Iron your tie only as a last resort.

How to Iron Out Wrinkles in Ties

by S.R. Becker

If you buy your neckties online or fold them while packing your suitcase, you might find them too wrinkled to wear. For best results, follow the care instructions on the label. Keep the iron away from silk ties, but safely use it on polyester and other blended fibers. The low-heat setting is your best friend when it comes to pressing a tie.

Heat the iron on the lowest heat setting.

Lay the tie face down on the ironing board. Spread out the entire length and cover the thin end with a plain white pillowcase or hand towel.

Iron the tie through the cloth, starting at the thin end and keeping the iron moving. Check every few seconds to see whether any wrinkles remain. If you see any, turn the iron up slightly. If not, continue ironing down the length of the tie, moving the cloth to cover each new section before ironing it.

Turn the tie face-up and iron it again from the thin end down using the protective pillowcase.

Spritz the tie with a light mist of water from a spray bottle if the wrinkles are particularly resistant. Lay the towel or pillowcase back over the tie before ironing again.

Items you will need

  • Ironing board
  • Iron
  • White pillowcase or hand towel
  • Spray bottle (optional)


  • Before ironing a tie, try steaming it with a clothing steamer or hanging it in the bathroom while you shower. If you don't have to wear your tie for a few days, hang it over the bar in your closet to let the wrinkles to fall out on their own.


  • Only iron clean ties, as heat from the iron can set any stains. If your tie is dirty, take it to a dry cleaner and have it professionally cleaned and pressed.

About the Author

S.R. Becker is a certified yoga teacher based in Queens, N.Y. She has a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing and has worked as a writer and editor for more than 15 years. Becker often writes for "Yoga in Astoria," a newsletter about studios throughout New York City.

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