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Necktie Upkeep and Cleaning

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When it comes to neckties, you may look at them and wonder how exactly you’re supposed to care for them. Apart from untying and hanging them, you may think that there’s no way to properly clean or care for your ties. While they are certainly touchy, neckties are not as fragile as you may think, and thus they are far easier to take care of. There are numerous materials and styles of ties, but silk tends to be the most common. The thought of silk may be synonymous with fragility, but Concord Cleaners is here to assure you that you don’t have to keep your ties under glass forever. Today, we’ll take a look at some common practices involved in cleaning and prepping neckties to make sure your outfit is always tied together.

Spot Cleaning

We know accidents happen and Concord Cleaners isn’t always open when you have a stain emergency. Maybe you head to see a Cardinals game after work and indulge in a hot dog at the ballpark, only to spill mustard down the front of your tie. Maybe you have a dinner meeting and somehow wine splashes across the front of your outfit, staining your tie red. When this happens, you know that you won’t be able to get your clothes to our dry cleaners before morning, meaning you have to do what you can to keep your tie from being totally overtaken by the stain. There are several quick remedies to help remove stains from your tie before it sets, such as club soda or spot stain removers. Make sure you do not use stain removers containing bleach or other harsh chemicals, or else you may find yourself fighting to preserve the color of the tie as well as ensuring the stain does not set. Also, be wary if you are using water to over-saturate the tie stain, since water can warp and ruin the material. If you do have to use water, use it sparingly and hang the item up to dry as soon as possible.

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Steam and Gently Press

If your tie fell off the hanger or rack and has been lying on the floor of your closet, you may be looking at a tangled, wrinkled mess, but it’s the only tie that goes with the suit you’re wearing tonight. If you can’t find any other tie, you have a couple of quick fixes at your disposal to ensure you look sharp. The best option is to find a way to steam your ties, as the steam will pop the wrinkles out and give it a crisp finish. Some materials can be ironed, but often require a special set-up such as ironing through a damp cloth. Other materials, like knit or leather (yes, leather ties exist) should never be ironed for risk of damaging the material.

Dry Cleaning

Of course, the best option for cleaning any tie is to have it dry cleaned. Rather than worrying about what liquid you’re using, what the lasting effects will be, what chemicals interact poorly with the material of your tie, and similar questions, the professional dry cleaners at Concord Cleaners will ensure your neckties are returned to their best form. Even if you got to the stain before it set, the residual effects can still remain and leave an outline of a spot stain or, worst case, you only masked the stain and it will show up later on. If your tie suffered a traumatic stain experience, the best course of action is to take it to the dry cleaners. Concord Cleaners will ensure the repair and restoration of your clothes and ties instead of sending you on a shopping trip for a new favorite necktie, as well as steaming them and making them crisp and ready to wear as soon as you pick them up.

You don’t have to be overwhelmed if and when you get something on your neckties. We all get food, drink, and other miscellaneous stains on our clothes, which is why Concord Cleaners is here. No matter the stain, our dry cleaning experts are ready to repair and restore your suits and ties, wedding dresses, uniforms, and any other clothing items you need cleaned. Don’t be shy, stop by one of our three St. Louis locations and see what makes us the best dry cleaners in the business.