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Being in the spotlight in a white wedding dress
involves maneuvering through a wedding day fraught with sweat, champagne, red wine, and grass, all of which could be potential accidents just waiting to happen. If you have post plans for your dress such as preservation, resale or even passing it on as a treasure to someone else, there are a few things to know about the kind of stains that could set in and ruin your gown
. First of all, relax and realize it's normal through the course of your day to pick up a few drops or splashes of something; most you'll encounter are removable with the help of a good cleaner. Stains that prove trickiest are red wine, chocolate, ink and lipstick, especially those that last all day. If your dress
is polyester or synthetic, these stains will lift out without much fuss. 100% silks (which most gowns of quality are made of), prove trickier to lift without some modification to the memory of the original weave. So what can be done?
If you purchase your wedding dress from a bridal salon
or custom designer, ask for their recommendation for a cleaner post wedding. Cleaning establishments have different product packages for gown preservation and restoration. Whether you're reselling or preserving, a thorough cleaning would include:
Overall cleaning and pressing
Repair (button replacement, hem repair, etc.)
Packaging the gown. For resale this would mean putting the bodice onto a cardboard form and stuffing the rest of the gown with tissue
For preservation the gown would need to be properly boxed.
Here is what the cleaner I send all my clients to does: Right before the wedding the finishing and pressing is done. Post wedding, cleaning, pressing, restoration and preserving. If you do get a stain on your wedding day, it's handy to keep an emergency kit with rubbing alcohol and clean white cloths. Apply the rubbing alcohol (for dry stains like grease) or lukewarm water (for wet stains like wine) to the cloth, and gently (read: gently) blot the spot from its outer edges in; whatever you do don't work from the middle outward or you'll be spreading the stain. Ideally, to dry your dress use a hair dryer on low about six inches away. If it is an oil base stain you're combating you can also sprinkle baby powder on it (this works great!).
For those of you thinking about preservation, after the wedding dress is boxed, definately avoid the attic or basement. Attics are prone to extreme heat in summer months--cold in winter and basements and outdoor rooms generally have moisture problems that could mildew your gown over time. Temperate places like the top of a closet shelf should work. For resale you'll want to connect with the best cleaner available.