Category: Necktie Maintenance

How To Keep Your Neck Ties In Great Shape

Getting ready for a social function, you realize your blue-green plaid neck tie would be the perfect complement with your light green dress shirt. You hunt for it in your closet, only to see that it has fallen victim to the carpet floor and has developed some creases! Oh the horror. You realize the unfortunate situation has taught you one important lesson: Keep your ties well-maintained and organized! Although, most of us don’t own a tie rack to keep our neck ties in tip-top condition, we’re here to offer you tips so you won’t be stuck in that horrid situation ever again.

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Untying the tie

As soon as you get off work, the first thing that you would love to do is take off your tie and throw it on a chair so you can relax. However, if you could take an extra minute to accomplish this procedure it will make all the difference. A few things to remember:

  • Never pull the thin part out of the knot when removing the tie
  • Never leave the knot in the tie when not in use because it will create a permanent crease
  • Always remove the tie by following tie-tying steps in reverse

Storing the tie

Once you are done with removing your tie, make sure that you hang it up. It will make the creases fall out and you will notice a reduction in the wrinkles of the tie. You should never leave your tie at the back of the chair or rolled up in a drawer. You can invest in a tie rack like Aidan here to ensure you ties last for a long time!

Packing the tie

When you are away from home on business, sometimes it’s better to take multiple ties along for your business trip. When packing up your tie, you should carefully roll it. Yes, it’s acceptable to roll a tie when traveling because you will be utilizing the tie very soon. Start rolling the tie from the small end and then you can secure the tie in a zip lock bag. In order to keep them safe and sound during the entire journey you can even place them carefully in your shoes.

Cleaning the tie

Even a small stain on the tie will reduce its elegance. However, you should only clean your tie when it is dirty and not after every time you wear it. Just stay attentive of the fabric from which your time has been made and you’ll keep looking spiffy.

During the cleaning process, be sure to be extremely careful. Your tie’s ability to last depends on how carefully you handle it while washing. Your tie should be hand washed or dry cleaned, despite the material from which it has been made. For more advice on cleaning, visit our blog here.

Remove wrinkles from the tie

Ironing the tie can damage its looks. So for the easy wrinkles, you can hang your tie in the bathroom while you are taking a hot shower. On the other hand, when the wrinkles get stubborn you can buy the steamer and make your tie look as good as new.

In order to keep your tie from unwanted food stains, you can use the tie tacks. However, they might leave a hole in your tie. To avoid these holes, apply the tie tacks through the shirt. Use these tips to elongate the life of your tie, and continue to look spiffy!

How to Prevent and Remove Wrinkles on a Tie

Get rid of wrinkles on your tie!

Neckties are a very important part of every man’s wardrobe. A great looking tie will go a long way in order to make an impressionable statement. Ties have been there for the longest of time and even after centuries since they were first used, their popularity has nothing but increased.

Wearing the right tie has its benefits and it can do great wonders in making a man’s attire go from a very simple look to a very sophisticated one. One knot can do that, yes you heard it right.

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However, when it comes to ties, it is important that one tries its best to prevent and remove all sorts of wrinkles on it. No tie looks good with wrinkles and crumbles so it is always better to make sure that you avoid this at all costs.

Taking Care Of Your Necktie

Just as in the case of everything else that is there in your wardrobe, the life of the necktie depends on how well you are taking care of it. With neckties, your first and foremost enemy is wrinkles. However, you can always take the right precautionary measures in order to make sure that you remove them from your tie.

An easy lesson for removing wrinkles on your necktie is the following:

Firstly, it is better that you prevent your tie from getting wrinkles. Prevention is the best cure and with neckties, there is a lot you can do in order to prevent creases and wrinkles.

Some tips for doing so have been mentioned below:

  • Don’t use the same necktie twice in a row: For starters, make sure that you are not wearing the same necktie two days in a row. It is always better to give your neckties a good rest every now and then. Therefore, make sure you get more than one tie so that you can give each a rest between different periods.
  • Take care of the necktie after using it: You should also try to keep your necktie intact right after you use it. There are some people who just pull down the necktie knot from the collar and forget to take it off. It is advisable to not do this if you want to make sure that your necktie lasts a long time
  • Putting the necktie away: Neckties have to be put away right if you want to ensure they last long and withstand the test of time and fate. There are two ways through which you can properly store your neck tie. The first is to hang it on a coat hanger or choose it to place it over the rot in the closet. You can even go for a rack that is designed to hold the neck ties. Putting your necktie away rightly will ensure that it remains its true self and does not get any extra creases.

Even if you get wrinkles on your necktie, don’t worry because you can get rid of them.
For minor wrinkles, it is better for you to leave the necktie on the rack overnight as the wrinkles will fall off on their own.

On the other hand, if you get serious wrinkles, go for steaming as it will help in removing these wrinkles. If you happen to have a garment steamer, hang the neck tie on a hanger to remove the wrinkles. You can even use a traditional flat iron to take care of the necktie. However, make sure that the flat iron doesn’t touch the necktie as it will burn it.

