Your wedding dress smells, um, not great for two reasons: when you get it new from your bridal store and after it has been dry-cleaned. Let's delve into the 'why' of these reasons and what you can do about them.
Many wedding gowns are made overseas. They are subsequently treated for insects--any bugs accidentally placed in the gown packaging will perish due to the chemicals used on the gowns. This odor is described as "fishy" and otherwise very distinct. In other words, you will definitely know if you have smelled it.
All garments transported to the United States must undergo this treatment to avoid insect problems. Manufacturers are still very careful about ensuring clean wedding gown packaging, it is merely a precaution. The odor has usually disappeared by the time the dress reaches U.S. soil. If it still smells a little off, simply air the thing in a ventilated space. The odor will vanish.
Dry Cleaning Smell
Dry cleaning solvents have the power to pick up a wide variety of odors, especially if the solvent is old. The older the solvent, the more concentrated the odor. Since dry cleaners place fabrics and garments together for cleaning, it is not uncommon for dresses and other clothing to pick up each other's odors.
Filters placed on dry cleaning equipment to keep the solvents clean also contribute to dress odors. If filter cleaning is not a frequent practice, the solvent smell becomes more concentrated. Both filters and cleaning solvents are expensive, so dry cleaners use them until they just can't use them anymore. This can result in a noticeable solvent odor on your gown. Airing the gown out in your home with the windows open will remove the odor, as will using fabric spray. Follow manufacturer directions for best results.
Remember, the odor will disappear! It just takes a little time, that's all.
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Review the exclusive features each kit comes with:
Send your dress to the company headquarters to undergo six thorough checks. This includes the initial check-in, dry cleaning, spot removal, beading and hemming inspection, and pressing. Your gown gets the star treatment to ensure perfect preservation.
Preservation Bust & Box
Keep your dress preserved in a special preservation box that includes a bust. The bust is essential to maintaining gown integrity for years upon years. The box features a UV-protected window, a water-resistant finish, and room for other preserved items such as your shoes or veil.
Wear white gloves courtesy of The Wedding Preservation Company to use whenever when you inspect your dress. Use them as soon as you receive your gown in the mail to make certain everything is just right.
Enjoy a 100-year warranty on your wedding dress when you invest in this preservation kit. Your dress will never yellow. Ever.
Receive free shipping with this kit--ship it for free to the preservation studio and forget paying for shipping when the dress is mailed back to you. All you get is high-quality cleaning and preservation--that's it!
Give yourself the wonderful gift of this wedding gown preservation kit. Your dress will remain as beautiful as it was on the day you got married...always.
It happened. Your wedding gown got stained during the craziness of the reception. Rather than having a mini panic attack, use the following pre-stain tips for treating common Big Day dress disasters. It will help your dry cleaners out considerably!
Soak the affected area in cold water to remove chocolate proteins from the gown and otherwise loosen the stain. Use dishwasher detergent to gently scrub the area. You may want to use a clean toothbrush, but take care not to scrub too vigorously, as you will damage the gown's fibers.
Place frozen peas or other frozen, packaged food next to the wax on your gown. Let it freeze the wax for a few hours before chipping away at the stuff with a spoon. Do not us a knife, as you could damage the dress fibers or create a hole. Once you're finished chippin', put the affected area on your ironing board. Place an old towel you don't care about ruining over the gown and set your iron on top of the towel for 20 to 30 seconds. The heat should pull the wax away from the dress. The towel absorbs it.
Spray a white vinegar mixture (2/3 water to 1/3 vinegar) on tea, coffee, or soda dress stains. Let the mixture stand for a minute before gently rubbing the gown with a soft, clean toothbrush or cloth.
Keep these tips in mind to prepare your dress for the dry cleaner! Know of any other wedding gown pre-stain tips? Share them in the comments!