Cleaning a "dry spot clean only" wedding dress at home?

posted 2 years ago in Dress
Post # 2
5865 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: July 2018

Why wouldn’t you just get it dry cleaned? 

I don’t think it’s worth the risk.

Post # 3
11481 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

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
714 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

Don’t throw that dress in the washing machine please. You’re asking for trouble.

Post # 5
3452 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

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
840 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: Church

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
1131 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 1995

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
743 posts
Busy bee

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
1131 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 1995

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
15 posts
  • Wedding: August 2014

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
3864 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

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
582 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

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!

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