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Can I Dry Clean my Tie?


A suit or tuxedo really comes together with a tie or a bow tie, especially if it's made of high quality fabric. Adding a tie can give a suit an entirely different look based on the color and texture of the fabric chosen. So what happens if you have a spill like food or juice? Is it something that you can clean at home? Below, we will take a closer look at while it's best to dry clean.


Dry clean tie

Absolutely, and honestly, dry cleaning is the best option for removing any stains. If the suit or bow tie is high quality it's probably made of fabrics and materials that do not respond well to water. Fabrics, such as silk, should always be dry cleaned. When using water to clean silk the fabric has a tendency to stretch and shrink. Additionally, water can cause certain dyes used in silk garments to run or discolor resulting in damage.


Unlike a traditional washing machine at home that uses water, dry cleaning does not use water as the main solvent. Instead, a petroleum based chemicals used in the process. This is because several materials respond better to the chemical. When a tie is dry cleaned the solvent is applied to clean it.

Once the ties cleaned the solvents then extracted to become used again on other materials. Then, it's dried and pressed pressed and ready for the customer to take home. The cleaning process is more gentle and will keep your high quality suit ties looking sharp.


The first thing is to check the manufacture's tag on the tie. If it's a dry clean only item it's best to take it to a professional dry cleaner to attend to the stain. In the immediate time frame be sure to blot the stain to remove any excess liquid from the tie. It's important to always blot with a clean, white towel or napkin. Blotting will contain the stain whereas wiping or rubbing can cause the stain to spread or move deeper into the fabric. Be sure to use a white towel to prevent any colors from spreading from the towel to the tie. The most important factor for removing a stain from delicate materials is time. Make sure to get it dry cleaned as quickly as possible. The less time the stain has to sit on the tie the better the chance of successfully removing the stain.

Contact Red Hanger For Stain Removal

Have a stain? Confusion over tags? Contact Red Hanger and we'd be happy to help out! Don't forget, we offer FREE scheduled pickup and drop off services! And, be sure to check out our blog post "Top 3 Tips For Buying Business Clothing" to learn more about what pairs perfectly with a tie.


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