(Closed) DIY Dress Cleaning

posted 7 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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955 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I really want to do this too. I just can’t spend $200 to clean my dress! I don’t really have it to spare at the moment and I just don’t agree with it costing that much.  My dress is all satin (polyester satin I am sure) so I am hoping it all turns out ok. If I do it I will post pics too.

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

thanks for  posting this!  I haven’t had my dress cleaned;  I am selling it as is and leaving it to the buyer to have it cleaned but dropped my price accordingly.  Mine is dirty in the same way, underneath from walking outside.  It does seem silly to pay al that money when it’s usually just the train / underside that needs cleaning!  I will for sure share this thread with whoever buys my dress. I’m afraid to try it myself when I need it SOLD!  But mine is from DB too and is also allover lace, so the materials used are likely similar.

 

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

@kayakblondie: Me too! I have actually thrown dry clean only stuff in the washer on gentle before and they were fine! LOL I am sure there are reasons not to do this but I guess they just were not that important to me at the time πŸ™‚ I really want to try my dress now. I will have to look into it a little more. I also heard that having your dress “preserved” is a hoax of sorts. That they don’t do anything to the dress except pack it into a box to keep it clean and stuff. My dress hanging takes up a lot of space so I need to pack it away somehow. I know mine was shipped to me in a very very slim, small box for being such a big dress so I know that will be ok.

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

It makes sense;  unless your dress is a delicate fabric, most dresses are polyester, with polyester lace, and I wash polyester all the time!  πŸ™‚

Post # 8
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3295 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

hmmm would this be okay on taffeta??

Post # 10
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: May 2012

OMG! Thank you for posting this. I just bought this dress off the rack (I needed to exchange and this was the only way they would do it) and the hemline is dirty enough that I want it cleaned before the dirt really sets in (my wedding isnt for 11 months). I do no want to spend 100+ to have it professional cleaned BEFORE the wedding, b/c i’ll deff. need it to be done after the wedding. I am still a bit nervous about messing up my dress…did you run into any problems?

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

@kayakblondie:   Okay so do you think another David’s bridal lace and beaded dress would handle this okay?  My dress is allover lace with some beading and sequins, and I keep thinking about this thread.  I currently have my dress listed for sale on various sites with a note that it will need to be cleaned and of course my price is lowered to reflect that. 

But, it hasn’t sold, and I am STRONGLY considering just doing what you’ve done because the dirt is limited to the underside of the train from walking around outside.  No marks at all on top.   I am thinking if I can wash it myself successfully it will be more attractive to a potential buyer plus I can ask a bit more for it.

I probably don’t even need the lace to get wet at all, maybe I could pull it up separate and just wash the polyester under-layer….hmmm.

Post # 14
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3241 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Thanks for posting this! I also don’t want to spend a fortune on dry cleaning and planned on cleaning my dress myself. Glad to hear others have done it successfully!

Post # 15
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654 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@pinkb: I have a friend who’s father owns a bunch of dry cleaners.  Often, they’ll just wash stuff in a regular washer. 

Post # 16
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1805 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

@kayakblondie:  Thanks for your thoughts on this.  You know, I kept looking at my dress before the wedding and thinking “I KNOW I can do a bustle on this myself!” but everyone talked me out of it because I had so much else to do as it was.  Thankfully I lucked out and found a seamstress who did it for $50 but yeah, I know I could have, totally, if time hadn’t been so short. πŸ™‚

As for wrinkles I think I still have a garment steamer here from when I used to sell a ton of stuff on ebay. πŸ™‚  Anyway, that was my only concern, about one shrinking and not the other, but if I am just dealing with the train edge I am feeling more brave about this.  Oh and By The Way totally love your dress, almost bought it myself!

 

@MUI831:  I worked at three different major dry cleaning chains all through high school and a year or two after, so I SHOULD know this, but funny, I never paid attention to what was going on “in the back”.  I always worked the counter/register, where the AC was on. πŸ˜‰

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