How to Remove a Stain from a Silk Tie

How to Remove a Stain from a Silk Tie

Everyone knows the first rule of dealing with a pesky stain... blot - don’t rub! While that rule is key for pretty much all textiles, certain delicate fabrics require more complex steps for cleaning and care.

If you’re a fan of all-silk ties, then you, my friend, must pay close attention to how you’re combating those stains. One wrong step, and that stain could ruin your gorgeous silky accessory for good. Curious how to remove a stain from a silk tie? Well sir, we’ve got you covered!


Be Proactive When Cleaning a Silk Tie

Whether we wish to admit it or not, we have all encountered stains on our favorite tie - everything from coffee splotches to accidental food smears. While avoiding the occasional stain seems impossible, knowing how to handle an inevitable smudge is not.

Let’s say you’re eating out at a restaurant, and you spill some food on your silk tie. Don’t panic. Simply use a utensil to remove the excess food from your tie, and blot the stain gently with your napkin and some water. While this might not remove the stain completely, it is a quick fix until you can get home or get your tie to the dry cleaners. 

Being proactive and acting quickly with a stain on your silk tie can make the cleaning process easier and much more effective afterwards - so don't delay!


Stain Remover Wipes are Your Friend

There are a lot of great tips and tricks out there for handling stains on all varieties of textiles. Popular methods include the use of cornstarch, talcum powder, and club soda. But while these are suitable products for generic fabrics, we believe in the power of a trusted stain remover wipe for those more delicate threads.

And let's face it - no matter how sharp silk ties are as an accessory, they are not the easiest to clean. This means you should be very careful what you use to treat an unsightly spill your all-silk tie.

One of our go-to products is the Silk & Clean Stain Remover Wipe. This product is especially for silk fabrics, which makes it an outstandingly trustworthy stain remover. 

stain remover wipe for silk tie

And even if you use another stain remover on your silk tie - it is important to read the label of every cleaning product before you apply it to the fabric. It’s always better to be safe than sorry.


Dry Cleaning as a Last Resort

We only recommend dry cleaning as a last resort because their method of pressing can take all of the life and body out of the tie. If you cannot remove the stain yourself, be sure to tell the dry cleaner the source of the stain so they can treat it properly.

However - if the stain has been sitting on your tie for quite some time, the dry cleaners might be the best option for cleaning your silk tie.

 Man in suit with clean silk tie

 At R. Hanauer, it is our mission to help every gentleman feel classy and confident in his skin. No one feels fearless with a stained tie - so we are here to ensure you know the proper steps and protocols for keeping your look immaculate and stain-free!