Bridal Gown Cleaning and Preservation

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Why clean and preserve your bridal gown? After spending time and consideration while selecting her dream wedding gown the bride may wish to keep her dress by preserving it. Whether it is to someday pass on to your daughter or another  special person in your life, or purely for sentimental reasons, a properly cleaned and preserved wedding dress can retain its original beauty for many years to come.

To ensure that the fabric of your gown is kept in the best possible condition, it is ideal to clean it soon after the wedding day, while stains are still fresh. Over time stains and inadequate storage methods can considerably damage your wedding gown. Visible soiling caused by food, make up or other substances, such as hemline dirt, as well as unseen stains from clear drinks or perspiration, if left untreated can oxidize, discolour or harden over time, permanently ruining the fabric and details of your dress. Chemical fumes given off by plastic gown bags, in which some bridal gowns are stored, cause yellowing of the dress fabric, while the unbreathable plastic bag traps in moisture creating mold and mildew.

Most importantly, carefully reading and following the directions provided by the wedding gown manufacturers and consulting specialists are required when caring for your gown. We wish to provide some helpful information to further your knowledge on how best to care for this special garment so that you can cherish it for a long time.

 

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Cleaning

Follow any labels on the gown that indicate if the dress should be dry-cleaned or hand washed. When taking your dress to the dry-cleaner point out any stains or spills so they can remove any sugar stains that need pre-treatment.

Perchloroethylene, also known as perc, is a degreaser that should not be used on delicate detailing such as beading and sequins, as it is too abrasive. If the gown and its linings does have beads or sequins, and is silk, rayon or acetate, the safest cleaner to use is the Stoddard formula or DF-2000. Wet cleaning is best for cleaning polyester dresses and lining, with or without beads and sequins.

Preservation

After cleaning your wedding dress it is then necessary to preserve it form any additional damage.

Covering your gown will protect it form light and dust. As stated above keeping your dress in a plastic bag can lead to yellowing of the fabric, therefore it is best to store the gown in a breathable environment to protect it from mold and mildew. If possible your gown should be covered in acid-free paper or muslin and placed in a pH-neutral box so that changing temperature and humidity cannot trap moisture allowing mildew and mold to grow, damaging the delicate textiles.

Hanging your gown for years can alter its shape over time because of the garments weight, it is therefore recommended to store the gown by folding it in flat storage. Permanent creasing can be prevented by refolding the gown every couple of years.

It is also advisable to occasionally check your gown for any marks that may have gone unnoticed or weren’t properly removed at the initial time of cleaning. Oxidation spots can be treated if caught in time so that your gown retains its beautiful quality.

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