Wedding Dress Cleaning Tips
should aim to dry clean your dress as soon as you can after your
wedding. This helps avoid the danger of untreated stains becoming
oxidised and increases the likelihood of successful cleaning.
have the dress dry cleaned prior to storage, even if the dress looks
clean stains such as perspiration and drinks stains can evaporate, but
over time begin to affect the fabric.
the day avoid rubbing stains, if you spill something on your dress blot
it gently, rubbing can damage the fabric permanently. As far as stain
removal goes – give the dry cleaner the first chance to remove the
- Experience is the most
important factor in the successful cleaning of your dress – entrust
your dress to a specialist dry cleaners. Only through experience can a
wedding dress dry cleaner obtain the best results.
to see the dress before it’s packed, even if the cleaning results are
not perfect it’s best for you to inspect your dress after it’s been
cleaned. Then you can discuss the possibility of further treatment. No
dry cleaner can be 100% successful 100% of the time (any dry cleaner
who offers you cleaning guarantees over the phone should be a magician
not a technician), however experience and the latest techniques can
help deliver the best results
a dry cleaner before the event – in case disaster strikes on the day
you can have the dress attended to quickly. Also in the event that you
are going away for a long honeymoon you can send a friend/relative in
with your dress.
- Labels are
important to the professional dry cleaner, if you remove them – keep
them so you can supply the dry cleaner with the necessary information
and beads – often wedding dress makers will embellish dresses with
additional items. This may cause a number of problems for the dry
cleaner. Some beads are not suitable for dry cleaning and may
melt/dissolve during cleaning; a reputable dry cleaner will test before
cleaning. Other items such as glitter can be glued on; often the glue
will dissolve during dry cleaning removing the adornments . One way to
minimise these problems is to speak to the wedding dress maker before
cleaning and confirm the care instructions for the dress.
You’ve had your dress cleaned – now what?
leave your dress in the plastic from the dry cleaners – over time
plastic can give off chemicals which discolour fabrics
- Remove the safety pins – over time they can oxidise and mark the dress with rust marks
you are having your dress boxed, make sure it is being packed in acid
free tissue paper. This helps prevent yellowing of the dress (remember
that even with proper care it may be impossible to prevent all
yellowing over time).
- Check the
dress periodically while in storage, in case the dress is deteriorating
through inappropriate storage. It’s good to refold the dress to prevent
- Don’t use
plastic storage boxes – while these are great for seasonal storage,
they are not suited to long term storage. If any moisture develops
inside the box the fabric can develop mildew
is important that the textile can breath – if so the humidity around
the dress remains constant and the likelihood mould/mildew is reduced
the dress should NOT be stored in an area which is prone to high
humidity (like your attic) or damp (like your basement), fluctuating
temperatures increase the risk of deterioration. Often a wardrobe or
under the bed is the best place.
the dress is not boxed make sure it is stored away from sunlight and
artificial light, in the long term they can cause degradation and
fading of fabric
Taken with kind permission from www.themastercleaners.com