You have a great deal invested in your bridal gown, and you want to make sure that the person you choose for wedding dress cleaning and preservation puts as much care into their work as you did selecting your gown. Asking the cleaner several questions before you choose their services helps confirm they will do a great job cleaning and preserving your precious wedding gown.
Will My Dress be Cleaned Separately?
If the answer to this question is "YES" - leave immediately. If a dry-cleaner cleans your dress along with other items as a single load, they don't know what they are doing. These batches might include shirts, suits, other dresses, and a range of colored items. You want to select a professional who will clean your dress separately from other items, because proper wedding dress cleaning requires individual attention.
What is Your Stain Removal Process?
Hiring a company that specializes in wedding gown cleaning and preservation is essential to ensuring stains are found and removed correctly. Many stains, such as sugar and acid, will dry clear but turn yellow or brown with time. Knowing how to properly remove mud or soil from the hem line of a silk gown requires technical knowledge. An uneducated dry cleaner might not know how to use water to remove hem soil on a dry clean only dress.
Do You Seal the Gown in a Preservation Box?
You might want your gown preservation chest to be sealed so that no one accidentally opens it and handles your dress. Sealing the gown also prevents pests from getting into the box during storage and destroying it. But if you can protect it, you don't have to seal to chest. In fact, occasional inspection of the dress and refolding to protect against creases becoming permanent are good practices. Every three to five years is about right for this.
Can I Inspect My Gown Before Preservation?
Inspecting your wedding dress before it is placed in the preservation box should be a given. You want to see the whole thing, and not just the parts you can see through the box’s window. During this inspection, if you see any stains or other issues the cleaner missed, they should be addressed before your wedding dress is sealed.
Do You Guarantee Your Work?
Any wedding dress cleaning and preservation services you purchase should be guaranteed. You should ask what the guarantee covers, how long it lasts and where will the guarantee be supported. Here is a ink to our International Guarantee supported by a network of Certified Wedding gown Specialists nationwide and numerous countries outside the USA...in case you move away from your dry cleaner.
Knowing what to expect will go a long way in choosing a bridal gown cleaner who will treat your dress with the respect and care it deserves. Proper wedding dress cleaning guarantees that your gown will stay beautiful for years to come if you store it properly.