It doesn’t matter whether you’re wearing a delicate silk tie from a prestigious designer such as Drake’s of London or a novelty Christmas tie – it’s all too easy to end up with a tie stain that ruins your look. All it takes is for you to lean forward too far when brushing your teeth or a gust of wind while you’re drinking your coffee.
So, what can you do to remove troublesome, style-wrecking stains from your most fashionable of accessories? The easiest option is always to get your clothes dry cleaned so they can be taken care of by professionals – but if that’s not possible then you can check our tie-cleaning tips below to find out how to clean even the most stubborn stains.
How to Remove Ketchup and Condiment Stains
Leaned too far over the dinner table? It happens to all of us eventually. The key to removing condiment stains like ketchup and mustard is to act quickly and decisively before the sauce soaks in permanently. Use a teaspoon to scrape off any remaining blogs without forcing the mess deeper into the fabric pores, then blot the stain with a damp cloth napkin to soak up the colour before drying it with a bathroom hand drier.
How to Remove Red Wine Stains
Red wine stains may seem scary, but they are actually among the easiest stains to get out of many clothes – especially small items such as ties. Take the tie off and cover the stain in table salt as quickly as possible, then press it firmly under a placemat. This will push liquid out of the fabric, reducing the stain so it can be easily removed with a little warm water (or specialty cleaning solutions, if it’s a silk tie).
How to Remove Oily or Greasy Stains
Unlike ketchup stains, there’s no quick fix for oily stains on fabric – though the good news is that it’s still easy enough to removing unsightly marks. Begin by blotting with a paper napkin, then press for 24 hours under a fine layer of talcum powder to absorb as much of the oil as possible. Brush the talc off afterwards and, with a little luck, your tie should be as good as new again.
How to Remove Toothpaste Stains
Toothpaste stains are by far the hardest to remove from any clothing and you should always consider leaving them to a professional dry cleaners, as the bleaching powders in the paste are often impossible to remove without a powerful cleaning agent. If you’re determined to tackle it yourself though, use a little diluted detergent on a soft cloth to try and remove the stain as quickly as possible.
Whatever the stain, it’s worth bearing in mind that not all materials are created equal and that some fabrics (particularly silk) will stain much more easily than others. If you’re ever in doubt of how to clean delicate fabrics or specialty items then it’s always best to have them dry cleaned instead. It’s always best to let the cleaners know what caused the stain too, so they can tailor their approach – if you order dry cleaning with Laundrapp then you can add this info to the Special Instructions section of your order.
Got a tie you need dry cleaning? Order dry cleaning online with Laundrapp today and get all your dry cleaning picked up from your door, quickly and efficiently.