I don't mind taking silk ties to the drycleaner; it only happens now and then (not bad for a husband who wears a tie 6 days a week), so $5 to have a tie cleaned is good value in my view. Unless the 'now and then' turns into 5 or 6 ties at once. Shannon Lush (author of the fabulous stain removal book 'Spotless') has a fantastic alternative to professionally dry cleaning silk ties. I discovered it on this radio interview. Shannon is a guru in Australia when it comes to stain removal. I thought that I would put her advice to the test (because if it didn't work I could still take them to the dry cleaner!).
So here are some of the ties that will be taking part in my DIY cleaning trial.
|Most of the ties had small spot stains on them.|
|Except this one. These grease stains appeared after the tie was loaned to a friend who enjoyed a kebab while wearing it. A kebab that must have been very juicy!|
This is what Shannon recommends:
- Buy a bottle of cheap shampoo (the cheaper the better - go for a non branded product - to ensure that it contains little or no fruit oils).
- Wash the tie in a solution of shampoo (just a little bit of shampoo!) and blood temperature water. If the tie has spot stains, dab a little shampoo on it and rub the stain.
- Rinse the tie in blood heat water (the same temperature as it was washed in). This is the most important part - test the water temperature on the inside of your wrist. If you use cold water, the change in temperature can make the tie go wrinkly.
- Lay it flat on a towel in the shade to dry (not in the wind - it will wrinkle!).
|I laid my clean ties on a bath towel inside.|
Look at how beautifully these ties cleaned up!
|Look at that - no kebab juice!|
If you need to iron the tie, put a clean cloth between the iron and the tie. I gave each of the ties I washed a gentle iron underneath a piece of white cloth.
Shannon highly recommends spraying silk ties with Scotchguard. Any food can then be wiped off with a paper towel.
I am impressed with the results. Cleaning silk ties at home is simple and easy!