How to Clean a Bow Tie

by Claire Bush ; Updated September 28, 2017

How to Clean a Bow Tie

Maybe you only wear bow ties for special occasions, like a wedding or black tie event. Or, maybe you are one of the special few who wear a bow tie along with a silk pocket square to showcase your dapper side.In any event, the time will come when that tie will become blotched and stained. Here's what to do when your bow tie becomes tarnished.

Items you will need

  • Ever Blum Cosmetic Stain Cleaner
  • Shout Wipes
Step 1

No matter what the stain was (food, make-up, cocktails, motor oil, or cooking grease.), don't use water to remove stain. Dab with a clean paper towel or rag instead.

Step 2

When you've removed as much of the stain as you can, dab a little Ever Blum on the spot with a clean rag or paper towel. Ever Blum used to only be available to professional dry cleaners; now you can order it online at or on ebay. It's about $10 a can.

Step 3

Try Shout wipes, as an alternative.

Step 4

Let it air dry. For stubborn spots, take it to a professional dry cleaner.

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About the Author

Claire Bush is a freelance writer and author of "Dining in Arizona - 101 Great Places to Eat (Primer Publishers, 2005). She is a regular contributor to the Arizona Republic and is a working chef in Sun City, Arizona.