(Closed) Buying sample dresses – do they need to be cleaned?

posted 9 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
46 posts

i would definitely suggest havin the alterations done first and then seeing what shape the dress is in.  Since it’s a sample, chances are, any dirt would just be along the bottom of the hem from it being moved around the store and that part might be taken completely off when you have the hemming done.  If the alterations are finished and you still want it cleaned, then you can see if you can get a rush job done in the time you have, but i certainly wouldn’t make it the priority.  Good luck!

Post # 4
161 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2018

it sounds like it’s in good shaper and you don’t have the time to send it to the cleaners, and i agree with CO919 that the priority should be the alterations.  at the least, you could buy one of those small steamers (conair has a few models) and steam the dress after the alterations (if the alterations place doesn’t do that already) just to get any wrinkles out and freshen it up.

here’s one of the conair compact steamers (i believe mrs. canary blogged about this):


Post # 5
4466 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I bought a sample dress, and I never even thought of having it cleaned!  It looked fine to me but now I will check again.

I’m sure it will be fine.  I would just check to see if there’s any obvious makeup marks on it or anything.

Post # 6
1490 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

I think it depends on the dress and how it was treated. If it looks clean, feels clean, smells clean, wear it happily. When I was trying on dresses, I noticed some salons treated their samples really, really well and others were a lot rougher on them. If you’re happy after alterations, why not wear it as-is?

Post # 8
1490 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

Sounds like you’re good to go, cmk!

Post # 9
853 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

i think they typically dryclean it and the salon should be able to make a recommendation as to where. depending on the fabric, the dirt may not show as much. if you don’t think it looks off (look under bright white / sun light, just to be sure) then maybe it’s fine.

Post # 10
67 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

I’m glad she takes care of her dresses.  I bought a sample too, but mine was very dirty and definitely required cleaning!  I think I would take it in just to be safe…Congrats on finding a dress!

Post # 11
357 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I would say that it depends on the dress.  If it doesn’t look like it needs it to you, then you’re probably ok. 

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