- 5 years ago
- Wedding: June 2012
I had an outdoor wedding, and the hem of my dress was black. The train was gray. So as I unpack from wedding festivities, my dirty dress just hung there as I tried to figure out what to do with it. Cleaning it would cost at least $100, and that seemed much for a dress I’d never wear again. And the dress was $400 to begin with, so I didn’t want to spend 25% of that on cleaning. It’s 100% polyester, with no lace and some beading. I don’t have my pro pictures back yet, so I have no good photos of the dress, but here is the designer’s photo. I looked at my copy of Bridal Bargains, and it said most dresses can just go in the wash. Since it’s 100% polyester, I figured my dress fell into that category. The one warning in the book was the beading– apparently some beads will disolve off, so they recommend soaking a portion of the beading to check if anything comes off. I did, and they didn’t. So yesterday I put the hem of my dress in the tub, wet it with warm water, and then dipped an old toothbrush in regular clothing detergent and and scrubbed the hem. It was amazing how the dirt just came off. It wasn’t clean by any stretch of the imagination, but it was gray rather than black. Then I filled the tub a couple inches with warm water, and let the hem soak with some detergent. The book says bridal shops routinely just use Spray and Wash, and then wash them. I didn’t have any, so I ran to the store while it soaked. Then I sprayed it, and put it in my washing machine, which is an HE front loader. I didn’t put it in any special bag. I set it to delicate, heavy soil, stain cycle, presoak, extra rinse. I used Woolite in the machine. I thought it would be cleaner, but still gray when it came out. Suprise surprise, it came out totally clean. I hung it to dry overnight, and now it looks great. The beads and pleats are perfect. Now I just need to find some sort of box or garment bag that will preserve it (and if you have recommendations, I’d love to hear them!).