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How to Wash Microfiber
Taking care of your microfiber necktie, bow tie or scarf is pretty easy, there are just a few things that you should remember to keep your products effective and long lasting. You can wash and dry your microfiber products in your household washer and dryer with warm water and low heat.To keep your microfiber "like new":
- Do not use Bleach. Microfiber products do not like bleach, bleach breaks down the polyester and polyamide micro-filaments, rendering them less effective.
- Do not use Fabric Softener. Fabric softeners provide a layer of "softness" on your clothing, which is nice for clothing that you wear, but this coating clogs the microfibers, rendering them less effective.
- Do not wash with other cotton products. It is not that microfiber products do not like cotton products or other fabrics; it is that when you wash your cotton products with microfiber the microfiber products grab and hold onto the lint that the cotton produces.
How to Wash Silk
Silk is one of the world's most luxurious fabrics and has been sought after for centuries. We recommend you follow the 'Dry Clean Only' label, but if you need your necktie, bow tie or scarf in a hurry, follow these steps.
- First check if the color of your silk runs by treating a hidden part of clothing (usually back part of the tie). If the color runs, take it to the dry cleaner. Soak the fabric in lukewarm water with a mild soap for about 5 minutes or less. Make sure the water is not too cold or too hot as this will stretch or shrink the garment.
- Rub stains very lightly under the soap-water, careful not to rub too hard as this can damage the fabric irreparably.
- Rinse with water containing 1/4 cup vinegar. This will remove the soap and help restore shine.
- Final rinse with cold water alone.
- Take out of the water and wring excess water out by spreading the garment out on a towel and rolling it up. The towel will absorb the water, and the garment will get an effective, yet mild wringing.
- Leave the garment on the towel and let it dry somewhat.
- While still damp, place in a plastic bag and place the bag in the refrigerator for half an hour.
- Take the bag out and the garment out of the bag and use an iron on low heat to lightly press the fabric. Do not iron the outside of the material, but on the inside that is not seen.
Tips & Precautions
- If you clean the garment in the kitchen or bathroom, make sure the countertops are clear and clean so as to avoid snags, rips, or harmful chemicals to touch the garment.
- Do not allow perfume, cologne, or alcoholic beverages to touch the garment during the washing process. These liquids can disturb the dye and cause the garment to bleed.
- Iron only on the inside of the garment. Silk garments are treated a special way and the inside will not usually damage under heat.
- Use a very lightly-heated iron. Excessive heat will damage any silk.
- Do not use detergents. These are too abrasive and will cause damage.
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