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 dry cleaner. The fabric is often a multi-color print that is usually colorfast to dry cleaning 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 dry cleaning.
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. At BRYAN’S Cleaners & Laundry, 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 depend on the materials used in their construction. If the fabrics or dyes cannot withstand normal use or care, serviceability becomes very limited.