Before and after your wedding day
- Try getting your dress cleaned within a couple of weeks after use. This reduces the chance of stains setting (a process known as oxidisation), and increases the likelihood of cleaning becoming a success.
- Never store the dress without getting it cleaned. Stains caused by perspiring and drink spillage may not show, but will affect the fabric as they evaporate.
- If you do spill something on the day, gently blot the spillage rather than rub, rubbing can stress the fabric causing permanent damage. The dry cleaner should have earliest opportunity of removing stains.
- Choose a dry cleaner specialising in cleaning wedding dresses. His experience will pay dividends
- You can request to see the dress upon delivery. We can then discuss further cleaning if possible. However, it is not possible to achieve perfect results on every occasion. Be wary of a cleaner who offers miracles without seeing the garment.
- Select a dry cleaner before the big day. This way you can be prepared for the unexpected. Prompt treatment can produce best results. You can also leave the dress in our care while you enjoy your honeymoon.
- Labels are very important to the specialist dry cleaner they contain all the necessary information. Try not to remove or loose them.
- Beads and trimmings. Wedding dress are often embellished with add on items for elegance, which cause problems for the dry cleaner. Beads can often melt in cleaning process. A dry cleaner of repute will test these before cleaning. It is a good idea to discuss with the maker of your wedding dress these decorative items before cleaning to obtain care instructions. This can assist in reducing damage to these items.
Your dress has been cleaned – Storage Tips
- Avoid storing your dress in the dry cleaner’s protective plastic. Chemicals from the plastic will discolour fabrics over time.
- Never store your dress in a plastic box. Plastic can trap moisture and cause mildew.
- It advisable to remove pins before putting the dress away. Rust marks will appear caused by oxidisation.
- If the dress is to be boxed ask to have it packed in acid fress tissue paper. This helps prevent the dress yellowing. However, it is sometimes impossible to prevent yellowing all of the time.
- Occasionally check that the dress not deteriorating through the way its being stored. Refold the folded dress from time to prevent creases permanently setting.
- It is important that the fabric is allowed to breathe. A constant humidity level around the dress reduces the likelihood of mildew or mould developing.
- A good place to store your dress is in a wardrobe or under the bed; heated areas of the house do not suffer high humidity level and have a steady heat level. For this reason your wedding dress should NOT be stored in an attic or basement. Fluctuating temperatures will encourage risk of deterioration.
- Ensure that the dress is stored in the dark. UV light and artificial light will cause the fabric to deteriorate and fade as the years pass.
Following these tips will help you gain pleasure from your wedding dress for many years to come.