Before the wedding, your dress is one of the most important points of attention, but somehow, after the wedding, your gown gets hung in the closet and becomes an after-thought.
“Oh yes, I need to get my gown cleaned… someday.”
You have probably invested more in this single garment than in any other garment you have ever purchased… and, your wedding dress was only worn one time.
You definitely want to protect your investment and not wait too long to have your wedding dress cleaned after your wedding.
While we generally don’t recommend it, if there are no major spills or stains on your wedding dress, you may be able to wait up to 6 months to clean it without any major cleaning issues.
If you do have visible spills or stains on the gown, the sooner you have it cleaned, the better, so the fibers will not become embedded with the soil and perhaps change color, making the stain removal more difficult – or impossible.
There will generally always be hemline soil… floor dirt is light gray in color. Darker stains or spots on the hemline will occur if you walk outside, through a parking lot, across a street, on the grass, in the woods or any other area where the hemline will pick up what is on the ground.
If you have a dance floor at your reception, and it appears to be wooden or parquet, it probably will have some type of oil on it to make it shine, as wax would make it slippery. Oil can become embedded in the fibers of your wedding dress hemline, and when mixed with the floor dirt now makes a composition of soil that if left uncleaned can turn color over time. It may even damage the fabric along the hemline of the wedding dress.
Soil that is not removed timely reacts much like an apple when cut and left in the air for a while… it starts to turn brown in color. The same applies to clothing stains… not so quickly… generally over time… years, but if on your 5th anniversary, you decide to get your gown out to see if it still fits, and to your surprise, you may find ugly brown spots down the front. These generally are the results of invisible stains… stains you can’t see when they originally occurred, but ultimately show up over time.
If you decide to sell your wedding dress or keep it, it should be cleaned and preserved.
If you are selling your gown, the gown specialists at Wedding Gown Care help. We can provide photos of the gown, along with the major important measurements, especially if you have had it altered so that you can provide a buyer with key information to perhaps close your sale more easily (and get more money for it!).
Wedding Gown Care will also provide a letter stating how and when the gown was cleaned to verify that someone is purchasing a cleaned wedding dress.
Our wedding gown preservation services guarantee that your dress will be as beautiful as it was on your wedding day years later.
Don’t just hang your wedding dress in a dress bag in your closet after your wedding – that would be a huge mistake!
Proper wedding dress preservation is an intricate process that requires proper packing, high-quality archival quality boxing, and proper sealing.