for traveling. But as any other wearable, this one needs appropriate care if you want it to last longer. Ties come in many materials and every material needs a different procedure for cleaning, you cannot apply the same for all other wise they will get ruined. First of all make up your mind what price range you are going to purchase. If it is an expensive one then trying things out at home and experimenting is not good, the professional dry cleaner can give stunning results. The cheaper ones are also not for throwing away but there are sturdy fabrics among them which can withstand the harshness of daily wash which most of us finds easy.
Before looking in to the procedure of cleaning this neck wears lets see how we can on personal level can prevent damage to them. First of all, we know you are too tired to do a proper thing when you get home after your tiring job. But loosening your knot is not a big task you cannot perform. If you are keen to have a perfect look from this item, then always untie it daily and instead of yanking it to get loose try the delicate way. Because due to your harsh treatment the fabric gets damaged every time and eventually you are left with nothing. Always open the knot before putting it away as there can be permanent wrinkles if this is not done. These two things can de-shape this object and also you destroy its freshness and durability.
As daily use precautions, this step can also provide safety. Ties can be stored only in two ways, either hang them properly or roll them in a drawer. Rolling it and putting it in a pressure free drawer is also harmless but hanging is more preferable by many. Tie rack is a onetime investment which can go for life time and your ties becomes secure in it. First advantage of putting it this way is that the wrinkles formed temporarily goes off and also risk of getting ruined by a mite also vanish. But there are square-tipped knit ties which actually require rolling for maintaining the shape and stretching out.
As already told, ordinary cleaning processes cannot be applied to ties due to their delicate nature, but what to do if somehow it really needs cleaning. Your primary goal should be to take it to a dry cleaner to let them do it with special harmless chemicals and machinery. Now, if your nearest dry cleaner does not offer this service whereas the next one is very far and you have to attend an urgent meeting then you are left with no choice but to do it yourself. Reading the instructions carefully is the least you can do, as these provide total information on the make-up of a tie and how it should be cleaned.
Be Delicate and specific is a very strict rule you have to follow the clean-up process. First of all be a decent wearer for this dress accessory, if you do not get a stain in the first place the hassle following it can be avoided. For instance, if you do accidentally get one, then a quick response will be helpful instead of regretting the situation. Try to get it blotted with a cloth immediately, absorb carefully and do not rub harshly to prevent any further penetration. Using water over the surface is subject to of what material the tie is made, you can have a better idea of this by reading its tag carefully. Always avoid any haste decisions when you are talking about this subtle item and carry on with the cleaning process with utmost clarity.
Especially on a silk tie, using water is like a death to this natural fabric. Water will leave its stain on the stuff and it does not leave which destroys the whole look. For wool, it is necessary that direct exposure to heat be prevented as it is also natures build up and needs special care to keep it away from shrinking and loosening shape. People think that what harm will a machine wash do to the neck wear but believe me, it is a real life experience that the shape refinement is gone and what you are left with is a wrinkled sided piece of cloth which is no longer fit for further use and has to be thrown away.
A very critical question is if a normal routine detergent cannot be used then what harmless things can make the stains vanish away. A water-soluble stain can be removed by blotting it with seltzer water or club soda. Oil-based stains can be cleaned by first covering them with talcum powder letting it settle for some hours. Then dust it off with a soft cloth, the powder will absorb all the oil. Another way is stain removal with talcum powder and then iron the area for a minute, heat and powder combine to treat the oil stain. These two processes can be repeated if the desired results are not obtained. But in case, the stain is still there after many tries then taking the tie to a dry cleaner is the only option left.
Ties are always rolled and not folded to prepare them for your journey. After rolling, place each tie in a separate pouch and then place it where it is not pressed or gets out of place. Anyhow, if wrinkles do form then hanging the tie in a steamed bathroom due to hot water is a good solution as due to wetness the lines will smooth out. But for silk or woolen ties, first ask its seller whether this procedure is safe for them.