Whether you’re preparing for your big day and your dress got stained, or you need to preserve your dress for future generations, wedding dress cleaning should never be taken lightly. Unlike most clothing that can withstand the abuse a washing machine subjects it to during the spin cycle, wedding dresses are much more fragile.
Cleaning your wedding dress requires knowledge, precision, and patience to achieve the desired results. Here are four hacks every bride should follow when cleaning their gown:
1. Determine Material
In most instances, a simple spot cleaning is something that you can accomplish on your own. However, you need to be aware that different materials will call for different care methods. For example, if you have a lower end gown created from polyester fabrics, you can choose to wash the gown by hand and not leave any lasting damage. On the other hand, if your dress is made from a luxurious material like silk, professional thorough cleaning is the only accepted method.
2. Spot Cleaning With Care
The moment your big day rolls around, you may notice a small splotch or storage stain on your dress. It’s only natural to feel anxious about cleaning it, but fortunately, most small stains or spots will come out. Use a stain remover such as Stain RX as soon as possible on the affected area! Before you start the process, choose an inconspicuous spot near the bottom to test how the fabric will respond to the cleaner. Whenever you’re ready to handle the task, apply layers of paper towel underneath the affected spot so it doesn’t get transferred elsewhere. Use the method of blotting the stain with a wet rag or towel as heavily scrubbing will cause damage to the fabric.
**Use a hairdryer to dry the spot as it may leave rings if left to dry naturally.
3. Dirty Hem Cleaning
Longer dresses are prone to getting dirty hems, especially if you’ve already worn your dress. Not to worry, however, as dirty hems can easily be cleaned at home! Make sure that your bathtub is completely clean and fill up your bathtub using warm sudsy water. The next step is to hang your gown over the water so the hemline is dipped inside. In a few hours, you will need to rinse the hem.
4. Removing Perspiration Stains
The worst offender for ruining a white gown happens to be perspiration stains. These yellow spots affect the underarm areas along with the bodice section of the dress. You can safely clean these areas using a mild dishwashing detergent mixed with water. The solution should be placed inside a spray bottle. For tougher underarm stains, a soft bristled brush may be employed.
As always, it’s advisable to exercise caution when wedding dress cleaning. Depending on the age, quality, and construction material, you need to do your research. When in doubt, it may be best to hire a professional to clean spots as doing so will allow you to safely place it inside of an archival box for the future.