How to Clean a Tie

Stained tieMost stains on a necktie happen during eating. Knowing this, men are usually very careful with sauces and other drippy food items. Unfortunately, it does happen sometimes that something drips onto your tie.

To clean the stain from your necktie, you have to know the material from which it is made. The season of the year sometimes determines the material. During the winter season, you may wear cashmere or wool. They may also be the easiest to clean. A handkerchief dipped in Club Soda and then carefully dabbed onto the stain may be all you need. If possible, a hairdryer with the setting on “cool” will dry the tie and you may not notice where the stain was.

Silk ties are a little bigger problem. Stains must be cared for immediately or the tie is lost. If you are at a restaurant, you may ask the waiter for a clean, dry, white washcloth or hand towel. Carefully dab the corner of a stain eliminating towelette onto the stain. You cannot dab too much moisture onto the spot. Silk cannot deal with moisture very well. A restaurant may not be able to comply with w hairdryer. That is another reason not to get too much moisture onto the tie. If there is a little ring left on the tie after the stain was lifted, hold that part of the necktie over a steaming kettle of water. Don’t hold it too closely, just enough to let the ring receive a little steam. This should clear the water ring.

Any stains including oils and butter, you best wait until you get home to try and salvage your tie. Place the tie onto a flat, white towel. Sprinkle a little cornstarch onto the spot – dry shampoo may be another choice – and then cover it with a white, absorbent paper towel. You can add a little weight, like a thin book on top of the paper towel. Leave it for at least twelve hours. In the morning, replace the cornstarch with fresh cornstarch and repeat the process.  If after two such tries the stain is still there, perhaps a dry cleaner may be helpful. Otherwise, hint for a new tie for your birthday.