Post # 1
Recent bride needs advice on how to clean my gown….I don’t want to shell out big $$$ to have it professionally cleaned and preserved, and have heard from a few people that they have had sucess washing their gowns on a gentle cycle in their home washing machines. Am I crazy to consider this? My gown is 100% polyester (lined in 100% polyester) with no beads nor embellishments. It’s also not that dirty – no obvious stains, mostly just dirt and dust on the hemline and train. It was relatively inexpensive to begin with ($575), so it’s really hard for me to imagine spending half of what it cost (or more) to clean it. Any ideas? Thanks in advance!
Post # 3
I wouldn’t put it in the washer or dryer. If you are adament on not taking it to the cleaners, I would hand wash it. Talk to your local cleaners, though, they may have discounts.
Or sell it with the explanation that it is dirty and the cleaning is up to the new owner.
Post # 4
<span class=”Apple-style-span”>You absolutely <span class=”Apple-style-span” style=”font-style: italic”>can wash a 100% polyester dress in the washing machine. That’s what I’ve read in several reputable wedding sites and wedding books. According to what I read, what you have to do is check to be sure your embellishments (pearls, beads, sequins, etc.) are all sewn on, not glued. If they are, move to the next step: test one of the "pearls" with a little soap you’re going to use. If the color comes off, you can’t wash the dress. Test one of each different kind of bead the same way. No need to test the sequins. if everything passes the test, go ahead and wash, on gentle, with cool water. Then dry your dress flat, not in the dryer. You may want to rig up a way to lift the front panel of the skirt, so it’ll dry faster. If you’re going to store the dress, do it in a box made with acid-free cardboard, and wrap your dress with acid-free tissue. Then store it under your bed. Make sure you don’t store your dress in anything plastic, and don’t store it where there’s any heat or moisture. Good luck!
Post # 5
I would go for it — seeing as it is 100% polyester with no embellishments. Just put it in on the gentle cycle. I would probably air dry as opposed to sticking it in the dryer, though — just hang up in your bathtub and then press on a fairly low setting. I think it should be just fine!