MARRIED BEES! How did you clean your wedding dress? Cleaners? DIY? Not at all?

posted 3 years ago in Dress
  • poll: How did you clean your wedding dress?
    Spent $100s and sent it to a trusted cleaner to be cleaned/preserved/boxed. : (11 votes)
    26 %
    DIY at home cleaning (Please include method in a comment) : (5 votes)
    12 %
    Didn't clean it at all. : (27 votes)
    63 %
  • Post # 3
    3787 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    @KimmySumShuga:  I took mine to a local store that has always done a great job with my dry cleaning. I’m in the midwest though so that probably makes a big difference. My dress was super dirty (got married in central park and walked around manhattan for 2 hours after doing photos). They said they weren’t sure if they could get it clean, but they charged me $90. He said it would be more for the preservation box, but he also said, “I honestly don’t think it would make a difference as long as you keep it out of the sun.”

    They did an amazing job. I haven’t looked at it super close in a while, but the last time I saw it I was overwhelmed at how gorgeous the dress is and I think they did basically get it darn near perfectly clean if not perfectly clean. 

    Definitely shop around.

    Post # 5
    2571 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 2013

    Mine still has dirt from the beach on the train… Oops.

    Post # 6
    4441 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall

    @KimmySumShuga:  I didn’t vote in your poll because although I used the cleaners I did not spend $100s or have it boxed.  I had it cleaned (for $75) and did not box it because I immediately sold it.

    Post # 7
    4827 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: June 2013 - Upstate NY

    I honestly don’t know what to do with mine. It’s dirty on the bottom but nowhere else really. Ugh!!!

    Post # 8
    685 posts
    Busy bee

    I cleaned mine in my bathtub – mostly the bottom foot or so of beautiful lace hem and satin layer.  It was FILTHY from being stepped on outside in the rain all night.  It isn’t perfect, but with how ground-in the dirt was I doubt a professional could do much better.  I used diy Shout and some carpet cleaner to scrub it.  It took several rounds of scrubbing and rinsing, and I think I even tossed it in the washing machine (on gentle, of course).  Now, it hangs in a garment bag in the closet…

    Post # 9
    10902 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: May 2009

    My fifth anniversary is approaching this spring, and mine is still in a plastic bag and hanging on the back of a door in my home office.  I wanted to send it away to a company that offers museum preservation (stored in a hanging, cloth bag, so that you can take it out and touch it with gloves), but I never determined whether or not I was willing to risk sending it away. It also costs about $350.

    ETA:  Kimmy, I just now noticed that it was you posted this, and I know your POB gown, like my gown, is 100 percent silk. I definitely would NOT recommend that you consider trying to wash it.


    Post # 10
    1625 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    @KimmySumShuga:  My friend took her dress to a dry cleaner that supposedly does wedding dresses all the time and they completely ruined it. If it’s important to you, pay to have someone who specializes in cleaning/preserving. 

    Post # 11
    2823 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: December 2012

    @mrs_pudding_pop:  +1.

    We had a DW beach wedding and mine still has sand on the bottom. It’s been sitting in my closet for over a year. I need to figure out what I’m going to do with it. I don’t want to pay hundreds of dollars to get it cleaned & preserved though, blah.

    Post # 12
    681 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    @KimmySumShuga:  My dress was very dirty at the bottom by the end of the day (due to rain, and outdoor photos), but I didn’t want to pay hundreds of dollars to clean a dress I’ll never wear again – at least not in public LOL.

    I sprayed mine with shout,  let it sit for 10 minutes, flipped it inside out, and washed on the gentle cycle of my washing machine.  I did that process twice, and then hung it up to dry.  It came out perfectly clean.

    THAT BEING SAID – if your dress is 100% silk, I don’t think I would do what I did.  My dress was organza and lace, so I knew it would probably be okay.

    Post # 15
    277 posts
    Helper bee

    Mine is polyester mikado. I had it drycleaned and had some of the buttons sewn back onto the back portion (I couldnt get that thing off to save my life at the end of the night) and I think it was $80. My wedding was outside on a red rock formation and it rained that day, so it was filthy, but it really looks good now.

    Then again, polyester is pretty washable, even if t isn’t the most lux, lol.

    Post # 16
    4441 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall

    @KimmySumShuga:  Mine was satin.  I didn’t even know different fabrics could cause price differences!

    Honestly I just knew whatever the price I had to pay it to be able to put it up for sale.

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