Without a doubt, wedding gowns are one of the few high-maintenance clothing items out there. Not only do they occupy lots of space in the closet, its process of cleaning and storage is also significantly different from normal dresses that we wear every day. In fact, gown storage is way different than how we store suits or other female attire. To add to it all, wedding gowns need to be thoroughly cleaned after the wedding. That said, before you kick back and relax, enjoying your newlywed life, you need to formulate a plan on how you want to store the gown. Luckily, we are here to help! Here are a few tips on gown cleaning and wedding gown preservation.
Guide to keeping the wedding gown clean
- Cleaning wedding gowns isn’t an easy job and that’s why it’s best left to the professionals. The sheer amount of embellishments, details, and layers of fabrics, means you can’t just drop it into a washing machine or send it for standard dry cleaning.
- Every bride needs professional help regarding wedding gown cleaning and preservation. The preservationists (as they are popularly called) assess the dress material and its quality before prescribing the right cleaning process. The elaborate cleaning process includes deodorizing it, getting rid of the body oils from the dress, washing the dirt off from the hem, removing invisible stains, and more.
- If you had opted for a simple gown with minimal embellishments, that isn’t made up of delicate fabric materials such as silk, taffeta, or lace, you can clean it yourself, though we wouldn’t recommend doing so.
- Spot clean the gown using a stain remover and a wet cloth. However, it’s worth mentioning that different stains require different cleaning agents. Moreover, not all stain removers work on all fabric types. Just to be extra sure, it’s always a great idea to check the stain remover on a tiny piece of fabric on the underside of the dress. Make sure it doesn’t ruin the gown.
- While spot cleaning, always use a piece of cloth between every layer of the dress, so that the solution or the cleaning agent doesn’t transfer.
- Wash the dirty hem in the bathtub with mild soap and warm water. Use a hairdryer to blast the stain once you’re done cleaning it.
- To get rid of sweat stains, turn the gown inside out, and use a toothbrush and a detergent to gently scrub the sweat stains from the bodice of the gown.
Guide to wedding gown preservation
- Hanging the wedding gown long-term will stretch the fabric. Thus, it’s best to store it in an acid-free archival box – ones that are used in museums. These boxes are specifically designed to prevent the gown from yellowing or other forms of damage.
- Place an acid-free tissue paper between every layer of the gown. Do the same with every layer of beads or other embellishments.
- When placing the gown away for long-term storage, loosely fold the gown. This prevents it from developing creases. Wrap the entire dress in muslin or in acid-free tissue to protect it further.
- Always choose a cool, dark, and dry place when storing your precious wedding gown. The top shelf of your bedroom closet and the empty space under the bed are great places for gown storage. Avoid keeping the gown or the preservation box in attics or basements, as these places are either too warm or too damp and adversely impact gown preservation.
- Lastly, when opting for wedding gown preservation kits or storing the gown yourself, never wrap the dress in plastic as it traps the moisture inside. Moreover, plastic doesn’t allow the fabric to breathe and helps in the growth of mold and mildew.
Hopefully, our brief guide on all things wedding gown cleaning and preservation was of help to you. Let us know your thoughts on the same or if you think we missed out on anything.