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Emergency Wedding Gown

 Cleaning and Care

Always Have

Safety Pins On Hand

All too often someone steps on your wedding gown or you catch your wedding gown on something, and pins will get you through the day. Be prepared for a broken bustle loop, torn strap, or broken zipper. In fact, full-service wedding salons often put several safety pins into the underside of your wedding gown for just such accidents. In a pinch you can use sticky tape or even staples, but you run the risk of damaging the fabric of your wedding gown. Better to avoid pinches. Ask your on-site wedding consultant, mom, maid of honor, favorite aunt or mistress of ceremonies to bring a handful of safety pins to the ceremony and reception.

bride wearing wedding gown with lace and intricate buttons on back

Know The Fabric

Of Your Gown

Your consultant at the bridal shop should be able to advise you on the fiber content of your wedding gown and what to do in case of a spill. There should also be information on the care label in your wedding gown. When you spill something on artificial fiber, it is much easier to remove the stain than if you spill something on a natural fiber such as silk because natural fibers are hollow and absorb the spill.

In either case, artificial or natural fiber, unless the spill is major and makes you uncomfortable, it’s better to leave the spot alone until you can get professional treatment for your wedding gown. If you must do something and the stain is blood, your own saliva is effective. For coffee, mud, tea or some other water-soluble stain, dab the spot gently (rubbing hard will damage the finish of your gown) with cool water and air dry. Club soda can also be effective.  Water and club soda will NOT remove grease-based stains.

CAUTION: silks and rayons, particularly silk and rayon velvets, are water-sensitive, and you may make permanent water spots.

bride in wedding gown sitting with skirt surrounding her

Camouflage Spots and Soils

If the stain is not water-soluble, try camouflaging spots on your wedding gown with something white and relatively harmless such as baking soda, cornstarch, or baby powder (white-out and shoe polish are tricky)–especially if the stain is not water-soluble. Grease, lipstick, and other cosmetics can only be dissolved by volatile dry solvents such as cigarette-lighter fluid. But these solvents can also dissolve any dye that may have been used to color your wedding gown. Again, it’s better to leave the spot alone until you can get professional treatment for your wedding gown.

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