Neckties are fashionable but it is also important that you take care of them well. Some important tips for taking care of your necktie have been discussed above.

How to Match Your Necktie to the Season

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For those who are particular about how they look and present themselves in front of others; should primarily draw their attention towards dressing elegantly. Elegance and charm become a part of you when you dress properly.

For men who want to steal the audience, just by their presence, should start with their appearance. Now men listen! It looks good when you are wearing formals or maybe corporate suits to office but what matters is that your combinations look good. It might be the case that you are wearing a nice looking tie or shirt but when both wore together, might turn out to be a big NO- NO.

So a safe play would be to simply walk with the SEASON.

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Summer Season
With all the heat out there you would want to wear something light so that you do not absorb all the heat which would make you burst… Oops! So it is better if you wear a light colored shirt but this does not mean the color needs to be dull. Like, you can wear the color purple but it can be light in color- the lightness depends on the tint you prefer to go with. This is easy! You probably know this. But what can be tricky is the TIE! So if you are wearing a plain purple shirt, combine it with a dark purple tie. Or if you do not want it All Plain, then you can wear a patterned tie with it but it should be dark in color. Besides the color trouble, the other issue can be of what tie material should I carry? So most preferably silk that is wore year-around; other materials can be cotton and linen. Linen is preferable for hot days.

Winter Season
In winters it’s harder to stick to combinations because of the cold that tries to pull you down by wearing whatever can keep you warm. But, you can fight it. In winters dark colors are preferable to wear with light colored ties or pattern ties or polka dot ties with plain shirts or patterned shirts. If you want to wear pattern on pattern then wear opposing patterns like a wide patterned or plain shirt with a narrow patterned raw/knit sill, cashmere or wool tie.

But, I think it is fine if you want to wear a light colored shirt, just remember a dark colored tie or if you wear a dark shirt then wear a light colored tie or a darker colored tie than that of your shirt.

So wear a tie color that combines well with your shirt color in the respective seasons along with the right cloth materials. Because the two things that can be pinching are colors and the material of the cloth. Colors have the tendency to either absorb or radiate heat. So wearing dark colors would help you stay warm in winters and wearing light colors in summers will help you stay cool. Similarly, cotton or linen are materials that absorb the least amount of heat, in comparison to materials like, wool or raw silk.

Here’s How You Should Clean a Tie!

Spilling something on your favorite tie is almost as painful as the time I thought using bleach on all my clothes was a good idea. Ended up with white blotches on nearly all my favorite shirts and pants. RIP, my favorite dark gray shirt. I say “almost” because there are ways to clean your tie. It’s not hopeless! So stop regretting (unless you bleached your clothes–then you can weep) and learn to clean your tie easily with the three simple tips!

1. Oil Stain

This stain is probably among the most common ones. Sometimes you get some grease on your hands, and you accidentally get it on your tie. No worries, though. Simply rub the stain with a paper towel, as much as possible to get out the oil deposit. Then you’ll need to spread corn starch directly on to the stain, and let it absorb the oil overnight. Brush it off in the morning, and voila! It’s gone!

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2. Food Stain

Another common evil, from the villainous world of stains. Being careless sometimes myself, I’ve gotten my tie in a bowl a soup, on my burger and fries, and even on some chow fun noodles. Ah, if only I remember to tuck in my tie every time to I go out to eat. It’s just that sometimes I don’t have the energy from a tough day of work. But no worries, I’ve mastered the art of cleaning a stained tie. Here’s what you’ll need to do:

First, do not attempt to wipe it off with your hands. Use a butter knife, so that you don’t dab it into the fabric. Take a napkin and soak it in club soda. Now gently dab the napkin on to the stain. Then you must dry the fabric afterwards, to avoid and residual liquid stains.

The same technique will also prove useful against sauce stains. Sauces usually splash and may end up on your tie. No worries, now you’ll know how to fix it when the problem arises.

3. Wine

Now there are different types of wines, which require different types of treatment. So, let’s start with how to treat a red wine stain.

If you’ve got a red wine stain, you should treat it with table salt. Be generous and spread the salt out evenly on the stain. The salt will soak all the wine and you will be able to clean off the stain.

For White wine, you should simply head to the washroom and dry the tie under the hand-dryer. It may remove the stain completely, if not, you can take the tie to the dry-cleaning shop.

4. Coffee, Cola etc.

Now these are common stains as well. For stains occurring from cola drinks, coffee or any other liquors with amber color, you may dab it with a napkin dipped in club soda and liquid soap. Just use the regular soap from your home. Proceed to dry the tie. That should do the trick!

Daily Maintenance

Cleaning off your tie stains is one thing, but taking proper care of your tie is also imperative. When you head in after a tough day at work, don’t just grab and pull your tie off. You may ruin the tie’s fabric and its shape. Wash your hands, take off the tie properly and hang it in a suited place. You should consider visiting the dry-cleaning place once or twice a month for your ties. Remember, a true Spiffster keeps his ties in tip-top shape!

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