Washing a Vintage Veil??

posted 3 years ago in Accessories
Post # 3
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1060 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I used my mom’s veil that was about 30 years old and it totally had that same mothball smell when we first looked at it! LOL. I didn’t want to risk damaging it so I just soaked in in the bathtub a few times to get some of the grime and dirt off of it, then I steamed it. The smell went away and it was pretty much clean. Although in my case my dress was ivory and the veil was more white so I was ok with it not being 100% clean and stark white.

 

ETA: The difference in colour between my veil and dress didn’t look bad at all, it actually helped the veil to stand out a bit and not blend into the back of my dress too much (which would have hidden some of the pretty details on it)

 

Post # 5
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1060 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@ajillity81:  oops I must have read over that part about it being used on the chuppah, sorry!

In that case it really doesn’t matter if the colour is off from your dress a bit, and you probably wouldn’t even have to steam it to get the wrinkles out as I doubt it will be noticeable from the way you hang it. Even at 100 years old, I would think just putting it in some lukewarm water to get some grime off should be ok.

Good luck!

Post # 6
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11300 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

I used to soak vintage dresses in warm water and oxy clean. Gentle, but effective in removing smells and yellow-ness.

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