- 7 years ago
- Wedding: October 2011
Our beautiful wedding was almost 3 wkends ago, and my train and underside of my gown suffered a little bit of dirt thru the course of the day. Here is a family photo of our 10 month old Rottie boy literally laying on my train during our vow exchanging. Because of this, and dragging it thru the dirt at the park where we had our formals taken, it really was a hot mess!
I decided weeks ago that I was going to sell my insanely gorgeous gown (no sense it letting it sit and go to waste!) but after the wedding I was concerned about getting the dried dirt and puppy paw prints off of the dress. SO I checked out a few local cleaners, who all had a base price of around $90, and I would need to let them see the gown to give a definate price. I even saw some posts here on the bee where gals have paid upwards of $200 for cleanings. Well dayum. Im already invested by a little over a thousand bucks for the gown, including my alterations, so no way did I want to dump another $150 or more for cleaning just to sell it.
I figured there was an easier way to DIY and not cost an arm and a leg, so I started searching online, and I saw alot of articles about washing it in the tub, hosing the train, oxyclean, blotting it, dry clean it only, dont dry clean it (because dry cleaning can ruin it) and I even saw a few articles that said you can actually WASH your gown in a machine! Yes, a machine, as in put the entire gown in and let it get wet and soapy all over!! Dare I???? Hmmm! I was a little nervous, but figured what the heck. If I ruin it, I aint selling it, and if I dont wash it and keep it, I still aint selling it. So YES I DARE!
Hubby and I took a huge white and very thick duvet cover, turned my gown inside out, put it inside, buttoned the cover, added safety pins for extra measure (to keep it closed) and took it to the local laundromat and stuck it in the max loader. I dumped in some Woolite, said a prayer, kissed it goodbye and turned that puppy on.
20 mins later we took it out of the machine, but left it in the duvet cover to transport it home. We went into the guest bedroom so I could open it up on the bed and investigate what I had done. OH MY Goshhhhh! Its PERFECT perfect perfect! Every last little spot came out, it smells soo wonderful and clean and not a single thread was harmed in the washing of my gown!!!! I was so scared to do it, but over the years I have washed many items in the washer that claims dry clean only, so this shouldnt be any different. So bees, I am here to tell you that yes, I did it myself, I put my organza ruffled satin lacey beaded beautiful gown in the wash and it cleaned it beyond perfect! Please dont waste your $$$ by taking your gown to a cleaners and getting ripped off. You can wash anything that isnt raw silk, or rayon. Beaded or not! Just use some caution and wash it inside out in some sort of bag and do NOT use a machine that has an agitator upright in the center of the tub!
Here are two pics, post wash! It’s whiter than white and not a single bead was lost! EDIT** I had to change to some better pics.. Hubby need an iPhone4! LOL