Custom ties are the perfect gift to give for any occasion. They show that you put thought into your present and it shows that you care about the recipient.
If you’ve received custom ties as a personal gift from yourself, or from a loved one, then knowing how to store them properly will help keep them in good condition for a long time
This blog post will provide tips and tricks on how to store your custom ties in order to keep them from getting damaged or losing their shape.
What are custom ties?
Custom ties are ties that are made to order. This means you can choose the pattern and design of your tie, as well as getting it in a variety of colours and widths. You will also be able to specify what kind of lining is on the inside (such as satin or cotton). If you want, you could even have a monogram stitched onto it.
What to do before storing your custom ties
The care you do for your custom ties to clean and prepare them is just as important as storing them. So here are a few tips on what you need to do.
Get to know your dry cleaner.
If you always find grease of pizza on your tie (or just about any smudge), you need to have it cleaned right away. The longer the stain sits on your tie, the worse the odds of saving it from permanent damage.
If you’re skilled at washing cotton or synthetic material, you can wash it yourself. But, you’re almost always better off taking it to a pro. They know how to remove stains while preserving the tie’s material.
Iron out the details
Have you ever seen wrinkled clothing because you haphazardly shoved them in your closet? These wrinkles can be relatively permanent and can lead to discolouration. If you don’t want this happening to your custom ties, then iron or steam its wrinkles out.
But remember this, you need to use the right temperature setting for your tie’s material. For example, silk and synthetic material require low setting. If you have cotton ties, use a hotter iron. Wool lands somewhere in the middle of those two vague temperatures.
Decide whether to roll them or hang them.
Both rolling or hanging your ties have their own advantages and drawbacks.
Hanging your tie can prevent them from getting creased, preventing wrinkles and discolouration. However, if you don’t hang them properly, they could easily fall.
Rolling your tie cuff protects it from dust accumulation while not in use. A downside is that rolling can create a tighter knot which may be difficult to untie at a later date.
How to Store A Custom Made Tie
Using a tie rack
Tie rack is proven to be convenient for storing and displaying ties. However, if you have 20-30 to store then it’s probably not a good idea.
It also requires you to clean out the dust at least once every three months. So if you don’t have that discipline in you, then another storage option might be better.
If you’re planning to use a tie hanger, make sure that it’s sturdy enough for your needs. They’re easy to use and you don’t have to worry about your ties getting wrinkled or damaged. But they can be expensive, and the tie can get caught on the hooks when you’re taking it off or putting it back on.
Rolling the tie and placing it in a drawer
Hate seeing dust on your custom ties? Placing it in a drawer can keep your custom ties free from dust for a longer period of time.
There are some disadvantages though. You’ll have to take off and put it back on each time, which can be frustrating. You can also expect more wrinkles when you wear them because they are not as fresh out of the drawer.
Store custom ties by colour and patterns
Hate having to dig and disrupt your organized drawer looking for a specific colour? Make finding the ideal custom ties free of headache. Arrange your drawer by colour so finding them is simple, quick and with ease. The same can be said for patterns. Store similar ones together so it’s easier to find them.
Put the most used ties on top
Do you have a favourite custom made tie? Then, put it on the top where it’s easier to access. That’ll make it fast, quick and easy for you every morning. You won’t need to dig deeper into your storage to find the one you often use.
Get rid of any unused ties.
A common problem is having more custom ties more than you need. If you’re doing an active collection of custom ties and you have enough space for storing them, then that’s great. But if these ties don’t have any sentimental value, they’re making a clutter, and they don’t spark joy — consider gifting them to friends or family who might like them. You can also donate them.
Using an over-the-door hook organizer
If you only have a couple of ties you value and use daily, then you can put them on an over-the-door hook organizer. It’s cheap and a great option when you’re always in a hurry and you tend to forget to put on a tie.
There’s a downside, however. With this storing method, it’s hard to keep the custom ties in good condition. With daily use, they’ll get worn out or dirty and probably won’t last long. It’s also difficult to move around when there are so many items hanging on your organizer.