(Closed) Wedding Dress Dry Cleaning? HELP!!!

posted 5 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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1144 posts
Bumble bee

*bump* I’ve got a free dress I need to get cleaned as well so I’m curious!

Post # 4
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951 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

My dress was used, and cleaned/packaged by Kleinfeld’s. It was beautiful when it came out of the box, packaged perfectly, however it did have a little bit of noticeable staining. There is one circular spot under one of the folds in the skirt that looks almost like milk, and is really almost invisible since my dress is ivory so I’m not sweating it. I can’t even remember where it is it’s so insignificant. Also, the hemline is a little discolored from dragging the ground, although it doesn’t look *dirty* just a little dark. Also almost invisible unless you are looking. 

 

 

 

My dress is silk satin and I’m not sure if I’m going to need to clean it again before the wedding but I will for sure need it hand pressed. After searching high and low for a trustworthy dry cleaner I finally had an idea, and called a local high-end bridal consignment shop to ask who usually cleans their dresses. Bingo! They referred me to a place that is family owned, super friendly, and charges about 1/4 of what everyone else charges.

 

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

That happened to me too! But it is on the underside of the train and not too noticeable so I am going to have it altered to fit me perfectly and then dry clean it! If they dont come out I dont really care too much lol

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

if i were you, i’d call around to different cleaners, and see if anyone does “formal dress” or “wedding dress” cleaning. i wouldn’t trust just any cleaner with my dress. i have to have mine done, as it was a sample dress and i bought it in the fall. i know i was sweating in it, so i’m sure other people were as well.

the trick is to find somewhere that does wedding dress cleaning or preservation. i know that our regular dry cleaner that we’ve used for years does wedding dress cleaning, so i’m all set. but i know that not everyone/everywhere does that. so call and ask around.

Post # 10
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1681 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I called several dry cleaners looking for someone to clean my used dress. A few promised to clean it for several hundred dollars, but with no guarantees.

Several shops were totally blunt: “I wouldn’t dare take a tulle dress to a dry cleaners. They WILL destroy it. Buy woolite and spot clean it yourself.” and another “I think you’re better off cleaning it yourself. If you find a super tough spot and you’re in a pinch, use white-out over it. Yeah, white-out, like you used on paper mistakes. Unless you’re super anal no one will ever notice.”

 

lol I appreciated their honesty.  Cleaning mine myself!

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

@sablemuse:  Now that I think about it I bought my prom dress used ($4, still cant believe it lol) and it was an ABS Alan Schwartz and silk satin as well. It was filthy, all over, dust and lsruff marks on the small train and what seemed to be spilt drinks on it. On the inside there was lipstick stains where it rubbed off when the dress was being put on and off. I got it dry cleaned and came back perfect! There were some scruff marks that didnt come out but that was because the fabric had been damaged with the shoes. Hopefully that is more helpful than my last comment lol 

I’m sorry this is happening to you, have you considered filing a paypal report?

Post # 12
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Helper bee

When I got a dress on ebay before I mentioned to the seller it was not described accurately and she took off like $20 bucks or so which made me happy enough.  Also, if you go to the dry cleaners I would point out the spots in particular because I don’t think they search for extra dirty spots.

Post # 13
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676 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

@rds2013:  Mine was pretty dirty on the underside of the train but I ended up just handwashing it myself. What is your dress made of?

Post # 15
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676 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

@rds2013:  Mine was lace, but no beading. You don’t aggitate it, so it shouldn’t snag. Essentially you use a soap like woolite or ivory (laundry soap) and very warm water… set the dirty part of the dress in the water and let it soak until cool. Do it several times if it is still dirty.

Post # 16
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I have the same question, I actually bought my dress off of Craigslist, and it is silk chiffon. Dirty on the train and makeup stains on the inside of the dress. Has anyone ever had their dress dry cleaned and it came back ruined?

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