How To Clean Silk Ties Without Potentially Damaging Them

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You have to be very careful around food when wearing a silk tie. There are a few tips to remember when cleaning up silk ties.

Different clubs have their own way of symbolising and defining themselves for a separate identity. Many might agree that it is important for a club to distinguish itself from other clubs, especially if they are of the same hobby or theme.

Like for example if we only have two clubs for sports car racing enthusiasts, how will non-members tell one from the other? If there is nothing unique about the two clubs, then they might as well just merge and become one club.

Often though many club chairmen do not find that a good option, maybe because they might clash with the administration of the other club. People form their own clubs for a reason and all the effort may just go to waste if they end up merging with another club.

That is why insignias, logos, emblems and maybe even a specific club colour are important so they have a symbol that stands exclusively for them. It should be a symbol that no other club has.

Club TiesTo most clubs their insignias are their pride and glory, so they try to display them in any way they can, to establish their name. They place them on pins, on shirts, on banners, and sometimes they even order their own club ties for their members to wear.

Since clubs are usually very sophisticated and fancy they deserve to have the most desirable fabric for club ties, which is silk. While silk really does suit the classy look of a certain club, they can be very delicate and get damaged very easily.

You and your members might usually wear the ties to a club function, which most of the time has food that can threaten your silk tie with stains. You have to be very careful around food when wearing a silk tie. However, if a stain does occur, here are a few tips to remember so you can still save your tie:

Water may clean off anything else, but certainly not stains on a silk tie. In fact, the worst thing you can do with a silk tie is to accidentally get it wet. As I quote from an article I read, “Water and silk ties do not mix”. When a stain occurs use a clean, dry cloth to remove chunks of food or excess liquid and wait until you go home to properly clean it. Do not, I repeat, do not use water.

Rubbing alcohol or isopropyl alcohol is a good way to remove stains your tie got from non-greasy foods or liquids like drinks. Before you decide to use a rubbing alcohol, you have to make sure that you have a hair dryer nearby or something similar. Improperly using this method on a tie may leave a ring like stain behind. If you happen to have the needed objects, here is what you do:

1) Dampen a piece of cloth with the rubbing alcohol and use it to blot the stain.

2) Blot until the stain is removed and immediately dry it with the hair dryer.

3) Repeat this process for stains that are more stubborn and will not easily come off.

Talcum powder is best for food stains that are greasy, which is slightly trickier to remove. Here is what you do:

1) Use a clean cloth to blot excess food until only the grease stain is left.

2) Lay a towel on a flat surface and place your tie on that towel.

3) Sprinkle the talcum powder on the stain and leave it there overnight to allow the grease to be absorbed.

4) The following morning use a clean, dry cloth to remove the powder. If the stain has not been completely removed yet, repeat the process.

Removing stains may be a bit of a hassle but it is better than having a stained or ruined silk tie. To prevent getting food stains on the tie, it might be a good idea to use tie pins that keep the tie in place.