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Tie care

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by maleofglory, Mar 18, 2006.

  1. maleofglory

    maleofglory Member

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    How do you guys keep your ties in tip top shape? Do you exclusively steam them to take out wrinkles? Or maybe you iron them with a shirt over the top to prevent 'shine' marks?
     
  2. whoopee

    whoopee Senior member

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    I would not iron them. I just hang or roll them up after wearing. A periodic steaming would not be harmful.
     
  3. Pink22m

    Pink22m Senior member

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    I roll my ties up, and keep them on the bottom shelf of my armoire. Rolling them seems to really keep wrinkles from reappearing.

    As whoopee said, do not iron your ties; they can, however, be steamed by running the iron over the silk (but not letting the surfaces touch) and letting the steam penetrate the silk.
     
  4. Tomasso

    Tomasso Senior member

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    I hang all my ties on a tie rack, with the exception of silk knits which I roll and keep in a drawer.
     
  5. pgoat

    pgoat Senior member

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    any tips on getting water stains out? I accidentally dripped some toothpaste on a red silk tie, and blotted it with a wet paper towel to get the toothpaste out. The water line is faint but there. I am afraid to let the dry cleaners at it....would the steam treatment work? Flusser's book recommends rubbing it with an unaffected area of the tie......any feedback on that method?
     
  6. demo5

    demo5 Senior member

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    If it's a tie you really care about, send it to Tie Crafters in NY; they're expensive, but also the best.
     
  7. pgoat

    pgoat Senior member

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    well, it's about a $40-50 tie, no sentimental value but it was new and a nice red, I was planning to wear it on interviews in a few weeks......so kinda bummed to let it go but probably cheaper to replace?
     
  8. mack11211

    mack11211 Senior member

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    Tiecrafters cleaning service is about 10/tie with a four tie minimum.

    Perhaps better to get another tie, and wear the stained one under a vest.
     
  9. j

    j Senior member Admin

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    well, it's about a $40-50 tie, no sentimental value but it was new and a nice red, I was planning to wear it on interviews in a few weeks......so kinda bummed to let it go but probably cheaper to replace?
    If you're going to toss it, try wetting the whole thing down (just the outer silk) and letting it dry.
     
  10. rip

    rip Active Member

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    If you're going to toss it, try wetting the whole thing down (just the outer silk) and letting it dry.
    I did that once with an expensive Davidoff tie that someone (me) had just spilled a half-glass of red wine on. The tie was a wonderful golden yellow, with periwinkle and red occasional dots and a very interesting texture, wich I do not know how to describe except as "scrunchy" . We (everyone at the dinner table, and several adjoining tables, had a different suggestion) tried daubbing with selzer with only minor success, so I just ordered a large glass of selzer, rolled up the tie and stuck the whole thing in the glass to let soak through dinner, dessert, post-prandials, etc... As the stain seemed to be gone after this, I then borrowed a cloth napkin (white) from the Maitre-D', wrapped the tie and went home, where I hung the tie to dry.

    By morning, the stain was indeed gone, the tie had dried but was kind of bunched up in places. I steamed it as best I could with a steam iron, but it finally required flat pressing which, unfortunately, flattened down the edges a bit too much, so I inserted a small round tube (actually, the cardboard off a wire pants hanger) up inside the tie and pressed the edges against this, which, amazingly, restored the soft edges of the tie. The only changes I noticed were that the tie seemed to have a slightly different texture, though at least as pleasing as the original, and was just about 1 tone darker in the gold color. This was several years ago and it is still one of my favorite and most worn ties. The only caveat is to be willing to throw the tie away if nothing works.
     
  11. demo5

    demo5 Senior member

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    If you are in NY, you can bring your tie to tiecrafters and they will do just the one for you. Otherwise, you can take it to Meurice Garment Care, who outsources their tie cleaning to tie crafters anyways. Either one of those methods will let you do one tie.
     
  12. pgoat

    pgoat Senior member

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    thanks guys

    I should do that one at tiecrafters.....I tried fixing a old tie with a wrinkle - my dad's old tie from the 60s - and I ruined it with an iron. [​IMG]
     

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