Post # 1
My dress I bought was gently used. There are some marks dirt marks near the bottom hem and the rim of the armpit, one finger tip stain of sauce in the back of the dress and a random pen mark on the front of the dress lower towards the knees.
Is it possible to wash it in the machine? The tag says it is 100% polyester and dry spot clean only. There is beading on it that isn’t delicate but very pretty, so I was thinking putting it inside out and wrapping it with some bed sheets in a cold wash would do the trick. Overall the marks aren’t noticeable except for the pen one. If you stand really close to me and stare then you can see the stains.
Post # 2
Why wouldn’t you just get it dry cleaned?
I don’t think it’s worth the risk.
Post # 3
I would talk with a dry cleaner about spot cleaning the dress. I wouldn’t try to wash it, unless you’re OK with the outcome potentially resulting in your not being able to wear the dress.
Post # 4
Don’t throw that dress in the washing machine please. You’re asking for trouble.
Post # 5
kit2020 : you can totally wash a polyester dress. There are lots of instructions how to on the internet. That said, hand washing in your bathtub is typically recommended over using the machine. Ultimately, you might also need to get a dryel kit to try the dry cleaning spot remover on the pen – that won’t come out just by washing most likely
Post # 6
kit2020 : I would call a dry cleaner or alteration department of a bridal store. I know, dry cleaning is costly in my area. I would be tempted too., but would be afraid to try. Ask first though before doing anything just to be sure. I am sure your dress is very pretty and congratulations !!
Post # 7
I used to work at a bridal shop and that is what the owner would do. Before we did sample sales, she would take the dresses home and throw them in the washing machine. They all came out fine.
Post # 8
PaperQueen : If it’s polyester machine may not harm it. But if it was me, I’d wash it in the tub. Just because that woujld mean less chance of it getting snagged and it’s more gentle. Machine washing would just scare me a little too much
Post # 9
keepingitreal8675309 : What’s it going to get snagged on in the machine? As long as the delicate or hand wash cycle is used and a low spin, it will be fine.
Post # 10
kit2020 : I’m not going to lie, I put my whole 2.5K wedding dress in the lowest cycle in my washing machine. They wanted $700 to dry clean it, and I wasn’t ever planning on using it agian. It turned out beatifully, and it didn’t cause a single thing wrong with it.
However, this is a dress you plan on wearing! I would try Dryel type spot cleaning since they are minor before moving on to anything else.
Post # 11
I washed my polyester dry-clean only dress in the bathtub. Worked a treat. I just filled the tub with warm soafy water, gently soaked the dress in it and gently massaged any dirty spots. Then ran the shower through it to rinse it out and dried it lying flat.
Post # 12
My mum washed my dress in the bath, the shop we bought it from actually suggested it for after the wedding before boxing it back up. Just fill with soapy lukewarm water and swoosh it about then rinse. It got out most of the grass/dust stains I had around the hem and train. Otherwise I’d just get it dry cleaned, especially since it’s before your wedding, I wouldn’t risk machine washing it, chances are it’d be ok but I wouldn’t want to take the chance!