Safely ironing an expensive tie could feel like a daunting task. Thankfully, this article will explain exactly how to iron a tie made from any kind of fabric as well as some safety tips to keep you from accidentally damaging your ties.
Let’s start with the most important question…
Can You Iron a Tie?
Yes. You’ll need to carefully consider the type of fabric and adjust your iron’s heat setting accordingly. Lay the tie out and use a protective cotton cloth to avoid direct contact and scorching. Do not press down on the iron but instead, apply additional steam to do most of the work.
The instructions below will show you exactly how to safely iron a tie.
Can you iron a silk tie? You can definitely iron a silk tie, but take note that silk ties are delicate and must be ironed with great care. Never let the iron make contact with the tie itself and keep the iron temperature on low heat.
Read the detailed instructions below… If you have any doubt, you might want to send your tie to a professional dry cleaner instead. That being said, if you’re up for it, we can safely guide you through the process of flattening a tie without any damage.
How to Iron a Tie?
Let’s explore how to get wrinkles out of a tie using your clothing iron including how to iron a silk tie at home. The same steps apply if you want to know how to iron a bow tie.
1. Read the Label
Ties are made of either silk, cotton, wool, polyester, linen, or a combination of materials.
Knowing the make-up of your fabric is essential in choosing the right ironing temperature.
Silk, wool, and Polyester should all be ironed at the lower heat setting of 300F/148C. Some others like nylon, are even lower.
But be careful, the fabric can be made up of more than one material. Err on the side of the lower heat setting when you’re not 100% sure.
A good quality tie will have clear laundry instructions on the label, indicating the best ironing heat setting. (One dot refers to the lowest heat setting and so on.)
2. Straighten Out the Inner Lining
Starting at the very tip, gently run the length of the tie through your fingers and ensure that the inside lining isn’t folded or misaligned. Any creases on the inner lining will show up when you iron the tie.
Next, you must choose if you want to iron or steam the tie. Steaming is safer but ironing is more effective and can be done safely if you follow the instructions below.
3. Ironing a Tie
Cover the Tie with a Cotton Cloth made from linen or cotton to avoid accidental scorching.
Run the iron very gently over the tie with medium steam bursts applied. Rowenta Irons have excellent steam output.
DO NOT add pressure. Let the weight of the iron do the work. Too much pressure can cause “shine” marks. Read more.
DO NOT iron the tie “from the back”. The inner lining, as well as any labels, will show through as new creases and could even damage the tie.
4. Steaming a Tie (with an Iron)
If you choose to steam the tie using your iron, do the following…
Hang it over a secure hanger and gently pinch both tips while pulling it straight with very slight tension.
Then, lightly run the iron along the front of the tie. Ensure that you use generous amounts of steam as this is what will be doing all the work.
The exact same process applies if you only have a clothing steamer to work with.
5. Inspect the Tie
As you continue, assess the effectiveness of the process and determine if you need to add a little more steam or continue a little longer. Pretty soon you should see all the wrinkles fade away and your tie will look perfectly wrinkle-free.
How to Unwrinkle (Flatten & Straighten) a Tie Without an Iron
Insert the tail tip into the back loop of the tie.
Ensure both ends are lined up. (the tie is essentially folded perfectly in half)
Roll the tie into a moderately tight roll with the front of the tie facing outward.
The tension will help reduce and even remove any wrinkles while being stored.
By placing the tie on a perfectly flat surface and applying a heavy weight on top, you can decrease the tie to some extent.
Experiment by placing the tie perfectly flat on a dining table or countertop while placing heavy books, a weighty cutting board, or even a hefty cast-iron skillet on top.
You only need to focus on the front half of the tie since the back will not be visible while being worn.