Home Bow Tie Care
At ELLA BING we make our bow ties by hand, stitch by stitch, while using premium fabrics. Care for your new collection of cloth bow ties with these tips to keep them lasting longer.
1. Don’t have a go-to bow tie
Every guy's got their favorites—but the best way to keep your bow ties in great condition? Stock up and start a rotation. Reusing the same bow tie not only looks like you stopped trying, but it’ll show in the stitching if you keep using the same one for multiple events.
2. A collection of bow ties for each outfit
A good rule of thumb? Invest in three or four bow ties that go with each suit or sport coat.
3. Hang them with your suit
Give yourself easy access by keeping the bow ties hung on the suit they go with, draping them around the collar of the coat.
4. Invest in a tie rack or organizer
Organize all of your bow ties in one place using a tie rack or organizer. With this simple organizer, you can easily see your options (and what additions or subtractions to make to your collection).
When removing your bow tie, untie the knot by pulling on the front blade and back blade in the opposite direction. After removing, hang the bow tie on a tie rack or coat collar, or fold it up in a tie organizer.
Do not leave the bow tie knotted, it will permanently crease the fabric. Do not leave it on your dresser or bathroom with direct sunlight. Colors will fade, especially if it’s knotted and in the sun, it will fade in strange places.
I have a slight wrinkle
Place the bow tie on its tie rack overnight.
I have a stubborn
If that doesn't work, roll up the bow tie and let it sit for a day.
I have a deep wrinkle
We give you permission to steam the bow tie—but resist the urge to iron it (you'll risk ruining it). If you only have an iron, place a thin piece of cloth material between your iron and bow tie for a more gentle heat application.
At ELLA BING, our bow ties are made from silk, wool, cotton, or linen. We'll go ahead and warn you—removing stains on silk is tricky. A good rule of thumb? Always blot the stain (don't rub).
For water-soluble stains, use a clean cloth and dab with a small amount of seltzer water.
For oil-based stains, talcum powder may pull it out.
Serious stains can be removed with spot remover or other mild cleaning agents. Test first on the back of the tie to be sure the remover won't damage it.
Go ahead and take it to a dry cleaner you trust.