I am with you. I have the same kind of allergy: I hate to bring clothes to the dry cleaners too.
But when this question popped at Quora, I just felt that there is a lot of options now when it comes to get an artificial fabric clothes, but they never look as good as the old school- great quality ones.
It all depends of the material of which it is made of. Here is how you can check out this fact:
Turn one side of the tie and check the tag that is behind the side that faces out when you wear it. There should be the brand tag -the one that is also fabric and cross the tie at the middle of it- and, also, another tag that has a lot more information on it -it is usually camouflaged under the bend fabric-. There you should be able to check out the material and, also, the cleaning instructions.
Most of the ties, made of silk, a mix or polyester/ acrylic suggest to be dry cleaned. If it is made of silk, do not attempt to clean it any other way, as the fabric is very delicate and it can break and/ or get stained very easily. Once in a while, it can stand being refreshed by a steamer, but be sure you don’t use any other liquid than water to steam it gently.
Artificial fabrics stand better the steamer, but avoid direct contact with heat (as it would happen with an iron) and, of please, do not throw the tie in the washing machine.
These tips work for mostly every piece on your wardrobe that you don’t know how to clean: Always follow the instructions described on the tags.
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