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Gown Preservation


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The Importance of Cleaning and Preserving Your Gown

Most brides today realize the importance of having their dress cleaned after their busy wedding day is over.   Over time, organic elements such as dirt, bodily oils, and food stains like icing can wreak havoc on the delicate materials your gown was created with.  If left untreated for a few years, those areas of your dress that looked perfectly white before putting your gown away will begin to break down and cause those untreated areas to yellow. 

There is even a popular news story that recently made headlines about a bride’s mother who had her dress preserved with a shady wedding dress cleaning company that is no longer in existence (for good reason apparently!).  When the woman’s daughter opened the box (the box had no viewing window) 20 years later, she found the gown had yellowed and had appeared to never even have been treated in the first place.  Needless to say, the bride wasn’t happy and the mother was devastated that the bride wouldn’t be able to honor her by wearing the gown on her wedding day.

Going a Step Further to Protect Your Dress

Having your wedding dress professionally cleaned will indeed take care of those harmful stains but will having your gown cleaned, and not preserved, insure that your dress will look perfect if left untouched for 20, 50 or even 100 years? There is a special last step that our preservation company uses during the cleaning process that insures this!  The last step involves an invisible micro treatment that coats and protects your gown as it rests in the preservation chest.  Not only does it protect the gown as it is stored but the treatment actually will protect the gown if worn again in the future, repelling future stains and keeping the fabric as vibrant and beautiful as the day you received your gown after it was preserved by us.

Additional Reasons for Preserving Your Gown

Wrinkles and fabric “hang” can also cause irreparable damage to your gown over the long term.  Wrinkles can cause fabric to weaken and fray over time at point of the fold.  We hand press all of the gowns that we preserve to ensure there are no wrinkles left in the dress before it is placed in our preservation display chest.  Fabric “hang” is caused by storing your gown on a hanger in your closet.  You probably took note of how heavy your wedding dress was while you were making your way through your wedding day.  Letting all of that weight rest on a hanger year after year will inevitably stretch and damage the shoulder material of your gown.  To solve this we’ve created different sizes and shapes of busts that your gown rests on in the preservation chest.  This allows your dress to rest naturally over the years, maintaining the same shape the seamstress intended when the gown was designed and fitted.

Clearly you can see the long term benefits of having your dress preserved rather than “cleaned-only”.  One of the biggest advantages of using our preferred company, is that you get museum quality service at a fraction of the price you’d pay at a local dry cleaning service because ALL the company that we use only does wedding dress cleaning and preservation.

For more information, or to purchase the gown preservation process through us please call 503-213-1292.