Proper Tie Care
When it comes to tie care, we at 2tieatie.com know just what you know. Who cares for their ties? We made this site for the same reason that you're coming here. You need tips on ties. Properly caring for your tie will make it last much longer than it otherwise would and, believe it or not, proper care is relatively simple. It involves only a few things.
Humidity. Especially for silk ties, extended humidity is killer. Be sure to store your tie in a cool, relatively dry place. Closets and wardrobes sometimes fall victim to the moisture associated with dirty clothes. If you live someplace especially humid, consider investing in a dehumidifier. We aren't talking about any complicated technology, either. If you go to your local supermarket and browse through the cleaning supplies, you ought to be able to find something by the air freshener. It's usually a plastic box with a chemical inside that attracts water. They cost around six dollars and last for a couple of months.
Storage. Storing your ties involves hanging them. Invest in a tie hanger made especially for that purpose or take a standard wire coat hanger and bend it inward at two equidistant points on the long, bottom side and also on the middle of the angled sides. This should form a makeshift tie hanger with four notches you can drape your ties over. Throwing your tie on the floor makes it look like you're wearing carpet. Folding it and putting it in a drawer makes it look like you never wear a tie-those creases get persistent. When you travel, try to lay the tie flat and doubled over or else loosely roll it up. Some tie experts recommend that you always store your tie rolled up; if you do, make sure that it is loosely rolled. When hanging your tie, be sure to unknot it first. The slight crease that sometimes comes from a tie hanger is far preferable to the messy tangle that is left when your tie doesn't get a chance to breathe.
Cleaning. For cleaning your tie, polyester can be done on your own (see our tie cleaning article
). Silk generally ought to be kept clean; cleaning a silk tie is an involved process that we have carefully
[link to cleaning silk tie article] for your benefit as well. If you opt to dry clean your silk tie, recognize that the carefully rounded edges will probably get pressed flat. Hanging your tie in the bathroom while you shower allows it to receive a little bit of life, often eliminating some of the creases (and doing half of the job of the dry cleaner). Be sure not to immediately trap the tie in a closet or wardrobe after its "shower," however. A little mist makes the fabric sparkle; a little mist rolled up and trapped in a sock drawer makes it mildew.
Tying. Tying your tie ought to be a delicate process. If you're in a hurry, it can still be delicate. Don't crank on the poor thing so hard to wrench it in place. Tug gently until the knot is snug, but not so tight that it will leave permanent creases. When you untie your tie, hang it up and let it air out a little. The shower trick works here, too. Even ironing your tie is acceptable, as long as you're careful not to press too flat. Iron on the lowest setting to remove creases and try to keep the ironing focused on the area that gets knotted or wrapped around your neck. Granted, that's a cheap way to hide a possibly flattened edge, but it beats the wrinkled look of an overloved silk tie.
Proper tie care makes your tie last much longer, saving you money and keeping your fashion at its peak. Who knows? If you care for your tie well enough, it might go from being in style, to retro, to stylish again, all without having to buy another tie. We think that's pretty classy.