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Tips for Preserving Your Wedding Gown...
After the wedding, many brides struggle with what to do with
their precious wedding gown that so fondly represents that
special day. Since most brides Alfred Angelo 16707 prefer to
treasure the memories of their wedding day by keeping their
wedding dress (possibly handing it down to a daughter, special
niece, god child or grand daughter, or even re-wearing it to
renew their vows), it is important to understand the proper
methods of cleaning and storing your gown so it can last for
centuries to come.
Should I have my gown cleaned?
Whether you decide to keep your gown, donate it or sell it, it is
important to consider having it cleaned and preserved as soon as
possible to maintain its beauty and value. Caramelized sugar
stains from cake icing, white wine, Alfred Angelo 16708
champagne or soft drinks will leave unsightly brown spots/stains if
they are not thoroughly removed from the fabric in a timely
manner. Perspiration, deodorant, hairspray, perfumes, body
lotions and cosmetics can cause discoloration as well. Most of
these are not readily visible to the naked eye can also cause
damage to the fabric of the gown. Left untreated they can be
difficult to impossible to remove over time. As a result, it is highly
recommended that you have your gown cleaned and preserved by
a reputable professional as soon as possible after your wedding.
What is the difference between dry cleaning and preservation?
Dry cleaning provides a basic cleaning of obvious dirt and stains.
However, it does not protect against the long term yellowing,
fabric deterioration, or invisible stains that can surface over time
and ruin your precious gown. It is important to find a highly
reputable and experienced preservation service that will carefully
examine each gown individually Alfred Angelo 16714 under
special lighting and hand treat all stains with gentle yet effective
chemicals. They should also treat the fabric with against yellowing
and other discolorations with an anti-sugar treatment. Proper
cleaning and preservation will permanently remove both visible
and invisible stains, as well as protect the fabric from deterioration,
so your gown will look just as beautiful as the day you first tried it
How much will it cost?
Top quality preservation by a highly reputable company does not have to be
expensive. Although some companies will charge upwards of $800 for museum
quality preservation, you can get the same high quality for around $150 - $250
if you do your homework. Most dry cleaners will charge as much, if not more,
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How long can I wait to have my dress cleaned and preserved?
Since stains can cause damage to a fabric over time, it is recommended that
you have your dress professionally cleaned and preserved as soon after the
wedding as is practical. Generally, you can safely wait up to six months after
the ceremony. Some brides have waited longer, but it is not recommended as it
may start to yellow, the fabric may begin to deteriorate and some stains may
not come out at all as they settle into the fabric. Until you send in your gown to
be cleaned and preserved, it is best to keep it in a dark (unexposed to sunlight),
dry place, folded or rolled in a clean white sheet. Hanging your dress on a
hanger is not recommended as it can cause stress to the fabric and create
distortion. Do not store your gown in plastic such as a garment bag. Plastic can
emit gases that will tend to yellow the fabric.
Will my dress be vacuum sealed if I have it preserved?
Vacuum sealing is never recommended for preserving fabrics of
any kind. Professional textile curators always recommend that a
fabric be allowed to "breathe". Vacuum sealing traps moisture in
the box, promoting mold and mildew growth, which will stain and
weaken the fibers of your dress. If stored in plastic that is not acid
free, as time passes it can accumulate Alfred Angelo 16717
gasses that will harm the fabric, causing it to yellow and
deteriorate. A reputable preservation service will use special acid-
free or PH balanced breathable cardboard and tissue, or museum
quality muslin, to package your gown, as well as an acid free
window (to see your gown) for these reasons.
How should I store my gown after I have it preserved? Once your gown has
been cleaned and preserved by a reputable professional it is also important that
you continue to store your gown properly. Your gown should be stored in a
room where the temperature and humidity levels are constant, such as a guest
room or spare closet. Never store your dress in the attic or basement where
there are extreme changes in temperature and/or humidity. The storage box
should also lay flat if possible. If you decide to remove your gown from the
preservation box, be sure to wash your hands thoroughly when handling the
gown to protect the fabric from natural oils on your hands. Check on your gown
once a year to make sure it is still in good condition. Most companies will
provide a guarantee against yellowing and will restore your gown for free if you
have stored it Alfred Angelo 1708 properly.
Other Options Although most brides keep and treasure their wedding gowns for
a lifetime, if should you decide to part with your precious gown, below are some
resources for selling or donating your wedding dress that may help contribute to
making someone else's dream wedding come true.