Cleaning Silk Ties

by April Reinhardt
(last updated August 31, 2015)

If, during Christmas dinner, Dad spills gravy on the silk tie you just gave him as a Christmas present, don't despair! While some subscribe to the axiom of never cleaning a silk tie and, instead, replacing it, you can clean a silk tie following these easy tips:

  • Act immediately. Don't allow the foodstuff to linger on the tie. With a moist cloth, dab the food away from the fabric.
  • If a grease stain remains, lay the tie flat on a towel and shake talcum powder onto the stain liberally.
  • Roll the tie inside of the towel and allow it to sit overnight. The talc will absorb the grease and now you can wash the tie.
  • Fill a bowl or small sink with lukewarm water and add a few drops of Woolite or baby shampoo.
  • If you have iron in your water or you have hard water, add a tablespoon of borax.
  • Use your fingers or a whisk to agitate the water until you see suds.
  • Place the tie into the water and gently agitate it with your hand for no more than three minutes.
  • Check the tie to make sure that it is clean and then lay it flat on a thick, clean, dry towel.
  • Roll the tie inside of the towel and allow it to sit overnight.
  • The next day, remove the tie from the towel and then lay it flat onto another dry towel. Allow the tie to sit for two days and any puckering caused by the water will disappear. Next time that Dad wears his silk tie to dinner, tell him to throw the tie over his shoulder to avoid spilling food onto the tie.

    If the method above doesn't work to remove stains from a silk tie, visit your local dry cleaner and have the tie dry cleaned.

Author Bio

April Reinhardt

An admin­istrator for a mutual fund man­age­ment firm, April deals with the writ­ten word daily. She loves to write and plans to author a memoir in the near future. April attend­ed More­head State Uni­ver­sity to pursue a BA degree in Ele­men­tary Edu­ca­tion. ...

MORE FROM APRIL

Cleaning Composite Decking

While composite decking has advantages over wood decking such as low maintenance and competitive pricing, you still need ...

Discover More

Cleaning Plasma TV Screens

Although some people confuse a liquid crystal display (LCD) with a PDP (plasma display panel), both types of display are ...

Discover More

Wearing an Easter Bonnet with Style

Wearing an Easter bonnet or hat for Easter is back in fashion again! And while many department stores have Easter hats ...

Discover More

Keep Your Hardwood Floors Like New Bona's hardwood floor cleaner is the #1 choice of professionals. The no-residue formula is specially designed to be safe for floors, families, and the environment. Check out Bona Hardwood Floor Cleaner Refill today!

More Cleaning Tips

Wedding Dress Cleaning

Do you want your wedding dress to look as good as it did the day you were married? Different fabrics and dresses require ...

Discover More

Removing Stubborn Creases

Some creases are just impossible to get out with the iron and it can be so frustrating. Fortunately there are ways to ...

Discover More

Removing Ink Stains from Silk Clothing

It happens. Pens leak and ink spills. Anyone who has ever opened a backpack or briefcase to find a broken or leaky pen ...

Discover More
Subscribe

FREE SERVICE: Get tips like this every week in Cleaning Tips from Tips.Net. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

View most recent newsletter.

Comments

If you would like to add an image to your comment (not an avatar, but an image to help in making the point of your comment), include the characters [{fig}] in your comment text. You’ll be prompted to upload your image when you submit the comment. Maximum image size is 6Mpixels. Images larger than 600px wide or 1000px tall will be reduced. Up to three images may be included in a comment. All images are subject to review. Commenting privileges may be curtailed if inappropriate images are posted.

What is five minus 4?

There are currently no comments for this tip. (Be the first to leave your comment—just use the simple form above!)


Newest Tips
Subscribe

FREE SERVICE: Get tips like this every week in Cleaning Tips from Tips.Net. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

(Your e-mail address is not shared with anyone, ever.)

View the most recent newsletter.