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Pocket Square Care

Material Matters
The care of your pocket square heavily depends on the material the pocket square is made of okay
1. Cotton
   • Cotton pocket squares are easy to store, easy to iron, durable, very affordable (compared to silk and wool) and can be washed in the laundry machines. However, cotton pocket squares crease rather easy and if they are washed the wrong way, they can shrink.
2. Polyester
   • Like cotton pocket squares, polyester can be washed in the laundry machines.
3. Silk
   • Silk pocket squares can't be cleaned in laundry machines; they must be dry cleaned.
4. Cotton
   • Cotton pocket squares need the least amount of maintenance because they can be washed in the laundry machines.
5. Untie your tie in the reverse order in which you tied it to begin with (that's a mouth full).
   • This method is not the fastest way to remove a tie nor the most intuitive but it is the most effective at preserving your tie for the long term.
Curing The Wrinkles
1. Hang your ties up or roll them.
   • The best way to smooth out wrinklies, is to have no wrinkles at all. Hanging up your tie or rolling them helps just do that.
2. Use a steamer.
  • Using a steamer works best to relax the more aggressive wrinkles in your tie.
How to Remove Stains
Not all stains are created (or removed) the same. Based off the context of the stain, you must act accordingly.
Rule of Thumb: Take action as soon as possible when you discover a stain on your tie and blot the stain (don't rub the stain!)
1. Oil based stains - Use talcum powder or cornstarch. Use immediately.
2. Water based stains - Use seltzer water or club soda.
3. Other stains - Use cleaning agents such as stain removal products.
4. To the cleaners -  As a last resort, you could take your tie to the dry cleaners.