The wedding is over and all your planning has fallen into place, making it a day to remember for the rest of your life. There is, however, one more thing to plan for - your wedding gown preservation. This treasured garment you put so much care and thought into purchasing needs to be cleaned and preserved. Can any dry cleaning service do a proper job or do you need a specialist?
How does the typical dry cleaning service handle wedding gowns?
Most of the typical dry cleaning services do not handle wedding gowns in their own facility; they send them out to wholesale dry cleaners. The problem with this type of service is there is no "personalization" to the process. Wholesale cleaning is done on an assembly line. Since most dresses are different, using a the same approach for different dresses is not always the best choice.
Little attention can be given to your dress when cleaned with this type of process and they will perform minimal pretreatment or spotting. Check with your cleaner, before leaving this precious keepsake with them, on how they will handle your cleaning.
Another concern to be aware of for your wedding gown preservation is the type of cleaning solvent used. Many times a cleaner will use recycled solvent due to ecological regulations and expense. They do filter it; however, not all of the impurities are going to be caught; they may instead end up on your gown. Virgin solvent is used by good cleaners.
Don't overlook the advantage of working with a local wedding gown specialist. A qualified local specialist gives you the chance to point out any problem areas. You will also be able to examine the cleaned dress before sealing in a preservation chest. That way, you can be sure you've gotten the right dress.
There are different methods to use when cleaning a wedding gown.
Wedding Gowns Cleaned by Wet-Cleaning.
The fabric and any embellishments like beads and sequins will dictate the method most appropriate for your gown.
The method of wet-cleaning a wedding gown simply means it is cleaned with water. The advantages to this method are it is the best way to clean sugar and most food spills.
Wedding Gowns Cleaned by Dry Cleaning.
The dry cleaning process is a very effective method of cleaning wedding gowns. Make sure you know your dress material and whether or not it will be safe for the solvent your cleaner uses. Your wedding gown specialist will help with this decision, aided by the care labels in the dress and her years of experience working with wedding gowns.
Selecting a Wedding Gown Specialist
The best way to know if a dry cleaner is qualified to clean and preserve your wedding dress is to find out if it is a member of the Association of Wedding Gown Specialists. Members maintain high technical standards and support guarantees of the members throughout the United States and several other countries, including Mexico and Australia. If you don't have a member in your area, find out how many gowns the dry cleaner normally cleans in a year. Look for one that regularly cleans 100 gowns a year or more. Also talk with your married friends to find out about their experience.
The process you choose for cleaning and preserving your dress will be almost as important as the one made when choosing the dress. Removing stains and keeping the dress looking as great for years to come are major concerns in your wedding gown preservation.
You invested in that perfect gown. Now you can invest in the perfect gown preservation.