(Closed) How did you clean/preserve your gown??

posted 6 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Honestly?  I threw it in the washing machine.  Then I dyed it pink, also in the washing machine, wore it to a second reception, and threw it in the washing machine again… lol.  

Post # 5
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Worker bee

I followed what i read some ladies on here did and used the washing machine to clean it. I used the delicate cycle but i did not allow it to go on the spin cycle though, i was too afraid that it would ruin the dress. I had to do some additionally scrubbing with a toothbrush to remove the hard stains. It came out great and I saved alot of $$$ (thanks ladies). I just need to get it preserved, as i dont kow if i’ll be selling or keeping it as yet. 

Post # 6
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

My dress was bought in a sale from a bridal store and was ‘shop soiled’ as in it had been tried on – it had grubby marks on the inside of the top where whoever had tried it on hoisted it up and it had dirt along the bottom where shoppers had walked up and down in the store – the lady at the bridal store advised me to use unscented baby wipes, I did and they got all the marks off barring one really stubborn mark but its under the skirt so doesnt matter, I saved lots of money ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 6
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

My dress was bought in a sale from a bridal store and was ‘shop soiled’ as in it had been tried on – it had grubby marks on the inside of the top where whoever had tried it on hoisted it up and it had dirt along the bottom where shoppers had walked up and down in the store – the lady at the bridal store advised me to use unscented baby wipes, I did and they got all the marks off barring one really stubborn mark but its under the skirt so doesnt matter, I saved lots of money ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 6
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138 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

My dress was bought in a sale from a bridal store and was ‘shop soiled’ as in it had been tried on – it had grubby marks on the inside of the top where whoever had tried it on hoisted it up and it had dirt along the bottom where shoppers had walked up and down in the store – the lady at the bridal store advised me to use unscented baby wipes, I did and they got all the marks off barring one really stubborn mark but its under the skirt so doesnt matter, I saved lots of money ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 6
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138 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

My dress was bought in a sale from a bridal store and was ‘shop soiled’ as in it had been tried on – it had grubby marks on the inside of the top where whoever had tried it on hoisted it up and it had dirt along the bottom where shoppers had walked up and down in the store – the lady at the bridal store advised me to use unscented baby wipes, I did and they got all the marks off barring one really stubborn mark but its under the skirt so doesnt matter, I saved lots of money ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I haven’t done anything with mine yet.  There’s really no need to sell it (as in to get some money back) seeing how I didn’t pay much for it.  But I’m not sure I really need to hang on to it…  I haven’t even cleaned it yet!! 

I guess I could wash it myself – never thought about doing that!  Thanks bees for the idea!

So I really wasn’t much help – it looks like we are in the same boat!

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I am in the same situation (and I haven’t even had my wedding yet!).  When I was in high school my local dry cleaner ruined my prom dress.  I was going to two dances that year and had to go out and buy another dress and it was really disappointing.  The dry cleaner was a small shop and did not have insurance/give me any money for it. 

When it comes time to clean my gown I think I am going to go with a larger dry cleaner that has several locations and I am going to make sure that they have insurance for damage. 

Post # 9
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Sugar bee

I did what other bees did. I put it in a duvet cover…a light one. Then put it in the washing machine. It was a delicate lace Pronovias dress and my heart was in my mouth the whole time. It came out sparkling clean although it had a couple stubborn stains on it. I just used shout wipes and they came right off! I saved a boatload of money.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Non-DB brides can use their (DB’s) preservation service to have their gowns cleaned and preserved. They ship it out via FedEx to the cleaner and it is mailed back to you in a preservation box. You can have your veil done too. Here’s a link to the reviews on the DB site.

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Washing machine, stuffed it with acid free tissue paper, then shoved it into a giant shadow box. I plan on opening the box to let it air out yearly and check to make sure it’s doing okay. It’s not that I plan on having kids to wear it (but who knows?). Mostly I’m still thinking of what I should do with it. I doubt it’d sell for much, being a satin ballgown and all… Christmas tree skirt? I dunno…

Also, make sure you have sewn beading and an artificial material if you throw it into the wash. I think silk has a high risk of getting ruined as would glued on beading. I’ve heard of lace doing fine in the wash too.

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