A necktie is often made of a delicate fabric that requires special treatment but is one of the most often stained and mistreated items in a wardrobe. Ties are expensive so you’ll want to do your best to keep them looking great and lasting longer.
Some ties are pretreated with a stain-blocking finish; however, a stain is almost inevitable. When the drip happens, dip a clean white napkin into club soda and dab away the stain. Do not press hard or you will rub the stain deeper into the fabric. If the stain is greasy, use talcum powder, foot powder or baking soda to absorb the excess oil. This will make additional cleaning more productive.
If your tie is silk, dry cleaning is the preferred cleaning method and preserves the glossy and smooth finish of silk. Ask that the tie be hand-pressed because the pressing methods are too severe to maintain the rounded edges of the tie. If pressed too hard, the fibers will actually break and you’ll have frayed edges.
If you choose to hand wash or use a home dry cleaning kit and stains are present, carefully use a pre-treat on the stain and then hand wash.