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Cleaning and Preserving Your Wedding Dress - 3 Tips to Get Great Results

Posted by David Whitehurst on October 14, 2015

Most Brides want their wedding dress to have a life after "I Do." For that to happen, the first and most important step is to invest in quality wedding dress cleaning and preservation service. You invested in that perfect wedding dress. It’s only fitting that you invest in quality cleaning and preservation if you want your dress to survive into the coming years. 

How do you do that? Read on to learn the three top tips that will help ensure you get the exceptional results you’re hoping for.

1.         Find a Certified Wedding Dress Cleaner

Many brides don’t realize that not all wedding dress cleaning services are created equal. While most dry cleaners may be willing to take your dress in and clean it, not all will have the expertise to have it done correctly. And many dry cleaners ship their gowns to somewhere else to find the lowest cost "wholesaler" to clean and preserve your gown.Stick to a dry cleaner that does the work locally and specializes in wedding dress cleaning and preservation.  

If you're lucky, you'll find a Certified Wedding Gown Specialist (a member of the Association of Wedding Gown Specialists) in your community or at least within easy driving distance to serve you. A Certified specialist has the training and experience to best understand the unique needs you have and will be able to properly care for wedding dresses made from virtually any fabric and handle most any stains to keep your dress alive after "I Do."

2.         Take it in as soon as possible

When it comes to stains, time is not your friend. The longer dirt, grime, and other stain-causing materials have to soak into your dress, the harder they will be to get them out. Keep in mind that it’s not just the stains you can see. Often there are minor issues that, over time, can become permanent stains. The sooner you have your dress cleaned, the better your results are likely to be.

3.         Don’t store your dress in a plastic bag

Did you know that plastic bags can emit fumes that could discolor your dress? Did you know that this discoloration can happen in a short amount of time? Your best bet is to use a museum-quality archival preservation chest used by the better wedding dress cleaners. These should be 100% acid-free and are the types museums use to preserve historical textiles.  But don't let this scare you. The cost is really affordable for these boxes that are rated to last 1,000 years in climate-controlled conditions.

You can also preserve your wedding dress on a hanger in s breathable wedding dress bag. But my recommendation is t use the preservation chest. It helps store the dress in less space, doesn't require valuable closet space and better protects the dress over time.

Following these tips will help ensure you get the best possible results when you choose a wedding dress cleaning service.

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