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Dry Clean a Tie?

dieselman89

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I recently got a stain on one of my silk ties and did not want to apply soda water because I've only had negative experiences using soda water to "get a stain out." From what I've seen w/soda water is that on silk it only spreads the stain is actually does more damage than help.

Anyways, the tie says "dry clean only." Has anyone ever dry cleaned a tie, if so will it help remove the stain?
 

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I have had several silk ties dry cleaned.
They have all come back perfect....and that is from a discount dry cleaners that charges only $1.99!

Make sure you confirm with your dry cleaners that thay are adept at dry cleaning ties.
The first tie you give them should be a "test" tie, just to be on the safe side.

Good luck.
 

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Do not dry clean a tie. It destroys the "body" of a tie. If it's a favorite, take it to Tie Crafters. Well worth it.
 

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Originally Posted by Metlin
Do not dry clean a tie. It destroys the "body" of a tie.

If it's a favorite, take it to Tie Crafters. Well worth it.


In that case I loose.... I love the tie... It gets a lot of compliments.
 

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+1 on Tiecrafters. If you go to standard dry cleaners with your tie you will most likely not be happy when you get it back.

Of course it also depends on how nice the tie was beforehand.
 

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Originally Posted by Metlin
Do not dry clean a tie. It destroys the "body" of a tie. If it's a favorite, take it to Tie Crafters. Well worth it.
+1, learned that one the hard way...
 

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It should be ok - just make sure they don't press the tie.

The first time I took a tie to the dry cleaners, it came back ruined because they had pressed it after cleaning (the tie was much flatter, and the silk had an added sheen that was very noticeable)


The second time I brought a tie to the same dry cleaner (I really like them).....I specifically stated that I did not want the tie pressed. (to which the cleaner replied "but thats how we get the wrinkles out after we clean it?") I told them to clean the tie, and then do whatever they could to unwrinkle the tie without applying direct heat or pressing. Tie came out perfect.
 

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There's a really good professional dry cleaner where I go for all my cleaning, and they do great work. Just make sure it's not some discount place, check reviews on it, etc.

Not to mention the ties I've had cleaned there have only been my work ties, I'm a manager at a Chick-fil-A and we have to wear company ties (dreadful 3.5" tacky ties, I know) but they are silk, and have had everything from peanut oil to milkshake splatter, and they have come out just fine.
 

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This is bad bad news. Why did I have to spill a cocktail on my tie!!!I dont want to pay $20 (shipping included) to get the tie cleaned.
 

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Originally Posted by dieselman89
This is bad bad news. Why did I have to spill a cocktail on my tie!!!I dont want to pay $20 (shipping included) to get the tie cleaned.

Like I said, it depends on how much you enjoy your tie.

If it's a favorite, sending it to Tie Crafters isn't particularly expensive (it's the cost of breakfast at IHOP). If it's not, just move on.

You can search the forum for other threads on this topic (I remember someone suggesting Oxyclean). But chances are, they will damage your tie.
 

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I dry cleaned and had no issues...
 

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I have found very few discussions in life that have as universal agreement as Tie Crafters being the very best option for cleaning a tie and not damaging (generally by pressing too much at a cleaners) it in any way. I once spilled white out on a favorite tie and they got it out without issue.
 

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