Post # 1
I bought a “recycled” wedding dress and it needs to be cleaned. I am not excited about paying out the wazoo to have it chemically cleaned as I have been researching and “dry” cleaning doesn’t remove some things, but I am not having any luck in finding anything on wet washing a silk wedding dress 🙁
I have a Maggie Sottero silk dress with ample glass beads, she is beautiful and everything I wished for in a dress, but she has dirty spots from the previous bride (which i expected) but she also has a few spots on the front of the dress, that could pasta sauce but not sure.
I have read everyone’s post about handwashing them in the tub to going to the laundry mat to tho it in a machine… with it being silk, what will happen if I go the washing machine route? I have to have it altered and steemed yet anyway so what could it hurt??
C’mon bee’s help a sista out.lol
Post # 3
I’m in the same situation, I want to know too!!!
Post # 4
@farmgirlnfarmboy:The washing maching will destroy it. I had a nice silk shirt with no fancy detailing/beading, just stiching and the machine ruined the shirt. Just pay the money. One wedding. It’s worth it.
Otherwise, handwash, very carefully. It will take you a very long time. I have some other silk clothes I wash in the tub, I clean the tub out first, and then rinse the tub several times, so there is no cleaner left in it. Then follow the directions on your special silk cleaning solution, and rub the fabric against itself to scrub (not outside sponges or anything). Find a place you can very carefully lay it flat.
I don’t know how you’ll do that and prevent wrinkles if it is a full dress. You may have to borrow a steam cleaner afterwards.
Post # 5
People have been washing silk since long before the chemical dry cleaning process was invented. There is nothing wrong with washing silk.
Now, with that said, most designers are too cheap to pre-wash their fabrics. Why something is usually dry clean only is because the polyester lining will not shrink with the natural fabrics…which wouldn’t shrink if they were pre washed.
With beading, DO NOT put it in the washing machine!!!! The silk will be fine, the beading will take a beating. Also, do not use the dryer, the heat will do damage. You HAVE to hand wash. But HOW depends on what kind of silk is it. Satin, charmuse, dupioni, hammerd, failie, tulle?
Post # 6
Wondering what ever happened with this? I just bought a sample gown too and it needs to be cleaned. Mine is silk and I am curious what you ended up doing?
Post # 7
@marame: i replied to your post with a pic of my dress…
For the rest of the bees coming across this… I did wash my dress at the laundry matt in a front load washer…made a clothing bag from table cloths and threw in some woolite and turned it on a gentle cycle…
I will admit it was a pretty stressful 20 mins, but my dress turned out fabulous! no beading was ruined or anything.
just need to have alterations and a steaming…there were no more wrinkles in the dress than what I started with in the first place, so they will steam it all perfect!
so it cost me $3.50 for a small bottle of woolite and $4.75 for the washer…done… no $500 cleaning bill and is probably cleaner that any dry cleaner would have done…
Post # 8
@farmgirlnfarmboy: seriously?! $8 and your dress didn’t suffer at all?! My dress is pretty thick ((Duchess silk)) and has crystal buttons that I’m sure would scratch the other silk parts but you say woolite worked well? Is there a reason you went with that brand?
I don’t mind getting a garment steamer (should have one anyway! haha) but MAN I want to avoid the cost/anxiety of having it cleaned by “the professionals”