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How to Get Your Gown Cleaned


Getting a stain on your pristine white wedding gown right before you're ready to walk down the aisle is every bride-to-be's worse nightmare. Whether it's a spot of makeup or a drop of wine, you don't want it to become the center of attention at your ceremony!  But don't worry - a quick and careful spot cleaning can save your dress from disaster.

Last Minute Stain Removals

First, fill a spray bottle with warm water and a mild soap.  Using a small bristled brush or even a toothbrush, gently massage the soiled area of the gown. Trim areas can be more delicate than the rest of the dress so avoid undiluted liquid detergent if you're cleaning near embellishments or edging.  Dab the spot with a wet cloth to rinse away the soap and then blot dry with a soft towel.

If soap and water didn't do the trick and you're still left with a stain, try mixing a solution of Oxy Clean.  Saturate the stain and allow it to soak until the blemish is gone. Avoid chlorine bleaches.  Your wedding gown may be white but bleach usually leaves behind a film that is nearly impossible to remove.

Cleaning For Preservation

After the wedding, you will probably want to keep your dress as a memory of your special day.  You may even pass it down to your daughter for her own wedding day!  Whatever your plans, you'll want your gown to be spotless when you put it away.  Try to take care of this as soon as you return from your honeymoon, no longer than a month after your ceremony, and store your dress in a zippered bag until the cleaning to protect it from any unnecessary mishaps.

Professional dry cleaning is the recommended method of washing wedding gowns, but it's a little more involved than just dropping off a few blouses on your way to work. These dresses are typically quite delicate so it's a good idea to get to know your cleaner before entrusting them with your gown. You have a lot invested in your dress!

Ask family and friends for names of cleaners that specialize in formalwear and take plenty of time to discuss the details of your dress as well as what you can expect from their service.  Draw attention to delicate beadwork, lace and fine trim, and any stains or blemishes your dress may have suffered before you leave it.

It may cost a bit more to use a cleaner that focuses primarily on wedding and evening gowns but the expertise of a professional is usually worth is when it comes to cleaning your wedding gown. 

Last Updated: December 15, 2008 at 10:54 am
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