How to Store Ties
When storing a tie, it’s easy to just throw it over a chair or stuff it in a drawer. Ties are made of delicate fabrics, though, and improperly storing them can shorten their lifespan. Knowing how to properly store a tie will make sure you always look professional and your ties last a lifetime. Taking these extra few steps will keep your ties from becoming wrinkled, misshapen, and discolored.
Remove Your Tie Properly
The most important step to properly storing a tie is correctly removing your tie. Most people will tug at the small end of their tie until they can remove it. This tugging, over time, will stretch the fibers of your tie and ruin the fabric. Instead, gently pull the tie apart, reversing the steps you took to tie your tie. Make sure to fully unknot your tie to avoid creasing.
Get Rid of Wrinkles & Creases
Never iron your ties to get rid of wrinkles or creases. The direct heat from your iron can damage the fibers in your tie. Instead, invest in a handheld steamer. Hang your tie and gently steam out any wrinkles or creases. If you do not have a steamer, you can also hang your tie in the bathroom while you shower. The steam from your shower will have a similar effect.
Invest in a Tie Rack
The best way to store a tie is to hang it on a tie rack. While there are other tie storage options, this one is least likely to wrinkle or crease your ties. Typically, a tie rack will either hang on a wall or in a closet. If you are storing your tie rack on a wall, make sure to choose a spot that avoids direct sunlight. Your tie rack should be placed in a cool, dry area, which means you should avoid places like your basement, garage, or attic.
When placing your tie on the tie rack, make sure it is completely flat. Any wrinkles or fold could lead to permanent creasing down the line. You’ll want to make sure you drape the tie on the tie rack so that both sides hang evenly. This is the best and easiest way to avoid wrinkles in your ties.
Roll Your Ties
While rolling your ties is not the best choice for long term tie storage, it can be a great option for short term storage. To roll your tie, lay it completely flat with no knots, with the back of the tie facing upwards. Next, take the small side of the tie and fold it inwards toward the large side of the tie. At the fold, gently roll the tie toward the large end. Store your rolled ties in a drawer with a drawer organizer or in a plastic container. Do not stack rolled ties or put anything on top, as any weight will cause the ties to become misshapen.
Store Ties in Self Storage
There are many rules for storing clothing in a self storage unit, and ties are no exception. Ties, particularly silk ties, are very susceptible to mold and mildew. To avoid damage caused by humidity, opt for a climate-controlled storage unit. These units regulate humidity and temperature, which protects your clothing from exposure to moisture. If possible, store your ties on a tie rack in your storage unit. You can either accomplish this by using a wardrobe box or standing closet rack. Cover your tie rack with a breathable fabric to avoid dust buildup.
If you are unable to use a tie rack in your storage unit, you have a few other options. One option is to find a large box that allows you to store your ties completely flat. If you do not have the space for this option, you can also roll your ties. Make sure to place them in a plastic box to protect from any moisture or humidity. Do not place anything heavy on top of ties that may disrupt their shape.
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