When it comes to stains while on the job, one could argue no other garment gets more abuse than the necktie. Despite our best attempts, gentlemen, ties can be subjected to an inordinate amount of abuse relative to other clothing one may encounter during a workday (unless you’re business casual). Add to that the sometimes expensive fabric and ornate designs, ties can have a relatively short life expectancy.
With all that said, here are some tips to help you prolong the life of your tie.
Construction is important.
- Know what fabric is used.
- Know if the dyes can withstand treatment.
- Remember to blot the stain, not rub.
- Know how the tie is cut in order to prevent warping after cleaning (more on this, see paragraph below).
Ultimately, having a professional dry cleaner handle your tie is best. We have special tools and techniques to ensure the necktie returns to a like-new appearance without distortion (see item 4 above). Additionally, it may be necessary to take the necktie apart- especially if it is composed of several layers. Also, some items do not come with care instructions. Most cleaners regularly receive items like this. It is more reliable and safer for the garment if handled by an experienced technician.