We have many clients calling us to ask about their wedding dresses. Mainly they have had such an amazing day that their dress needs some TLC. We usually recommend that they get their dress dry cleaned by specialists.
- You don’t want your dress to be ruined, so a dry cleaner with experience needs to look after it. We recommend Mr Steeds. They also box the dress and wrap it in acid free tissue.
- Store your dress away from light, heat and damp.
- Acid-free tissue is pH-neutral. High density and superior quality, it is essential for the long-term storage of garments. Eradicating the risk of discolouration and minimalising the threat of mould and damp damage, pH-neutral tissue paper can have a life expectancy of up to 500 years.
- Store your dress in a breathable box! You can find a selection of storage boxes in our shop.
- Once packed away, check on the dress every 6 months or so to ensure nothing untoward has happened to it. Unpacking the dress and repacking (e.g. once a year) can help prevent any creases becoming too permanent.
- Anti-moth: Refresh your out of date anti-moth products, throw them away if they have been in the wardrobe more than a year and re-fill lavender bags.
- Vintage repairs and maintenance: If any buttons have fallen off, zips have broken, hems have fallen down, or clothes have grown too big or too small take them to be altered and repaired. Don’t leave anything in the wardrobe that needs something doing to it, chances are it will not be worn.
- Don’t leave in plastic or exposed to sunlight.
- Do not store in a normal cardboard box. Unless made with special pH-neutral board, all boxes contain acid that passes into the dress fabric causing discolouration or yellowing.
- Wardrobes, drawers, suitcase linings and colour dyes in clothes will all have an effect on the purer fabrics of a wedding dress if it lies next to it. It is always best to separate a wedding dress from any other item and to surround it with an acid free medium.
- NEVER wrap the wedding dress in coloured tissue paper. All coloured tissue paper contains dye which will affect the dress. Place the dress in a genuinely dark place, and tissue paper should be white and acid-free.
- Although OK short term, don’t hang a dress on a hanger long term, to avoid stress on the seams and shape.
- Never store the dress in the attic. All sorts of disasters such as a leaking roof, general damp and insects can affect a dress in the attic, even if it is well protected!