Tying a tie can be an issue for most, but what you do after it’s tied can be just as important. After making a good impression with your impeccable fashion sense, you have to maintain the tie so you can wear it again. Ironing a tie after it’s been tied and wrinkled is a delicate process, but it has to be done if you want to maintain its crisp appearance.
- Firstly, make sure you know what fabric your tie is made out of. You don’t need to spend $70 on a silk tie only to scorch the fabric with your iron. The tag tucked on the underside of the tie has all the information you need.
- Once you determine the type of material, set your iron’s heat accordingly. Most ties are going to need a cooler setting because of how delicate they are, but cottons and wools need a higher temperature setting. The setting dial on your iron should give you all the direction you need.
- On the ironing board, lay the tie out lengthwise along the middle, with the back of it facing up. You’ll need a cotton cloth to lie over the tie, like a napkin or pillowcase. Cover the area you’re going to iron completely with the cotton, making sure it’s laying flat. If you’re ironing clip-on, make sure the hot iron doesn’t get too close to the plastic clip or any other pieces that can melt.
- Iron the tie very carefully, cautiously avoiding too much heat in any one area. Even through the cotton, the tie can still burn. Move the iron from the insides out, bottom to top so as to avoid any creases in the front of the fabric. Make sure you lift the cloth to check on the tie occasionally.
- Once you’ve completed the backside, flip the tie, lay it out face up, and repeat the process. Again, be careful where you apply heat and for how long.
- After the tie is ironed to your satisfaction, hang it up on a hanger or somewhere where it can cool off without being wrinkled. Don’t lay it down, even if you think it’s lying flat, since the underside might wrinkle.
If you store your ties, don’t fold them in the middle, even though that’s how the stores sell them. You’ll end up back at square one. Try hanging the ties in your closet, or devoting an entire drawer to them so they can lie flat at the bottom.