CHOOSING THE BEST CLEANING METHOD FOR YOUR DRESS
Choosing the Best Cleaning Method for Your Dress
How can you clean your dress and keep it looking fantastic? There are several options of brides. No matter which option you choose, try to have it done as soon as possible, if you can. However, even if you did not do it as soon as possible, or you are working with a very expensive or old gown, there may still be options for you. In this article, we will look at each option, the process, who should use each process, and more. Hopefully, this will help!
If you do not care much about your gown (for instance, it was inexpensive, casual, and not delicate) you may want to clean it yourself. Remember that cleaning it yourself may result in later staining. If your dress is made of organza, silk, or taffeta, this is probably not the best method, as you may experience loss of shape, damage, and more. Avoid harsh, abrasive materials, like hard brushes, or the use of chemicals like bleach. Damage done with either of these methods is not likely to be reversible. You could rip your dress, pull the fabric, or entirely ruin it.
Online is, by far, a hugely preferable method to others. You can do it just by sending your dress off. Reputable preservationists have the right equipment to preserve your dress, no matter the price or age. They will usually send you a box (which you can pre-order) to ship your dress, veil, shoes, and purse in as soon as you are ready. Most of these services cost under $200, no matter what type of dress you are working with. Look for businesses that have been doing this for a while, and that other brides recommend. You can often find reviews for them.
A local dry cleaner is another option. Many of them, however, simply ship off your dress. Ask the business you are considering if this is the case. If so, ask them who they will send it to, and do it yourself. You can save lots of money this way. Feel free to ask about if they offer any guarantee of their work, and from recommendations from others. If they package a dress for you, ask that it not be hung, as this could damage a very delicate dress. Ask, if possible, if they can place it in a preservation box.
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