Your big day is almost here, and you know you want to preserve your wedding dress. This doesn't mean you have to limit wedding day fun because you are so gosh-darn worried about staining your dress, but you can take a few precautions. Take advantage of the following tips...and remember to have fun on Nuptials Day!
Bring The Right Tools
Keep a stash of safety pins in your makeup bag on your wedding day for emergency use as needed. You may need one for a broken zipper, bustle loop, or torn strap. Whatever you do, do not use tape or staples, as both could easily damage your dress.
Know Your Fabric
Gain a thorough understanding of your wedding dress fabric prior to your big day. For example, a dress made of a synthetic fabric such as polyester will usually survive a spot treatment. Water-soluble stains such as coffee, tea, and mud will usually come out of synthetic fabric when dabbed with cool water. Do not use water on silk or rayon, and DO NOT rub the stain. Spots can also be disguised with baby powder, baking soda, or cornstarch.
Let The Professionals Handle It
Keep in mind it is best to leave stain treatment to the professionals unless said stain is so large and noticeable you might as well change out of the dress. Inorganic stains such as those from makeup or grease can be treated with a solvent such as lighter fluid, however such fluids can also damage the dye within the dress fabric. Perform a spot test on a hidden area of the dress, or just leave the stain be. Organic and inorganic stains should be left to the professionals for best results.
Take your gown to a specialist for preservation--they know what they are doing and will ensure your dress comes back stain-free, beautiful, and ready for storage.
Team Wedding has been an authorized dealer for The Wedding Gown Preservation Company since 2002. We wanted to use this section to help people learn more about wedding dress preservation.