(Closed) Gown cleaning

posted 10 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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56 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2008

I can’t recommend a cleaner, but what is the fabric and type of soiling? My sample dress is just dirty on the hem, and since I can’t hem it (it would be too short), I’ve been reading a lot online about cleaning it myself. Obviously some fabrics you can’t, but a lot of dresses are just made out of polyester that looks like silk or other fabrics. I’m cleaning mine this weekend, just soaking it in water, and I’ll add some oxyclean if it doesn’t come out with water alone. Lots of people turn the dress inside out and wash it in the machine in a white duvet cover on the handwash cycle (laundromat washers are even bigger), but with all the beading on mine I’m not comfortable doing that.

 

I’ve also heard bad things about drycleaning on wedding dresses, with the chemicals causing yellowing later, and being harsher than handwashing, but I’m sure if you find a really good company you’re probably ok. 

 

Just an idea! Good luck either way, doing it yourself or finding a cleaner. 

Post # 4
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102 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2008

This may not help you as I’m in Chicago, but I took mine to a regular dry cleaner (at the recommendation of a friend) and it cost $60.  I, too, had initially gone to a high end company with same quote you got.  Ask friends who they trust, or ask on your local craigslist wedding forum.  I’ve had some luck doing that.

And, I really don’t recommend trying to do it yourself.  I tried on a small spot inside the hem of my dress, and that spot is still dirty because instead of cleaning the dirt out, I managed to set it in.

Post # 5
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56 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2008

Just want to let you know that my 100% polyester Maggie Sottero held up wonderfully to cleaning it myself. I soaked it in water and oxyclean, and it looks amazing, and no water spots. If it’s the right fabric, I would go for it. However, that’s just my opinion and saved me a ton of money. Definitely don’t do it if it’s silk, tulle, polyester organza or anything like that, just read up on the fabric of your dress. Hope you find a solution!

Post # 6
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60 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2008

Hi tofutti,

I took my dress to Locust Cleaners in Laurel Heights.  They quoted me $150 for my Romona Keveza silk satin dress.  I got my dress at a sample sale, too, but there are some trouble spots other than the hem.  I get my dress back on Saturday (the 26th) after dropping it off on 14th.  I can give you a report then, if you like!

Post # 8
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60 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2008

Hey tofutti-

Did you find a solution to your dress cleaning issue?  I just picked up my dress yesterday from Locust Cleaners and my dress looks brand new!  They made sure to let me check my dress before asking for payment ($150).  I was able to drop off my dress on the 14th and they had it ready on the 26th, so pretty good turnaround, I thought.  Hope everything turns out ok!

Post # 9
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88 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2007

i used wedclean.net and they were really great.

 

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