Post # 1
I bought my gown as a sample and therefore it needed a light cleaning & press pre-wedding so I googled my little heart out and found a place near me that would do it for $200… it hurt (esp since I only paid $500 for my gown) but since it was for my big day, I did it!
After the wedding, the cleaner emailed me with an offer to clean, preserve and box my gown up —- for a mear $350 more! OUCH!
I value quality and all but still am a VERY thrifty and DIY at heart so thinking about spending this amount of money for getting the dirt off only the hem of my gown makes me want to flip a car over.
I’ve read stories of girls washing their gowns at home in their tubs and I am inspired! My gown is precious to me after all we’ve been through and I want it to be around for my (hopeful) future daughter – she may or may not want to wear it on her own big day but I will definitely get her to take some photos in it, so help me God!
However, my gown is 100% silk – I don’t want to mess it up!
Any bees that have successfully cleaned their own gowns at home?
OR any bees have suggestions of affordable cleaning/preserving services?
Any and all perspective is most appreciated as my beauty is just laying in a box in the dust bag without any real hope of a (clean) future…
Post # 3
@KimmySumShuga: I took mine to a local store that has always done a great job with my dry cleaning. I’m in the midwest though so that probably makes a big difference. My dress was super dirty (got married in central park and walked around manhattan for 2 hours after doing photos). They said they weren’t sure if they could get it clean, but they charged me $90. He said it would be more for the preservation box, but he also said, “I honestly don’t think it would make a difference as long as you keep it out of the sun.”
They did an amazing job. I haven’t looked at it super close in a while, but the last time I saw it I was overwhelmed at how gorgeous the dress is and I think they did basically get it darn near perfectly clean if not perfectly clean.
Definitely shop around.
Post # 4
@Mrs.LemonDrop: Awe thats a great story! Thanks for your input. I am shopping around on yelp and etc but I don’t know who to trust as I don’t usually dry clean much!
Will keep digging.
Post # 5
Mine still has dirt from the beach on the train… Oops.
Post # 6
- Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall
@KimmySumShuga: I didn’t vote in your poll because although I used the cleaners I did not spend $100s or have it boxed. I had it cleaned (for $75) and did not box it because I immediately sold it.
Post # 7
- Wedding: June 2013 - Upstate NY
I honestly don’t know what to do with mine. It’s dirty on the bottom but nowhere else really. Ugh!!!
Post # 8
I cleaned mine in my bathtub – mostly the bottom foot or so of beautiful lace hem and satin layer. It was FILTHY from being stepped on outside in the rain all night. It isn’t perfect, but with how ground-in the dirt was I doubt a professional could do much better. I used diy Shout and some carpet cleaner to scrub it. It took several rounds of scrubbing and rinsing, and I think I even tossed it in the washing machine (on gentle, of course). Now, it hangs in a garment bag in the closet…
Post # 9
My fifth anniversary is approaching this spring, and mine is still in a plastic bag and hanging on the back of a door in my home office. I wanted to send it away to a company that offers museum preservation (stored in a hanging, cloth bag, so that you can take it out and touch it with gloves), but I never determined whether or not I was willing to risk sending it away. It also costs about $350.
ETA: Kimmy, I just now noticed that it was you posted this, and I know your POB gown, like my gown, is 100 percent silk. I definitely would NOT recommend that you consider trying to wash it.
Post # 10
@KimmySumShuga: My friend took her dress to a dry cleaner that supposedly does wedding dresses all the time and they completely ruined it. If it’s important to you, pay to have someone who specializes in cleaning/preserving.
Post # 11
We had a Destination Wedding beach wedding and mine still has sand on the bottom. It’s been sitting in my closet for over a year. I need to figure out what I’m going to do with it. I don’t want to pay hundreds of dollars to get it cleaned & preserved though, blah.
Post # 12
@KimmySumShuga: My dress was very dirty at the bottom by the end of the day (due to rain, and outdoor photos), but I didn’t want to pay hundreds of dollars to clean a dress I’ll never wear again – at least not in public LOL.
I sprayed mine with shout, let it sit for 10 minutes, flipped it inside out, and washed on the gentle cycle of my washing machine. I did that process twice, and then hung it up to dry. It came out perfectly clean.
THAT BEING SAID – if your dress is 100% silk, I don’t think I would do what I did. My dress was organza and lace, so I knew it would probably be okay.
Post # 13
@mrs_pudding_pop: Exactly! Thats what mine has… just dirt on the hem… seems like a lot of money to have them just spruce up the bottom…
@mchitt329: Wow only $75? That’s super! I know mine is more bc its silk… I just hate the thought of so much money for basically just the hem! I’d gladly pay $75 if I could trust the cleaner w/ my silk. What fabric was yours?
@lealorali: Exactly! Isn’t it frustrating that its only a tinyyyyy bit dirty but the price tag is as if you did a mud run in it! What fabric is yours? It might be okay to try to DIY.
@autumnWren: Thanks for your story! Mine isn’t SUPER dirty and I wouldn’t dare put it in a washing machine but I can definitely see using a gentle stain remover cuz its the hem anyway so what could it really hurt? I read another tutorial that said the dryel stain remover pen does wonders too.
Dunno how hard that end brush is (I would use a sock on my silk) but for $3 at wal-mart, I think it would be worth a try!
Post # 14
@Brielle: Awe thanks so much for the extra advice. I don’t want to put it in the wash as I have heard time and time again silk really shouldn’t be wet so I guess I don’t mean to traditionally wash it too much but I just want the hem to not be so stinkin dirty!
I thought about it I’m pretty tall anyway so I was thinking about leaving the hem dirty in hopes that my (hopeful/future) daughter may be a little bit shorter than me or will wear shorter heels with it (if she even wants it). OR I thought about if I do ever want to wear it again for a function or something, I could have it hemmed a few inches to get rid of the dirt….
OR I could just try the Dryel pen and if it messes it up horrendously, I’m back with the hemming plan. lol
Thank you for your advice though.
SO glad to hear of another POB bride as we are a rare and fleeting breed.
@jessicadarling: oh no! I’m so sorry to hear that! THat is exactly what I DONT want to happen which is why I’d almost rather try some DIY methods first cuz its not even that dirty in the first place. I may or may not have trust issues when it comes to cleaners… Thanks for your story!
@MrsWilson2012: Exactly. What fabric is yours? I read this tutorial of a Bee who DIY cleaned her gown in her bathtub but it wasn’t silk so it doesn’t directly relate to my gown. Here’s the link.
@ykyegbride: Ooooh yes. You are SO LUCKY! I thought about trying some shout on the bottom hem juuuust a little and very little water. Mine isn’t filthy or anything but I just want it back to its former glory like yours without spending hundreds! Thanks for your story!
Post # 15
Mine is polyester mikado. I had it drycleaned and had some of the buttons sewn back onto the back portion (I couldnt get that thing off to save my life at the end of the night) and I think it was $80. My wedding was outside on a red rock formation and it rained that day, so it was filthy, but it really looks good now.
Then again, polyester is pretty washable, even if t isn’t the most lux, lol.
Post # 16
- Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall
@KimmySumShuga: Mine was satin. I didn’t even know different fabrics could cause price differences!
Honestly I just knew whatever the price I had to pay it to be able to put it up for sale.