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Tie Cleaning Question

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by KevinR, Mar 21, 2005.

  1. KevinR

    KevinR Well-Known Member

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    Hey All,
    This maybe a simple question but here it goes.
    What would be the best way to get a little spot of salad oil off of a silk tie?

    Best just to dry clean or what?
     


  2. Carlo

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    There is a device called a Janie stick - I think it is just talc. You can get one at most sewing shops.

    You rub a bit into the spot, allow it to sit overnight and then brush off the powder with the grease locked in it (theoretically)

    If two renditions of this do not work a dry cleaner is the last resort... unless we are talking a very special tie of great monetary/sentimental value. If the latter there are firms who will deconstruct it, wash it and then reconstruct it.

    If the dry cleaner fails and it is not of great value? Scissors
     


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    KevinR Well-Known Member

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    Thanks guys.

    I think I will try the method described by Carlo, only with a little Oxyclean and see what happens. Then try the old dry cleaners.
     


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    If you end up taking it to the cleaners, make sure that they do not press the front of the tie. Rather, they should blow steam from back of the tie. If the tie is pressed from the front it will undoubtedly acquire a crease running vertically down the front of the tie, where the silk is folded in the back, and an impression of the label and/or self-holder as well.
     


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    retronotmetro Distinguished Member

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    I would not let Oxyclean anywhere near a good tie. Too much chance of bleaching. Get a Janie stick or try the same trick with cornstarch.
     


  7. AskAndyAboutClothes

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    Kevin R: from The Encyclopedia of Men's Clothes: How to deal with the dreaded necktie stain. In an emergency, baby powder can absorb some oils, sprinkle it on let it sit and brush it off. (If you carry baby powder with you.) You can also daub the spot with a section from the inside of the narrow end of the tie (but then you may have two stains to deal with.). For home necktie cleaning you can use a solvent such as Energine Cleaning Fluid. If you can, put a cloth or paper towel between the stain and the lining. Moisten a soft white cloth with the fluid and blot the stain. Once the stain is removed use your blow dryer on the area so that a ring doesn't form. Best to find a drycleaner that specializes in ties. Most will clean the fabric then press it flat taking out the gentle roll at the sides. Here are two famous tie dry cleaners who may take mail-in business. Tiecrafters, 252 W. 29th St., New York City, NY 212-629-5800 www.tieclean.com Movieland Tie Service, 8170 W. 3rd St. LA, CA 213-653-0866 I'd get the tie to a good dry cleaner who specializes in ties. Andy
     


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    NO NO NO NO on the Oxyclean. If the silk is good then it is vegetable dyed and using an oxidant on an organic dye will have a lasting effect. At least test this on the back end somewhere in case it bleaches.

    You do not want to use water unless other methods first fail - Liquids spread oil around.
     


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    I'll second the recommendation for Tiecrafters - they are very good (if not the best) for ties. Panzer
     


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