Cleaning Your Wedding Dress

by Karen Bates
(last updated October 8, 2018)

On your big day, you might not be thinking much about what to do about your wedding dress after the wedding is actually over. But it is important to take proper care of your wedding gown after the event in to ensure that you prevent stains and dirt from settling into the fabric and keep the dress in great overall condition for many years.

Over the years, a garment that is simply left on a hanger in the back of the closet isn't going to stand the test of time. Fabric may become yellowed, insects or other critters may get into the dress, and humidity and other conditions may work to deteriorate your once-perfect wedding gown. Leaving stains on the dress without treating and cleaning them will only make them more difficult to remove later on, so if you want to hold on to your dress and keep it in good condition, cleaning and preserving it is your best option.

Cleaning and preserving your wedding dress is vital if you are planning on keeping the dress for a long time. If you are hoping to sell the dress later on, it is still a good idea to have it cleaned so the next owner will receive the dress in good condition. In order to do this, the first step will be to find a professional cleaner that you can trust with your dress.

When searching for the right cleaner, there are a few things that you should keep in mind. First of all, what is your budget? Various cleaning methods can differ in price, and whether or not you have the dress preserved or just cleaned will be reflected in the price. Also find out if the cleaning establishment has a good reputation for cleaning wedding gowns. Some places even specialize in this kind of cleaning, and may be more knowledgeable about the process than other cleaners. If you need repairs done on the dress, you will need to find out if the cleaner you are looking at offers this service, and how much they will charge (if anything).

Try to take you dress in for cleaning as soon as possible after the wedding. This helps ensure that all stains will be removed, and that your dress will go into storage (and come out again later) in great condition. Do a little research on potential cleaners before you make your final choice.

Author Bio

Karen Bates

An English student who enjoys writing and art, Karen has had her poetry published in her university's literary journal and has several novels in the works. ...

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