If you've just returned from the most amazing honeymoon, you may have a wealth of memories. This whirlwind trip capped off an amazing period in your life, punctuated by a wedding ceremony that people will remember for a long time. It's natural that you should want to retain as many of those memories as possible from the big day and to preserve some of the more important elements, such as the dress. However, you understand that this garment needs to be cleaned first after the rigours of the occasion. If you're not sure how to go about this the right way, where should you start for your wedding dress cleaning?
While the dress itself represents a symbol of your union, it will probably be a very expensive commodity as well. You may want to keep it so that future generations can enjoy its beauty and to preserve some of its value.
Wedding dresses do, of course, come in all shapes and sizes and are made from a variety of different materials. Some of these components can be exotic and may require specialised cleaning, so you need to find a service that is used to dealing with your specific dress.
Who Can Do This?
Typically, you'll want to find a specialist. After all, the dress will also need to be packaged properly once it is completely clean, so that it can be protected from insects or from natural yellowing.
Hopefully, your dress did not encounter too many 'obstacles' during the course of the day. However, it may have dragged on some dirt as you were moving from one venue to another, or somebody may have been a little enthusiastic with their wine. If you find that you have a nasty red stain on the silk, you should not wait to take care of this as some stains can be particularly problematic if they begin to set.
What about Storage?
Once the dress has been completely cleaned it should be wrapped in non-acidic tissue and placed into an acid-free box. Whatever you do, don't wrap it in plastic or anything similar as this can be a trap for moisture, especially in a humid environment.
Finally, think about where you are going to store the dress for the long term. Ideally, you should put it in an air-conditioned room and away from any natural light.
If you need any further tips, chat with your specialist cleaner for their advice.