Off White Elegant Wedding Dresses and Tips on How to Clean Them
Preserving and storing your wedding gown may be the last thing on your mind as you walk down the aisle. Actually, it is an important part of planning your wedding. Properly cleaning and preserving your off white elegant wedding dresses will ensure it looks as dazzling in 20 years as it does on your wedding day.
The first you have to know is about acid which becomes one of the culprits of damaged wedding dresses. To prevent it from attacking your precious heirloom, be sure to store your dress in acid-free storage boxes and wrap it with acid-free tissue paper. If you’re having a professional pack your off white elegant wedding dresses you can request that he use these materials as well.
You must avoid storing the box in such places as basements or attics. The variation in temperature from extreme heat to extreme cold can affect the gown. Mold and mildew could grow on off white elegant wedding dresses. After you know those little things, you can start clean your dress.
The first step is you need to interview dry cleaners and ask about their cleaning procedures for wedding gowns. Are the fabrics treated differently? What special care do they take so buttons and sequins stay in place? Do they have references from brides whose gowns they have cleaned? Most textile experts will want to look at the gown and examine the materials before making any guarantees. Dry cleaners should use different products and stain removal processes on different fabrics, such as lace, chiffon and silk.
Then, on the second step, you don’t have to wait when you need to clean the wedding gown. Have the gown dry-cleaned within six months of the ceremony. Ask a family member or maid of honor to take the gown to your dry cleaning specialist if you are leaving right away for your honeymoon. Lifting stains, both visible and invisible ones, is best performed as soon as possible. You can also ask the cleaner to store the gown in an acid-free box rather than on hangers, as recommended by the Minnesota Historical Society.
The third step is to store the gown in normal living conditions, such as a bedroom closet. Remember to avoid cellars and attics, as these areas often have extreme temperatures that can affect fabric. Also, do not store your gown in cedar closets or trunks; the cedar will release acidic gases that can affect the gown’s fragile material.
Finally, refold the dress once or twice a year so creases do not permanently form. Use white acid-free tissue paper between folds and layers.