Wedding dress cleaning is an entire process in itself. Wedding gown preservation specialists use a variety of different wet and dry cleaning methods depending on the fabric and needs of each particular gown. We specialize in wet cleaning, using our proprietary environmentally-friendly, non-toxic surfactants and crystal-clear purified water. Every step of the way, our professionals will ensure that your gown is treated with the gentleness and care it deserves. The cleaners we use prevent fading or bleeding of dye and preserve crisp, bright color that almost make your dress look better than new.
Packaging of the Future
Your gown will be thoroughly cleaned from the bodice to the very last sequin or jewel on the train. It will then be carefully folded into an acid-free, museum-quality box designed to prevent yellowing and keep your dress looking brand new for years–so if you want to pass your gown on to your daughter, niece, or other family member down the road, it will be even more pristine than you remember it.
When to Preserve
The sooner after your wedding that you have your gown preserved, the more likely it is that our preservation experts will be able to identify and remove every stain. Older, set-in stains are more difficult to deal with. With that said, you're probably safe waiting until after the honeymoon to deal with preserving your dress. If you know that your dress has been damaged in some way while you were wearing it, it doesn't hurt to ask a trusted friend or family member deliver it us for you.
Handling Your Preserved Dress
So, once your dress is preserved, can you still show it off? Of course you can! We recommend handling your dress with care, of course. Ideally, you'll only touch the dress while wearing clean cotton gloves (if those aren't available, wash your hands thoroughly first). The oils from your skin can cause yellowing after repeated handling. If you've preserved other items and accessories–like your garter, shoes, or jewelry along with the dress, take the time to ask your preservationist what the best methods for handling those items are after they've been cleaned and packaged.