Post # 1
I got married in July and as I approach both a moving date and 2 months since our big day, my dress is still sitting in a giant pile in the guest room of our home, filthy and wrinkled, but I’m at a loss for what to do.
I originally thought about selling it, but I decided to keep it. The train and bottom are FILTHY (see, looks like it was dragged through piles of mud), and the local cleaners all want over $150 to clean it and then another $200+ to preserve it. I’m not planning on wearing it again, nor do I expect a daughter of mine would wear it.
Should I clean it? Preserve it? I’m thinking if it is used in the future, it will be to cut pieces out for quilts and christening gowns, none of which would require the hem.
Post # 3
If you are keeping it, I would clean it.
Post # 4
I would definitely clean it if there’s any chance of keeping it (or if you’re planning on donating/selling it). If there’s a chance you’re going to keep it for a long time, I would then preserve it as well.
Post # 5
I would clean it any way, either if you’re keeping it or not. I would preserve it if you are planning on keeping it for a longer time.
Post # 7
I saw a thread from a bride who washed it in her washing machine and it turned out great, you should ask her how or what did she did (:
Post # 8
If you decide you want to clean it but you don’t want to spend the money (I didn’t either) and are worried about the intricate beadwork (I was too), you can do what I did: hang the dress on the back of a door and suspend the bottom of it into a warm bucket of soapy water. Use you hands to agitate a bunch of dirt from the dress into the water, and use a toothbrush with extra soap on it for the tough spots. Change the water and repeat. I had such dark stains on my dress but Dawn dish soap did wonders! I then hung it to dry.