Cleaning Your Wedding Dress? A Comprehensive Guide.

A wedding dress is a once in a lifetime garment with happy memories, a hefty price tag and sentimental value attached to it. It’s possibly your most expensive item of clothing and deserves to be kept in pristine condition, even after the wedding day.

Whether you’re holding on to your precious dress because it’s a family heirloom, for your daughter or just as a memento of your special day, it’s worth knowing how to clean and maintain it.

It doesn’t matter if it’s a vintage dress with a long trail, a decadent ball gown or contemporary pantsuit, all wedding dresses deserve to be treated with care. To help you decide on how best to maintain your cherished garment, we’ve created this expert guide on how to clean your wedding dress.

Can I clean my wedding dress at home?

There’s no getting around it, washing your wedding dress at home is risky. You may be tempted to hand wash it but with delicate fabrics and intricate stitching you could end up making matters worse by tampering with it yourself. Plus, you’re likely to have a few wine or mud stains after your wedding, so it’s definitely worth leaving it to the professionals.

Cleaning it yourself might seem like a cost-effective option but you’ve probably already spent a lot of money on it, so it’s worth maintaining it properly even after the big day. If you are particularly confident, there are a few methods that might be worth trying.

How do you remove a stain from a wedding dress?

If you’re adamant that you can fix the stains on your wedding dress, or don’t have time to get it to the dry cleaners, then there are a few things you should know before you begin.  

Here are some of the top tips:

Wedding Dress Stain Removal Tip 1:

Don’t rub or scrub the stain – it may spread or force the stain deeper into the fabric.

Wedding Dress Stain Removal Tip 2:

Apply stain remover to under the hem first – to make sure it doesn’t affect the colour.

Wedding Dress Stain Removal Tip 3:

Don’t use harsh stain removers – they’re likely to lead to discolouration.

Wedding Dress Stain Removal Tip 4:

Avoid the washing machine – regardless of the cleaning instructions, washing machines are likely to be crinkle, discolour and maybe even destroy parts of your dress.

Obviously, different stains require different treatments and it’s worth knowing how to handle each kind of stain. Plus, although a stain may be removed, it’s a good idea to clean the dress entirely before putting it into storage to maintain its colour, shape and scent.

Read more: How to remove last minute wedding gown stains

How do dry cleaners clean wedding dresses?

If you don’t feel comfortable trying to clean your wedding dress yourself, it’s worth getting a professional dry cleaning service to handle your much-loved garment. They will know exactly how to handle it and apply the right products for the specific fabric, stitching and style.

There’s no one-size-fits-all approach to properly clean a wedding dress. In general, dry cleaners will be able to ensure that your garment is cared for in a delicate and appropriate way, making sure to avoid any abrasive cleaning products with strong odours, so you can enjoy it for years to come. Increasingly, dry cleaners now also use wet cleaning methods which can be more effective and environmentally friendly than dry cleaning.

What’s the average cost to dry clean a wedding dress?

If you’re thinking of keeping your wedding dress for your daughter or family member, it’s worth seering the cleaning process as an investment. Sure, using a professional dry cleaner will cost more than cleaning it at home, but if you really want to enjoy the dress in the future it’s well worth the extra cost.

Prices will vary depending on the size, style and fabric of the dress. In general, prices range from around £75 to £200, although for particularly sensitive materials, such as lace, they may charge more. As a general rule, if a dry cleaning service is asking for less than £50, you should question their process and whether they actually have the appropriate products for the task.

How do you preserve a wedding dress after the wedding?

Preserving your dress properly after the wedding is the first step to prevent discolouration. It’s best to get it cleaned professional immediately after the big day and then to store it in the correct way so that your dress maintains its look. If possible, ask a professional dry cleaner to clean and box your dress for you. Or, if you’d like to store it yourself, follow these steps:

Wedding dress preservation tip 1:

Use an acid-free box to store your dress

Wedding dress preservation tip 2:

Gently wrap the dress in acid-free tissue paper

Wedding dress preservation tip 3:

Prevent fabric friction by placing the paper in the sleeves and in any crevices

Wedding dress preservation tip 4:

Store in a cool, dark and dry space

Wedding dress preservation tip 5

Check the dress once a year and inspect for any mildew, holes, stains or discoloration.

Read more: How to keep wedding dresses from turning yellow

Lavando and your wedding dress

Lavando is a bespoke, high-end dry cleaning service that offers the highest level of care for wedding dresses. Our expert cleaning process is guaranteed to leave your dress in immaculate condition for years to come.

After a short consultation with you, we will arrange for your dress to be picked up from your home so you don’t have to worry about transporting it. Then, it will go through our intricate 6-stage cleaning process that will leave your dress looking as good as new.

We know that your wedding gown is precious and we’ll take the utmost care in handling this special garment. So if you want to keep your wedding dress in perfect condition after your wedding day, be sure to contact Lavando.

If you have any more questions or would like to discuss your wedding dress cleaning and preservation, do not hesitate to contact us on [email protected] or 02038130724.


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