2,000 Years of the Necktie: How to Care for Your Tie

Updated August 5, 2020 | Infoplease Staff

How to Care for Your Tie

by David Johnson
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The invention of new materials such as rayon, dacron and polyester are used by themselves, or as blends with natural material, to make ties longer lasting, wrinkle-free and easier to care for.

The Neckwear Association of America offers the following tips on how to care for your tie.

  • Let water spots on silk ties dry and then rub it briskly with the same fabric.
  • For hard to remove stains, hold the spot over the steam from a boiling kettle and apply cleaning fluid.
  • Ties can be dry cleaned, but make sure your cleaner is experienced with ties.
  • Ties made of synthetic material might be washable.
  • When ironing ties, make certain the roll along the tie edge is not pressed flat.
  • Always hang your ties on a rack, except knitted or crochet ties, which should be rolled and stored in a drawer.
  • Give your ties at least two or three days rest before wearing them again to allow wrinkles to hang out.
  • Always unknot your ties when taking it off. Never slip it over your head.
  • Do not unravel the knot by pulling on the small end. Always reverse the knot itself.
  • Do not make your knots too tight.

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