How To Clean Your Wedding Dress
How To Clean Your Wedding Dress
A wedding dress is an extremely special garment, as it will always remind you of the fun moments on the most important day of your life. It is normal that after the wedding, the dress is left with some stains that are difficult to remove. They are usually sweat stains, food stains, or in general stains that remain after dancing all night.
We know you put a lot of time and effort into planning your wedding and you want to keep your wedding dress in top condition so that you will remember your wedding forever. Many people often take it to the dry cleaner to remove stains and then store it to keep it spotless for years to come. However, this is not the best option. In this article, we show you step by step how you can clean your wedding dress efficiently without mistreating it.
The first thing you should check is the label of the materials your wedding dress is made of and read the washing instructions. If your wedding dress has delicate materials, you should take it to a place where they will help you clean it without mistreating the delicate materials.
Wedding dresses are generally long, so expect the dirtiest section of the dress to be the bottom. Soak only the tail of the dress and the entire bottom section in a bowl of soapy water for a couple of hours to gradually work the dirt out. Hang the rest of the dress so that the hem and the tail is the only part of the dress that gets wet. Once this time has passed, with the help of a toothbrush and detergent, gently scrub the entire bottom of the dress in circular motions.
Normally wedding dresses are divided into two parts. If this is the case, flip the top part of the wedding dress over so you can clean it. As in the previous step, use some detergent and a toothbrush to scrub the inside of the garment. If you notice any stains on the outside of the garment, gently scrub with the toothbrush.
Wedding dresses usually have all kinds of stains. The most common and most difficult to remove are grease and food stains. For these types of stains, using a liquid stain remover is much more effective than using conventional washing techniques. The liquid stain remover will help soften the stains so you can remove them more easily. Spray some of the stain remover on the garment and leave it on the stain for a few minutes before rubbing or scrubbing. If you rub the garment too soon, the stains may spread and be even more difficult to remove.
Once the soap and stain remover have had their time to work, you can rinse your wedding dress. Fill a large bowl or your bathtub with room temperature water and submerge the entire dress in it. Gently move the submerged dress back and forth in the water, this will help the leftover detergent separate from the dress. Be very careful when performing this step as you could damage the dress or detach the appliqués of your wedding dress. It is important to have a lot of patience to get the detergent completely out of the fabric of your dress.
It's time to let your wedding dress dry. At this point, the dress can be very heavy due to the water and the amount of fabric it is made from. Hang your wedding dress in a place where it can drain the water without hassle. Once it is no longer draining water, let it dry normally in a place where it will not get sunlight.
Finally, iron your wedding dress. Some wedding dresses have sequins, rhinestones or appliqués that make it difficult to iron with a traditional iron. I recommend using a steamer for this step. Using a steamer will remove all the wrinkles without mistreating it and will leave it as good as new. Another option is to let it dry with the help of the steam from the shower. It may take longer but it will certainly give you the same results as using the steamer.