As an important accessory in every gentleman’s wardrobe, neckties require the same care as any other type of apparel. Accidents will happen and it can be important to know how to care for neckties properly. Often, neckties do not require cleaning until they encounter a spill or they become soiled.
Cleaning a necktie presents challenges even to the most experienced
drycleaner. The fabric is often a multi-colored print that is usually
colorfast to drycleaning but not to water. As a result, stain removal may
involve carefully testing each color for colorfastness. If the dyes bleed
too easily, a cleaner may choose not to attempt removal of stains that are
not removed in drycleaning.
Several layers are used to construct a necktie, and a cleaner may need to
take the tie apart in order to remove a stain.
Otherwise, moisture may be retained in the thicker, interfaced areas, which may contribute to dye bleeding and migration.
Because the fabric is usually cut on the bias or diagonal grain, neckties
may also be susceptible to distortion during wear and cleaning. We employ a variety of special tools and techniques to return the necktie to a like-new appearance without causing distortion.
Please exercise caution when attempting home stain removal on neckties.
Remember to blot the stain- do not rub. Rubbing the area while damp may break the surface yarns, resulting in localized color loss that may not
become apparent until the tie is needed for an important meeting.
Serviceability and cleanability of neckties depends on the materials used
in their construction. If the fabrics or dyes cannot withstand normal use
or care, serviceability becomes very limited.