Silk Tie and Water

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Lafont, Aug 29, 2012.

  1. Lafont

    Lafont Senior member

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    Found at yard sale one of these beautiful smooth silk ties - a Lanvin Paris. In excellent condition and only $1 so I grabbed it. I noticed it had a hint of a fold, which I carefully ironed out. Then I noticed a tiny discoloration, which I spread a little water on. When it dried I noticed the area I got wet appeared darker than the rest. Wet the whole area and waiting to see how it dries.

    How is a tiny stain or discoloration supposed to be handled on a smooth silk tie? Hard to believe it has to go to the dry cleaner any time there's the tiniest thing, and I've also read how tricky it is to find a dry cleaner who can actually handle a tie well. I can't believe a little dab of water ruins an expensive, smooth silk tie either (after all, they must get wet occasionally from rain or whatever), so do any of you have suggestions as to how to get rid of any mark left from water? It's only water, after all....:embar:
     
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    I just looked on your archives and saw references to this situation, with the usual disagreement about what works and what does not. It seems dry cleaning can bring good results but, again, does anyone have a successful in-house technique? As for the one who has gotten spots only on his Ferragamo's, I don't know why no one suggested it may be related to Ferragamo's particular formula of silk.
     
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    I used just a little water and lightly rubbed the whole section of the tie, and it looks good.:)
     
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    I believe the darker ring is caused by dust, etc. in the tie and minerals in the water. Whenever i spot clean something, I do a much larger area than the stain itself and pat dry it well with a clean cloth. That usually prevents or minimizes any residual stain.
     
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