Post # 1
I never dryclean anything that says dryclean only. I just put it on the delicate cycle in my washing machine, and have never had a problem. So I figured… why not my wedding dress? It was only dirty at the hem anyway. Doing it myself saves me having to find a drycleaner and bring it there, and I’ve read a few horror stories about drycleaners ruining dresses or the chemicals melting the beadwork. So, couldn’t hurt to try. I read a few tutorials about it before I started though!
First, I turned it inside out and tied the corset together through one loop to keep the bodice closed up. Then it went into the washer with some liquid Woolite! Unfortunately it didn’t come clean after that cycle, so I soaked the bottom in the tub with some OxiClean overnight and rubbed the really dirty spots out. Then I washed it twice more with detergent and a bit of OxiClean mixed in. It came out looking pretty damn good so I put it in the dryer (on the lowest temperature setting, basically just room temperature) for an hour like the instructions said. Immediately after the cycle finished, I turned it right side out again and hung it to air dry completely. It’s almost like new again! There are still a few darker spots at the hem but the filthy blackness came out.
Post # 4
I handwashed mine in the tub. It came out pretty much perfect, and it had gotten SO filthy. It was a lot of work, but totally worth it.
Post # 5
I’m so impressed with it! So glad I decided to do it myself. Now it’s done and it was free! I just have to decide what to do with it now…
Post # 6
@Pinkmoon: The owner of the salon I bought my dress at told me not to waste my money on dry cleaning and to just take it down to the laundry mat and use the industrial size washers. My dress doesn’t have any delicate lace, just some beading, and she said it will be fine. She’s been in the industry for over 30 years and has nothing to gain from this so I trust her. It’s nice to hear another bride’s success story. Are you going to store it or sell it?
Post # 7
@ju5tdance: I don’t know yet. Before the wedding I was not even considering selling it, but now that it’s over and I’ve worn it and have pictures… I know there’s really no point keeping it. It’s not even like I can try it on myself anytime for fun because it’s a corset. So I might post it and see if I get some interest. Then go from there!
Post # 8
@Pinkmoon: Me too! I also had an all over lace gown. Saved me another hundred dollars and the dress looked fantastic. I air dried mine in the sun (to further help bleach out any stain), but I had summer on my side.