How to unpress a tie?

Discussion in 'Andy's Fashion Forum' started by Mongo, Feb 19, 2019.

  1. Mongo

    Mongo Active Member with Corp. Privileges

    My now ex dry-cleaner managed to take a perfectly good Brooks Brothers tie and press it so hard it has knife edge creases and is as thin as a piece of paper.

    Okay, the "paper thin" is hyperbole, but you get the idea.

    Is there any way to recover the tie?
  2. Woofa

    Woofa Super Member

    United States
    Fort Worth
    Love to hear a great answer as I have one similar. Unfortunately I have the impression that short of sending it in for a recraft this is a list cause.
  3. Andy

    Andy Site Creator/Administrator Staff Member

    United States
    Palm Desert
    Admin Post
    Use a steamer or a steam iron held up to the tie, but never touching.

    Mongo: My parents lived in Calgary BA (Before Andy) while dad did oil exploration.
    Woofa: How about just a good answer! ;)
  4. shadoman

    shadoman Active Member with Corp. Privileges

    United States
    MO - Missouri
    st. louis
    I've been here.
    I inserted a 7/16 dowel rod up inside the blade, and ironed it out with a press cloth and the appropriate heat setting on my iron.
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  5. Mongo

    Mongo Active Member with Corp. Privileges

    Thanks guys; I'll try the steamer first. The dowel approach sounds like it's worth a shot if the steamer doesn't fully fix the tie.

    And hello from chilly Calgary to Andy in Palm Desert. Calgary's a nice city, but we're getting a little sick of winter here. Current temperature is 26 degrees with light snow (warmer than the past few weeks).
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  6. Mathematicus

    Mathematicus New Member

    Coventry, UK
    West Midlands
    Another tip: lay the tie face down on a flat surface, possibly without folding it and place a hair-dryer at the blade blowing air inside the tie, towards the tail. You will see that the tie will like "inflate" and this might help to soften the sharp crease.

    Make sure you use the low temperature setting, though.
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  7. SG_67

    SG_67 Connoisseur

    United States
    I think some of the ideas above are good and worth a try. What’s the worst that could happen?

    I do know this: at the molecular level, silk is composed of protein strands. As such, the strands need to be denatured either chemically or with heat in order to change shape.

    The cleaners pressed the tie with a level of heat enough to denature it. It will take the same level of heat, including some type of mechanical agitation to restore it to its previous state. I’m not entirely sure this is possible, but again, worth a try. Good luck.
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  8. Kyle76

    Kyle76 Active Member with Corp. Privileges

    United States
    I like a combination of the ideas above. If you could somehow feed some steam into the hair dryer, it just might do the trick.
  9. drlivingston

    drlivingston Connoisseur

    United States
    With all due respect, the damage to that tie is almost irreversible. You may get some body back into the blades. But, it will never regain it's beautiful rolled edges. At least it wasn't a Brioni or Kiton.
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  10. Peak and Pine

    Peak and Pine Honors Member

    United States
    Mars Hill

    Nay. It's reversible. Take it apart, just the front. Unfold it. Iron it flat from the inside. Fold it back together. The original roll reappears. Then sew it back up. (While it's undone, narrow or widen it, if you choose). Don't sew? Start. A tie's a good (and easy) place to throw down your marker.
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