Can You Tumble Dry A Tie? (what the experts say)

All of the experts agree that ties should never be tumble dried.

That’s all ties whether they’re; Silk, wool, Linen, cotton, knitted, microfiber, polyester or faux leather. None of them should be tumble dried.

The problem is tumble drying even at low temperatures could damage the lining or fabric of the tie no matter what material it is made from.

The best way to dry a wet tie is to air dry it using one of the methods listed below.

What The Tumble Dryer Symbols Mean On A Tie

Tumble Dryer Symbols On Clothes

The wash care label on your tie uses a number of symbols to indicate the best way to care for it.

The only symbol you’re likely to find on a tie is the symbol that signifies do not tumble dry.

However, we have listed all of the symbols used on care labels in the UK for your reference.

  • Square With White Circle – You can tumble dry
  • Square With White Circle, One Black Dot In Circle – This indicates you can dry on a low heat setting
  • Square With White Circle, Two Black Dots In Circle – This indicates you can dry on a medium heat
  • Square With White Circle, Three Black Dots In Circle – this indicates you can dry on a high heat setting
  • Square With Black Circle – You can dry using no heat
  • Square With White Circle And A Black X On Top – Do not tumble dry, this is the most likely symbol to be found on ties.

How To Dry A Tie Without A Tumble Dryer

As ties should not be tumble dried, you’ll need to find another way to get them dry.

You should never wring or twist a tie as this could damage it. You can however, wrap the tie in a towel and gently press to remove some of the excess moisture before applying the drying methods shown in this article.

All of the following methods will dry your tie without causing any damage to the fabric.

Air Drying Your Tie On A Washing Line

Weather permitting, line drying is the best way to dry a tie. All you need to do is hang your tie from the washing line, retractable clothesline or rotary line until it is dry.

You should hang your ties out of direct sunlight to prevent any colour fade. They should also be hung from the narrowest tip and allowed to dry naturally.

Air Drying Ties Indoors Using An Airer

If the weather is too bad for outdoor drying, the next best thing is air drying indoors on an airer or clothes horse as they’re also known.

Simply place the airer in a well ventilated room and drape the ties over the bars of the airer. Unless the tie is a knitted tie which should be laid flat on one of the airer’s racks.

You Can Shorten The Drying Times Indoors By Using An Electric Fan

If you want to get your tie dry faster indoors, you can place an electric fan in the same room as the drying tie.

As long as you have an open window to allow a sufficient airflow, your tie will dry quicker.

Cut Down Drying Times Indoors By Using A Dehumidifier

You can cut down the drying time for all of your clothes indoors if you reduce the moisture content of the air in the room that the clothes are drying in.

Dehumidifiers work by removing excess moisture from the air and this allows the ties to dry faster.

What Happens If You Tumble Dry Ties?

Always check the wash care labels

All of the experts agree that ties should be air dried and never be put in a tumble dryer.

If you were to tumble dry your tie you can expect:

  • The Tie To Become Misshapen
    Depending on the material used to make your tie, it could become severely misshapen if subjected to the heat and rough tumbling action of the tumble dryer.
  • The Tie To Shrink
    Many of the fabrics that are used to make ties can shrink if exposed to high temperatures. The shrinkage might not be even, which could lead to the tie being an odd shape. Either way it would no longer be wearable if it were to shrink.
  • The Tie’s Lining Could Become Damaged
    Due to both the heat and rough treatment of the tumble drier, the lining of your tie could become damaged. This would mean the tie would never be the same again. You could find that the knot doesn’t sit right or the tie is uneven and loses its shape.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to put a tie in a tumble dryer?

It is never safe to put a tie in a tumble dryer because the heat and rough action could seriously damage the tie.

How can I dry a tie without a tumble dryer?

The best way to dry a tie without a tumble dryer is to air dry it. This can be done on a washing line or an airer or clothes horse.

Is it better to iron or steam a tie?

It is always better to steam a tie because ironing can damage a tie.

How do you fix a wrinkled tie?

Many wrinkles fall out on the washing line. If you hang the tie by the narrowest end, the weight of the tie should remove any wrinkles. If this doesn’t work, you should use a clothes steamer to remove wrinkles, never iron a tie.

Is it OK to wring a wet tie?

It is never OK to twist or wring a wet tie as this could seriously damage the tie. To remove excess moisture try wrapping the tie in a towel and gently pressing it.

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