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How to Clean Polyester Neckties

by Kimbry Parker

Whether you've got a date that can't wait with the girl you've been eyeing for months, or one of the most important business meetings of your career, make sure your necktie is squeaky clean along with the rest of your ensemble. Even if you take your suit to the dry cleaner, you can keep your polyester necktie at home to give it a good washing. Unlike your delicate silk ties, polyester is more durable and doesn't need as much babying when it comes to cleaning. Save on your dry cleaning bill and use the extra cash to impress your date -- or your colleagues -- instead.

Dampen a clean rag with club soda and use it to gently dab any stains that you may need to remove from your polyester necktie. Do not rub, as that will grind the stain further into the fabric.

Fill a clean sink with lukewarm water and add about a tablespoon of laundry detergent to the water and mix it up.

Put the polyester necktie into the water and swirl it around with your hands.

Let the necktie soak for 10 to 15 minutes. Remove the tie and discard the soapy water from the sink.

Fill the sink with clean lukewarm water. Put the tie in the clean water and swirl it around to rinse away the soap residue. Continue draining the water and refilling it with clean water to rinse the tie until no more soap is on the fabric.

Squeeze the tie gently to remove excess water. Hang the tie on a drying rack, clothes hanger or clothesline to air-dry.

Items you will need
  • Clean cloth
  • Club soda
  • 1 tablespoon laundry detergent
  • Drying rack, clothes hanger or clothesline

Warnings

  • Always be sure to check for any care-label instructions before you use any water or laundry detergent on your necktie.
  • Do not iron your tie before getting the stains out of the fabric as the heat of the iron will set the stains permanently.
  • Don’t use bleach when cleaning a polyester tie, even it’s light-colored or white -- the bleach can turn the fabric yellow.
  • Test the soapy water on an inconspicuous area of the tie before submerging the tie in the solution. Dip a cotton swab into the detergent you’re using and dab it onto a hidden area of the tie. Wait five to 10 minutes, then check to see if there are any changes in color.

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