As an important accessory in every gentleman’s wardrobe, neckties require the same care as any other type of apparel. Accidents will happen, and it can be important to know how to care for neckties properly. Often, neckties do not require cleaning until they encounter a spill or they become soiled.
Cleaning a necktie presents challenges even to the most experienced dry cleaner. These are the top concerns you’ll need to consider:
The fabric of a tie is often a multi color print that bleeds when washing but not in dry cleaning. As a result, stain removal involves carefully testing each separate color for colorfastness. You’ll need to treat each stain separately and ensure the dies are not bleeding before moving on
Layers of the Tie
Several layers are used to construct a necktie, and you may need to take the tie apart in order to remove a stain. Otherwise, moisture may be retained in the thicker, interfaced areas, which may contribute to dye bleeding and migration. Because the fabric is usually cut on the bias or diagonal grain, neckties may also be susceptible to distortion during wear and cleaning. Professional cleaners like Sage Cleaners employ a variety of special tools and techniques to return the necktie to a like-new appearance without causing distortion of the shape of the tie. Please exercise caution when attempting home stain removal on neckties.
Blot, Don’t Rub
Remember to blot the stain; do not rub. Rubbing the area while damp may break the surface yarns, resulting in localized color loss that may not become apparent until the tie is needed for an important meeting. Serviceability and clean-ability of neckties depends on the materials used in their construction. If the fabrics or dyes cannot withstand normal use or care, serviceability becomes very limited.
Sage Cleaners is Tampa’s premier dry-cleaning establishment. Louis D’Autorio is Chief Operating Officer for Sage. Our commitment to quality is second to none. Sage Cleaners is a proud member of the Dry-cleaning & Laundry Institute (www.DLIonline.org). Sage Cleaners is also a Certified Environmental Dry Cleaner, Certified Professional Dry Cleaner, Certified Professional Wet Cleaner.
Sage also maintains its Garment Care Professional Certification through the Dry Cleaning and Laundry Institute.