How To Iron A Silk Tie

Owning a wrinkled silk tie can leave you wondering how to iron a silk tie without ruining it. After all, silk is a strong fiber but it has a reputation for picking up stains easily. Even a few drops of water can leave stains on silk, so while a silk tie needs a little bit of moisture to iron out wrinkles, you need to keep excess water droplets off the tie. You could use a steam iron to iron your silk tie, but sometimes steam irons (especially older ones) spit water droplets out of the holes in the sole plate.

Things you'll need:

  • Ironing board
  • Iron
  • Pressing cloth
  • Clean water
  1. Set up the ironing board. Make sure the board is on a flat surface so it will not tip over, taking the iron and your good silk tie to the floor.
  2. Set the temperature on the iron on the warm setting. Some irons are labeled with a silk setting, so if your iron has a silk setting, use that.
  3. Saturate the pressing cloth with clean water and wring out the excess water. Make sure the pressing cloth is not dripping and set it aside while you spread out the tie.
  4. Dry your hands completely and spread out the tie face up on the ironing board. Check one more time to make sure the pressing cloth is not dripping at all, then spread the pressing cloth over the silk tie.
  5. Iron the tie by gently moving the iron over the pressing cloth. Use a gentle downward motion, applying both heat and gentle pressure to remove wrinkles from the tie.
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