- 10 years ago
I could just write the same answer to all the Dry Cleaning posts, but instead I’m just posting my Professional 2 Cents. Please Comment!
Take a very careful look at the Fabric Contents Tag inside your gown. Is your gown Silk or Natural Fiber anywhere? Or does it say Polyester or (shudder) Nylon?
A Poly shell or Nylon lined gown really does NOT need the $300. Dry Cleaning/Preserving/Boxing. Seriously. The chemical Half Life of Polyester is 200 years, that’s the point at which the fiber BEGINS to break down. Your Polyester gown will be in the exact same condition as you wore it for your Great-Granddaughter with minimal care! Get yourself a box of Shout Wipes and a bottle of Z’Out and a white washcloth to spot clean it yourself. Make sure you wipe the inside of the bodice for sweat salts which are corrosive. Box it in one of those box kits you can buy on the Internet. It’ll be fine, I swear!
A Silk or Natural Fiber Gown needs the full Professional Cleaning treatment, not something to skimp on or send off to the cheapest company you can find. I reccomend Madame Paulette or J. Scheer & Co. for Couture or Vintage Gowns, and they ship internationally. Moda in Winchester if you’re in the Boston Area.
I was a Wardrobe Supervisor on Broadway and for Film and TV in New York for years. I’ve unwrapped truckloads of clothes from the Cleaners and from deep storage, so I’m not making this up I promise. Manhattan Wardrobe Supply (Google-able) has every professional cleaning chemical you can possibly imagine for sale, and Madame Paulette sells to-go cleaning kits on their website. Acid Free Tissue paper is the only thing you should wrap things in directly (including your veil and accessories, not plastic. Oh, you know those little silica packets in shoe boxes? Keep them and throw a few into your storage box to keep moisture away!
Also, if you’ve had your dress ‘sealed’ in a box that’s apparently not a good thing. Ask J. Scheer. I’ve unsealed many a dress only to find that the Cleaners never did the spot cleaning afterall and the stains are permanent. Check your gown when it comes back and say something immediately!