Whether expensive or not, proper care should be given to a necktie to prolong it's use. Here are some tips on how to properly take care of neckties:
Tip No. 1 – Always untie your necktie when not in use. Avoid making ready-to-wear, slip-on knotted necktie to avoid permanent creasing. Untie it if you're not using it; untie it before you put it back to your closet or wardrobe. Of course, doing so will require you to tie it again the next time. Quite an inconvenience considering that you could leave the tie that way and just slip it through your head again. But remember, the longer your tie is left knotted the harder it is to remove the crease.
Tip No. 2 – Reverse the knot to lighten the crease. From time to time you can tie your necktie the other way around to reverse the crease. The fiber and lining in the necktie are most affected.
Tip No. 3 – Remove your tie's knot properly. Do not pull the shorter end to avoid unnecessary stretching of the fabric.
Tip No. 4 – When storing them, silk neckties are best hung individually but if it's unavoidable, for example, when keeping them inside your travel luggage or drawer, you can also gently fold them. Either way, make sure you move them from time to time to avoid creasing too. Fold them gently and tuck them inside one of your luggage's pocket or roll them and put them in a small box instead.
Tip No. 5 – Keep your tie roled for 1 or 2 days to remove or lighten crease or leave it by itself for half a day.
Tip No. 6 – Do not tie your knots very tightly. Doing so avoid putting strain on the fabric that may cause persistent crease.
Tip No. 7 – Use a hand steamer. This is effective in removing tie's wrinkles where the knot is formed. But do this quickly and sparingly, sometimes once a month or every 2 months to avoid damaging your tie with heat and steam.
Tip No. 8 – Never send silk ties to dry cleaners. Yes, they can easily remove any stains but they also directly apply heat and press your tie flat, not to mention make your tie decrease its shine. Although for wool ties, dry clean is your best choice. Normal washing with soap and water may cause fabric shortening.
Tip No. 9. When ironing ties, make sure there is no steam involved and always do it on the back of the tie. Never iron your tie's front as it may decrease the luster of your tie and even cause permanent wrinkles. For silk neckties keep the temperature minimal but you can increase the temperature a little higher for polyester.
Tip No. 10 – Keep your ties in a dry and clean space to avoid humidity, mold, and insect bites. Avoid prolonged exposure to sunlight and sweat. These will decrease the tie's strength and sweat's dampness and acidity may damage the tie. Put insecticide inside your wardrobe or drawer to avoid insect attacks. Regardless of your ties fabric, small insects such clothes moths may chew away your ties.