Despite even the most diligent of efforts, all wedding gowns will end up with some kind of stain(s) by the end of the night. There are simply too many hazards to avoid throughout the day and evening to come out with a 100% pristine dress.

The vast majority of the dirt and stains that end up on wedding gowns are invisible to the eye, or are too small to notice. However, in some cases, you may experience a significant stain that has the potential to cause long-term damage to the dress.

If this happens on your big day, the first step is to not panic! Reassure yourself with the knowledge that stain removal and wedding gown preservation technology can remove many tough blemishes. For the best chance of having a stain removed when being treated by our Charleston wedding dress cleaning team, follow these steps immediately.

Makeup stains: Among the many ways that your wedding dress can become stained, makeup is easily one of the biggest hazards. Spray tan residue, foundation, lipstick, blush, and mascara can easily find their way onto your gown. If you notice any kind of makeup residue on your dress, it is advised that you remove any excess amount with a dry cloth. After this, you can treat the stain with small amounts of rubbing alcohol, followed by water.

Food & beverage stains: When dining, and when visiting with your guests, food and beverage stains will be a constant possibility. Some stains are barely noticeable, while others (such as red wine or coffee) are obvious. No matter what type of food or beverage is spilled on your gown, you’ll be relieved to know that these stains are easy to treat. Simply mix a few drops of a gentle dishwashing soap with water, and treat the stained area.

Dirt stains: Although not usually noticed until after the wedding, dirt from the outdoors, and/or from the venue flooring, can stain the bottom of your gown. Almost every gown ends up with at least some dirt on the bottom. Unfortunately, some stains are worse than others. If you notice dirt anywhere on your dress, you can treat it in the exact same way as food and beverage stains, with one slight change. In addition to water and gentle dish soap, you can add vinegar or lemon juice to boost the stain fighting capabilities.

Whether your wedding dress winds up mostly clean, or with a major stain, make it a priority to get your gown cleaned as soon as possible. As the area’s only certified wedding gown cleaner, you can trust our Charleston wedding dress cleaning team for all of your needs. Have questions about our process? Get in touch with us today!