Your wedding day was one of the most important days of your life, right? You carefully planned each portion of the event from where to get married, who to invite, what food to eat and what your dress would look like.
Picking a wedding gown is no easy task. No doubt you spent countless hours going to different stores and trying different styles on before spending so much money on the perfect gown. With all that time and devotion spent on finding the gown, why wouldn’t you come to us to clean it after the big day?
Here’s what you can expect when you bring your gown to us for cleaning and preservation:
The McLean Cleaners Difference
We like to discuss the dress and inspect it with you before cleaning to ensure the very best outcome. In fact, we’ve seen it all. Our specialists have a long history of removing water damage, wine, grass and dirt stains in an effective manner.
The Wedding Dress Cleaning Process
It is important to point out any stains or spills to us before cleaning. Many stains are not visible right away, such as soda, white wine, and champagne, but these can oxidize over time and become darker. If the stains are not properly cleaned, they may become permanent.
We inspect the trims before cleaning, as many trims are not made to withstand the dry cleaning process. For example, many beads, glitter, sequins, and laces are attached to gowns with adhesives that dissolve during dry cleaning. Some beads and glitter are made of plastics or covered with surface coatings that are not solvent- resistant.
Additionally, some decorative trims yellow as their finishes oxidize. An ivory or ecru trim may lose its color and no longer match the gown if a dye component is lost in cleaning. Color failures of this type are due to poor colorfastness of the dye, not to improper cleaning. When possible, we will remove any decorative trims or embellishments before cleaning and reattach them after, if necessary.
Cleaned and Boxed
Once the wedding dress is cleaned, we will invite you to come in and look at it, if you choose. When the gown is preserved, it will be placed in an acid-free box using acid-free tissue. You should keep the box in a cool dry place for storage. If you open the box to view the dress, please ensure that you clean your hands and do not use hand cream as any contaminate that comes into contact with your dress may cause a mark to appear over time.
Preserving your gown will keep it beautiful as a keepsake or something to share with your own daughter to wear on her wedding day.