How to Iron a Tie

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Keep your tie from getting wrinkled by hanging it up after each use.
Keep your tie from getting wrinkled by hanging it up after each use. (Image: Digital Vision/Digital Vision/Getty Images)

A wrinkled tie diminishes an otherwise classy, sophisticated look, but you don’t want to just grab and iron and start ironing. It's always best to leave unwrinkling a tie to your neighborhood dry cleaner, but if that's not an option, you can iron your tie at home. Ties are often made of delicate fabrics like silk, so iron carefully to get the wrinkles out without damaging or scorching the fabric.

Get Set Up

Set your iron to the proper setting based on the material of the tie. SolidColorNeckties.com and Esquire pretty much agree on settings: use the cool setting for polyester or silk ties; for wool ties, use the medium-heat setting, and for cotton or linen ties, use the highest heat setting. Lay the tie down on the ironing board, backside up, then lay a clean white cloth over the bottom-most part of the tie. Run your hand over the pressing cloth and tie before ironing to smooth out any creases.

Start Ironing

Begin ironing at the bottom of the backside of the tie and work your way up, moving the pressing cloth as you move to another section. Work in small sections, moving the iron slowly over the fabric without applying too much pressure. After ironing one section, lift the pressing cloth and smooth out the tie’s fabric with your hand. Once you’ve ironed the backside of the tie, flip it over, place the pressing cloth on the front side of the tie and iron in the same manner. Drape the tie over a padded hanger as soon as you’re done ironing to prevent wrinkles from forming.

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