You have now walked both up and down the aisle, so has your wedding dress. Having your dress cleaned after your wedding might not be your first priority but it does not have to be an intimidating task. Cleaning your wedding dress is something that you can easily accomplish in your own home.
Know Your Fabric
- If your dress has an all-over, fairly simple fabric, you can place the dress in a large garment bag and machine wash on a delicate cycle.
- Silk fabric and beading are very sensitive. Beading embellishments can melt from too high of heat or chemicals used at a professional laundry mat. It is recommended to hand wash this type of fabric.
- Heavy fabric such as taffeta or lace will also require a delicate hand washing.
Hand Wash at Home
You will need:
- Stain removing pen/bar
- Gentle hand-washing detergent
- Carpet spot remover
- Pre-wash stain remover
- Start with a spot treatment. Look over the dress and remove any small stains with the stain removing pen or bar.
- Pre-treat any large stains with the carpet spot remover and pre-wash stain remover.
- Next, soak the dress. Do this by filling up your bathtub with cold water and the gentle hand-wash detergent. If it is mostly the train and hem of the dress that has seen the most “traffic” put your dress on a clothes hanger and submerge just the bottom half into the tub. Let it soak overnight.
- After you have let the dress soak use a soft cloth to gently scrub away any remaining dirt.
- Now you will want to soak your dress one final time. Start by re-making a tub of water and detergent. Soak for just a few hours this time around. While the dress is soaking go back through the bodice area to check for any more stains you can easily remove with the stain pen.
- Make any repairs to loose appliques or beading, if you feel comfortable doing so.
- Rinse out your dress well with cold water.
- Lastly hang the dress to dry, preferably outside if the weather allows, draped nicely on a drying rack.
Your wedding dress should now be just as beautiful and stain-free as the day you got it. Have you cleaned your wedding dress by yourself? What methods worked for you?