Post # 1
Apparently, the beading on my dress makes it impossible to dry clean. They said the beads would melt.
Sooo…there’s another place we can take the dress but according to my mom they want $225 to clean it and I guess another $100 to preserve it? So basically they want $325. Bear in mind…my dress cost $600….
Is that pretty reasonable? I’ve obviously never done this before. Does anyone have any suggestions for other ways to clean it? The dry cleaner said we could just wash it with some Woolite or something iirc.
Post # 3
I don’t know about washing it yourself. I didn’t know they were that expensive to clean though.
Post # 4
I found a local cleaner in the area that sent it away to be preserved. It was around $250 for cleaning, preservation, and boxing. I think the name of the company is called Prestige Preservation. http://www.prestigepreservation.com/orderform.htm
Post # 5
If the dry cleaner says you can wash it yourself then do it. I have read a lot about washing wedding dresses by hand because many dry cleaners refuse to clean a dress that has lots of beading or pearls or similar, or they make you sign a form that says there is no guarantee that the dress “survives” and they are not responsible for damages.
I did wash two wedding dresses myself. One was made of 100% Polyester and i washed it in the washing machine. No damage. The other one was made of “english net”, that’s how Watters calls their tulle fabric and it’s a mixture of acetate and polyester (or nylon?) fibres. Hand-washed it in the bath tub, no damage.
Post # 6
I shopped around for quotes before I settled on a Dry Cleaners.
I chose not to preserve my dress and just dry clean it for now.
I figured it’s gonna get yellow in a few years, so I might as well get half my money back and give it another bride.
Post # 7
I handwashed my beaded lace dress at home with regular laundry soap and it turned out great. I had found a posting about it being possible, and I posted about it here. I haven’t done anything in the way of preservation, but I googled DIY dress preservation and came up with a few tips: ie. wrap in acid free tissue paper, etc. I will probably do that eventually too.