(Closed) How to clean Mom's veil so I can wear it??

posted 6 years ago in Accessories
Post # 4
452 posts
Helper bee

Yes, you can wash the veil in the sink with Woolite or a baby detergent (like Dreft) and add a little bit of bleach to the water too. Rinse well – if your dress is white, you should be good to go. If you dress is darker (offwhite or ivory), you can then tea stain it to the exact color you want.

Post # 5
8433 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

We used a bit of bleach on my grandmother’s veil, but it was still quite a bit more yellow than my dress unfortunately. Maybe we didn’t let it sit long enough?

Post # 6
5093 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2012

@Westwood:  How white was your dress?  I think I got off lucky because my dress was a dark ivory.

Post # 8
452 posts
Helper bee

I have an etsy veil shop and most of the lace I buy is white. If I need a certain lace in ivory but don’t have it, I just tea stain it. If your newly washing veil is too white, I hope this helps……

Run a sinkfull of hot water, drop in some teabags – if your veil is fingertip length, 2 family size bags is enough, if it’s cathedral length then you’ll need 4 family size. Let the tea bags soak for a couple of minutes, swish the water around to make sure it’s fully blended, remove the tea bags and set aside….it’s best to go light on the color at first. Drop your veil in and swish it around in the water to get the color you need, if it’s too light – take the veil out, drop the tea bags back in and squeeze them out and remove. Drop your veil back in and swish around – remember it’s going to appear a little too dark when it’s wet. If it’s too dark, run some clean hot water and rinse it out. Hang it high to dry.

Let me know if you have any questions.

Post # 9
202 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

A professional recommended that we let my SIL’s veil soak in Oxyclean for a bit and then lightly scrub it.  It worked perfectly.

Post # 10
3697 posts
Sugar bee

You could also think about salvaging the lace from your mom’s veil and sewing it onto new tulle? That way it wouldn’t be torn, and you can find a color that matches, but still keep the connection to your mom’s veil and have the matching lace …

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