According to Brides Magazine, the average bride waits approximately six weeks to take in her wedding dress to be cleaned. In addition to this figure, there are many other women who forget about (or do not know of) the importance of taking their dresses in for a post-wedding cleaning. No matter where you are in the wedding planning process, it is crucial to add wedding gown preservation to the top of your to-do list. If you are still deciding whether or not Charleston wedding gown preservation services will be right for you, explore three reasons as to why this process is essential.
Preserving your gown requires more than just a simple cleaning
For those who are unfamiliar with the process, wedding gown preservation is a series of techniques that ensures the longevity of your wedding gown. Rather than simply cleaning your dress and storing it in your closet, skillful preservation helps your dress look flawless for decades to come.
To achieve this, your dress is first deeply cleaned to remove all stains from the gown. This is a must to prevent further staining and damage over the course of time. All wedding dresses are hand cleaned using gentle cleaning agents. After the stains are removed, your gown is rinsed in pure solvent until all cleaning agents are removed.
Following the cleaning of your dress, it is personally inspected before being layered with acid-free tissue, and folded into an acid-free, archival-quality wedding gown chest. This careful storage technique protects your dress from exposure to both light and air. Because both light and air are the primary causes of damage/signs of aging to wedding dresses, this is the only storage method that will ensure that your dress stays safe and beautiful.
The process removes both visible and hidden stains
Dirt from the dance floor, beverages, food, and make up are just some of the potential stains that could end up on your gown by the end of your wedding night. Since it becomes more challenging to remove stains the longer your dress sits, taking it in to be cleaned immediately is crucial. When you order Charleston wedding gown preservation services, your dress will not only be inspected for visible stains, but it will also be evaluated for hidden stains.
Stains from various sources (especially those containing sugar) can dry without leaving a visible mark. What many brides do not realize is that over time, sugary stains, which are not dissolved during ordinary dry cleaning, will caramelize into visible brown stains. As part of your preservation service, you can feel at ease with having all of these invisible stains removed prior to being stored.
Preservation also helps prevent nearly every sign of aging
Even after a few years of improper storage, wedding gowns can begin showing significant signs of aging. Some of the most common issues that arise include mold and mildew, yellowing, brown spots from oxidation, and permanent creasing of the fabric. Once these blemishes occur, they can be extremely challenging to remove. The preservation process can completely prevent all of these signs of aging. It even helps your gown retain fabric quality, shape, and color.
The key to keeping your gown as gorgeous as possible after your wedding is to schedule your preservation service as soon as possible. To learn more about our Charleston wedding gown preservation services, get in touch with us by phone (843.532.3258) or our contact form. We offer free consultations and estimates for the care of your new or vintage bridal gown.