Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Take Care of Your Neckties

By Jonas Hanks

An important part of selecting a necktie is to get the right fabric. Silk and polyester are the most common necktie fabrics. Each material has different benefits. The various fabrics have different needs in terms of storing and cleaning the ties.

The top reasons to wear a silk tie are for its looks and versatility. Because silk is higher in quality than polyester, it tends to be more popular and also more expensive. Silk allows for a wide variety of knots due to its suppleness. The main drawback of silk is that it wrinkles very easily. It can also be difficult to keep looking clean. It is important to handle and wear silk ties very carefully, because they can lose their shape very easily.

Polyester or microfiber ties are quite durable. They can remain looking new, even after significant use. They are therefore easier to store, since they do not wrinkle as easily as silk. The drawback is that they don't always look good when tied in larger knots. This is due to the fact that most polyester ties are thicker and less flexible than silk ties. Polyester neckties lay down flat and resist spots more than silk.

There are a few things to keep in mind when storing a tie, whether it is silk, polyester, or another fabric. It is always advisable to avoid folding the tie. A fold can turn into a crease that is difficult to remove. When traveling it is best to roll ties loosely and place them where they will not be crushed. When storing ties at home, it is usually best to hang them on a rack with thick, padded bars. This will minimize creases.

The majority of neckties are dry clean only. A limited number of ties can be washed by hand or machine, but they are the exception to the rule. To remove minor stains, apply a small amount of club soda to a washcloth. Dab the cloth to the area of the stain, being careful not to rub the fabric. If this technique is not effective, take your tie to a dry cleaner.

About the Author:

No comments: