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question: unwrinkling a wrinkled tie

joobacca

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Hello everyone. I am new here.

I have a tie that I like but it's pretty wrinkled because I didn't put it on a rack. How do I unwrinkle it?
 

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Try hanging or rolling the tie to start. If that doesn't work, you might be able to iron it. Now, with ties you have to be a little careful about the heat, and you'll probably also want to iron it using something between the iron and the tie. And be careful about the seam (since it's easy to iron a crease into the front of your tie from pressing on the seam)
 

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Originally Posted by CrocsRock
Try hanging or rolling the tie to start. If that doesn't work, you might be able to iron it.

Uh, no. Never iron a tie.
 

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I would stretch the tie out lightly and put it on the rack. I would not even try the iron. that sounds like a bad idea.
 

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I usually steam them, while flat, I hold the iron 2 inchest being careful not to touch the silk, above the tie and steam it, after the steam is applied, i stretch it a bit while warm to make sure any creases are gone.
 

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Originally Posted by antirabbit
I usually steam them, while flat, I hold the iron 2 inchest being careful not to touch the silk, above the tie and steam it, after the steam is applied, i stretch it a bit while warm to make sure any creases are gone.

It's been said that the iron can spit or dribble water on the tie leaving a water stain. I would probably do this with the tie vertical so large amounts of water don't spill out and I'd steam the back of the tie. Actually I'd just buy a steamer.
 

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One more thing:

If the tie is a really cheap, flimsy tie it will be a lot harder to unwrinkle. In that case I wouldn't even bother doing anything with it.

Usually ties unwrinkle on their own by stretching them out or hanging them after a few days.
 

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Originally Posted by joobacca
I have a tie that I like but it's pretty wrinkled because I didn't put it on a rack. How do I unwrinkle it?

PLEASE DON'T IRON A TIE!

You could start by hanging up the tie in the bathroom, when you take a shower (don't hang the tie IN the shower). Let the the steam from a hot shower do its work. Sometimes, just that is enough.

I've always been afraid of applying steam to a tie, because of the risks, but a woman at Neiman Marcus Last Call showed me how to do it successfully.

She used a hand held steamer and held it up a few inches from a hanging tie, starting at the top and working her way down.

If you do use a steamer, be careful that it is clean. If it spits out dirty water, it is quite possible to get water spots or stains on the tie.
 

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Thanks for the help.

The tie is not cheap so I won't try to iron it. I guess I could buy a new tie, but I rarely where a tie so I don't really want to buy one.

Is it possible to give it to a dry cleaners and ask them to take care of it?

Thanks
 

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Originally Posted by joobacca
Thanks for the help.

The tie is not cheap so I won't try to iron it. I guess I could buy a new tie, but I rarely where a tie so I don't really want to buy one.

Is it possible to give it to a dry cleaners and ask them to take care of it?

Thanks


Few cleaners really know how to work on ties. Most will press the tie flat. the edges should roll and look full, not flat & creased. If it is that big a problem and concern to you send it to Tiecrafters in NY. The most professional people to work on ties. That is all they do.

You have good advice from all the previous posts. Roll the tie first for a day, let it hang. If it still is wrinkled try a little steam.
 

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If I had to steam a tie, I would put a clean white t-shirt over it, then steam that. I wouldn't apply the steam directly. This way you avoid the potential for water spots. The bathroom / shower idea is a pretty good one. The teakettle is a bad idea...too easy to burn yourself. +1 on most cleaners ruining your tie.
 

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I have a clothes press with adjustable heat. The press is lined with sponge/foam, and on low heat for about ten minutes gives a great press and comes out warm, but not at all hot. It has never failed me. No damage of any kind.
 

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- stick hair dryer into large end of tie
- run on "high" and "no heat." the tie should swell out like a long balloon.
- hang in shower and bathe in shower steam
- leave hanging until dry
- hold small end in palm, roll tie around hand
- leave rolled tie on dresser for a day or two

after this, if the tie still has unsightly wrinkles, it's time to buy a new tie.
 

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^^^
Very unique method! I have a nice steamer, but I might dry your method as well.
 

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