How to Clean a Neck Tie

Neck ties don't need to be cleaned very often. When they do need cleaned, you don't always have to take them to a dry cleaner. Depending on the material of the tie, you may be able to wash it by hand in your sink and hang it out to dry, which will cost you less than dry cleaning. Keep your clothes clean by simply washing them in the comfort of your own home instead of having someone else do them for you.

Step 1: Look at Care Instructions

Look at the care instructions on the tie you want to clean. Some may say that they need to be dry cleaned, and normally silk ties need to be cleaned this way. Other materials can be hand washed. If the care instructions say that the material used can be hand washed, you are able to take care of it at home.

Step 2: Watch for Bleeding Colors

Depending on the colors and patterns of the tie, you may find that the colors run when you wash them by hand. To prevent this you should always test the tie beforehand. To do this, place a drop of water on the back flap of the tie to see if the colors run. If this happens, it is best to take it to the dry cleaners.

Step 3: Soak Tie in Water

Soak your tie in the sink or a large container. Fill with cool water and a mild detergent, such as Woolite. Allow the tie to soak in the water for 5 to 10 minutes, depending on how dirty it is. Don't be afraid to leave the tie longer if needed. Gently rub stubborn stains out with a towel.

Step 4: Rinse Tie

Drain the sink so the water and soap are removed. Rinse the tie with warm water completely to remove all of the detergent. Put the tie onto a hand towel and pat dry until the excess water is evaporated. Do not attempt to wring the tie out, because it will cause the material to wrinkle.

Step 5: Hang Tie to Dry

Hang the tie to dry on a clothes line or a shower rod. Since it may seem stiff after it has dried completely, you may want to throw it in the dryer for a few minutes on low heat and iron on a low setting.

For proper stain removal, you should always read the care instructions on the tie before trying to clean it. Remember that if you decide to wash your tie at home, always wash a test spot first to see if the colors bleed together. You can clean your tie at home simply with soap and water and then leave it hanging to dry.