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Emergency Wedding Gown Stain Care

Posted by David Whitehurst on May 5, 2011

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Your wedding gown is likely the finest dress you'll evey wear.  But with all the festivities surrounding a wedding, your gown will be exposed to more than it's share of stains.

No matter how many steps we take to protect our wedding dresses, sometimes it's impossible to avoid a mess!  Unfortunately, this can be a show-stopping event, leaving many brides with a disappointed and unsatisfied feeling about their special day.  Sometimes even a mere spot on a bridesmaid’s dress can add unnecessary stress to the wedding party.  Fortunately, however, there are some things that can be done to improve the situation if this ever happens to you on your wedding day.


In order to prepare for bridal dress problems, make sure you keep the following items close at hand:

  • Cotton towels in the color of the wedding dress
  • Dress-colored chalk
  • Baby powder
  • Stain removing towelettes
  • Rubbing Alcohol (denatured)
  • Cotton swabs
  • Tape

If you can gather these items, then you are one step closer to making sure everyone's dresses look great on the special day.  Remember to gather white materials for white wedding dresses, while paying close attention to the wedding party when preparing to clean bridesmaid's dresses.

When treating a spot or blotch, remember to always dab, and never rub!  While rubbing could make the stain worse, even spreading it to other parts of the bridal gown, dabbing will be more effective in eliminating and treating the stain.

Specific Dilemmas

When trying to overcome stain problems, keep in mind that silk wedding dresses require different treatment than polyester wedding dresses.  Always avoid treating a silk wedding dress with water.  Polyester dresses respond well to water.

Red wine is the leading cause of bridal gown stains, but that means that brides have been figuring out how to remove these stains for years!  Use the towel to absorb as much of the wine as possible.  Soak the towel in warm water first and dap from the outside of the stain toward the middle.  For a quick fix, cover the remaining spot with chalk.

Grass stains are common with outdoor weddings.  A little dishwashing liquid mixed 50:50 with water will work wonders on polyester wedding gowns while the silk gowns will respond to denatured rubbing alcohol.

Dust grease stains with baby powder to absorb and cover oil.  This will also work for foundation and other make-up rub off.  For bridesmaid's dresses, try to use colored chalk that can be ground into powder.

No matter how much care is put into taking care of a bridal dress or bridesmaid's dress, it is likely that something will go wrong somewhere along the line.  But by following these steps it doesn't have to ruin your special day!

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Topics: Bridal Gowns, wedding dress stains, Wedding Dresses, wedding gown care

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