(Closed) Dress Preserving–bleh

posted 7 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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Sugar bee

I don’t know about washing it yourself. I didn’t know they were that expensive to clean though.

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 1999

I found a local cleaner in the area that sent it away to be preserved.  It was around $250 for cleaning, preservation, and boxing.  I think the name of the company is called Prestige Preservation. http://www.prestigepreservation.com/orderform.htm

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

If the dry cleaner says you can wash it yourself then do it. I have read a lot about washing wedding dresses by hand because many dry cleaners refuse to clean a dress that has lots of beading or pearls or similar, or they make you sign a form that says there is no guarantee that the dress “survives” and they are not responsible for damages.

I did wash two wedding dresses myself. One was made of 100% Polyester and i washed it in the washing machine. No damage. The other one was made of “english net”, that’s how Watters calls their tulle fabric and it’s a mixture of acetate and polyester (or nylon?) fibres. Hand-washed it in the bath tub, no damage.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I shopped around for quotes before I settled on a Dry Cleaners.

I chose not to preserve my dress and just dry clean it for now.

I figured it’s gonna get yellow in a few years, so I might as well get half my money back and give it another bride.

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I handwashed my beaded lace dress at home with regular laundry soap and it turned out great. I had found a posting about it being possible, and I posted about it here. I haven’t done anything in the way of preservation, but I googled DIY dress preservation and came up with a few tips: ie. wrap in acid free tissue paper, etc. I will probably do that eventually too.

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