This is one laundry emergency where DIY may mean DOA. "I just would not mess with silk," Weiss says. "A lot of times, depending on how nice the tie is, there's a good possibility that it just can't be saved." That's not a condemnation of your skills so much as a limitation of silk itself. "If you do send a silk tie to a dry cleaner, it's not going to come back exactly the same – usually it will be really dull, even if ultimately you save the tie." Preventative measures are your best bet: Next time you sit down to a spaghetti dinner, tuck your tie into your shirt or throw it over a shoulder.