have assembled a few general rules for taking care of your fine silk
neckties. Follow some of this advice and your neckties should be
well cared for.
As men, we become very much attached to certain neckties that we own.
Silk neckties are a man's secret "blankie"... 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 neckties
at night - do not leave the knots in as they will permanently crease
utilize these methods to ensure your neckties stay in good
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 necktie on the lavatory door before you shower,
the steam will do wonders for relaxing the fabric.
Prevention For Silk 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 necktie is a thing of beauty not a bib.
Dry Cleaning Silk
We simply do
not recommend dry cleaning neckties.
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
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 seltzer
or club soda 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
We love tie
tacks. Tie tacks dress up the tie, and add an interesting
splash of decor to ties. Additionally, tie tacks will keep the tie in
place - which also could mean out of your soup or keep it from
flapping in your face.
However, we have a love - hate relationship with these since they can
leave tiny holes in the precious fabric. For more information
see our section on
How to Make a Tie Stay.
To prevent those tiny holes, and still keep your tie in place, insert
the tie tack on the back of your tie through the label or fabric
keeper and then attach it to your shirt.
This will keep the tie nicely in place, and no holes on the front of
and Conditioning Silk Ties
favorite 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 necktie is worn about eight times in that period.
about $35 dollars, shown here is a hand steamer we like, and you can
generally find models like this Conair at Target, Sears, and Macy's
In the end,
taking care of your tie collection will provide many wonderful years
of elegance for you to enjoy these prized possessions.