We all have those silk ties that we’ve maybe been gifted and wear reluctantly, or that we splurged out on when we found out that we’d got that job that shaves 20 minutes off your commute. But don’t you find that after a while they go distorted and permanently creased; pushed to the back of the wardrobe because we can’t bring ourselves to throw away something that is a thing of beauty. And I suppose we all have a back up AC/DC Halloween costume in us. Wouldn’t it be great if someone told us how to look after something to be cherished and not, essentially, flush money down the toilet time and time again?
Well, the great people at unique handmade company DarbyMade have compiled this rather handy, easy to follow list that will make sure that never have to cry yourself to sleep knowing that you’ve thrown away something potentially one of a kind. So without further ado, allow someone else to do the job for us!
HOW TO – Untie Them
- The most important thing to remember is never leave the tie knotted when not in use. This will create permanent creases that will leave it looking dishevelled and limp.
- Always untie your tie knot by reversing the method used to tie it. This takes longer, but continually pulling the small tail blade through the knot will pull the silk out of shape.
HOW TO – Store Them
- Roll times from the small tip first and keep the fury very loose to avoid creasing.
- Hanging takes up less space and is better for silk ties as it allows gravity to act on the natural fibres and gently pull out any wrinkles.
- As a natural fibre, silk will fade and eventually be damaged by exposure to sunlight, so however you choose to store your silk tie, ensure it’s in a cool, dark place like a wardrobe.
HOW TO – Pack Them
- A more practical method is to fold the tie gently into four and carefully placed it in another piece of luggage, such as the inside pocket of your suit jacket, or inside your shoes.
- When you arrive at your destination, remove your tie and let it hang overnight before wearing to allow any wrinkles to relax.
HOW TO – Remove Wrinkles
- To remove stubborn wrinkles DarbyMade highly recommend you get a small hand steamer and gently steam away the wrinkles. Alternatively, hang the tie in the bathroom whilst you shower so the steam created can help the fibres relax.
- Avoid ironing neckties as irons are likely to scorch or discolour silk ties. If you must iron your tie, place a towel beneath it, cover it with a slightly damp towel and use the lowest temperature setting on your iron. Allow the towels to dry before lifting them from the silk tie.
HOW TO – Clean Them
- Remember to always blot or dab a stain, never rub it as this will just spread the stain over more of the tie.
- Remove water based stains immediately by dipping a clean cloth in a little sparkling water or tonic water and use it to gently dab away what you can.
- For grease or oil stains, use a little talcum powder or corn-starch on it as soon as possible. Leave it overnight to absorb as much of the stain as possible before carefully brushing it off with a clean, soft cloth. Depending on your stain, you may need to repeat this process once or twice.
- For series stains, you’ll need to take a trip to the dry cleaners.’ We recommend specifically asking them to use the gentlest chemicals they have. Also note that dry cleaners typically press ties flat using steaming machines. To preserve those rolled edges, always remember them to hand press the neck tie.
There we go! Isn’t that lovely? Aren’t they just the biggest bunch of babes you’ve ever met?
You can see more about DarbyMade, and also have a gander at their LOVELY LOOKING hand made silk ties here.