Brides often ask us, “should I clean or preserve my wedding dress?” The answer depends on what you plan on doing with your gown.
If you plan to sell your wedding dress, the best option is cleaning alone. If you’d like to keep the dress for a future daughter, preservation is your answer. Undecided? Then you’ll want preservation too.
The Association of Wedding Gown Specialists always recommends that you clean your dress as soon as possible after your wedding. (Even if there are no visible stains). The sooner you have your dress cleaned, the sooner all stains can be removed. This includes visible stains but also invisible ones (like sweat or champagne) which will only become visible over time. Immediate cleaning removes these stains before they have time to damage the delicate fibers of your gown. And it also increases the resale value of your dress by approximately 10-20%.
When you preserve a gown, not only is it carefully cleaned, but an Association member will then store it according to museum quality standards. This includes layering it with acid-free tissue and folding into an acid-free storage chest to protect the gown from light and air exposure. protecting protect your gown for many years to come. This extra step is important if you know you want to save your gown, but it’s an unnecessary expense if the gown will be worn again by another bride within a few years.
Whether you want to just clean or clean and preserve your dress, we always recommend the experts at the Association of Wedding Gown Specialists. Their certified specialists will take every precaution to protect delicate beads, trims, and lace throughout your cleaning. And their thoroughness and attention to detail guarantee your beloved gown will get the care it deserves.
From now until December 31, 2017, The Association of Wedding Gown Specialists is offering PreOwnedWeddingDresses.com users $35 off wedding gown cleanings and preservations. Get your coupon here. Why trust anyone else with your special gown?
We love everything about wedding dresses! And we know that they need expert care when being cleaned and preserved in order to maintain their true beauty. That’s why we recommend the Association of Wedding Gown Specialists. Their members (located worldwide) are trained to handle even the most intricately designed wedding dresses and their careful procedures provides your beloved gown with the attention it needs – and deserves!
When caring for a wedding dress, Association members follow a meticulous process:
Take your gown to any Association member and they’ll give you a free consultation on what’s needed to clean, preserve and (if necessary) repair your gown. They’ll answer any and all questions you have about your dress.
Each gown is carefully inspected by a trained expert to find any damaged threads or loose beading. Then the gown goes through a series of black light test to detect any invisible or obscure stains.
Each wedding dress is hand treated and individually cleaned. Every precaution is taken to ensure delicate beading, lace and embroidery is protected during the process. Association members know that different fibers need different chemicals and procedures and that not all stains can be treated the same. Association members even know how to view stains under magnification to see how deeply the stain is embedded or whether the fiber under the stain is damaged.
If your gown is being preserved, you can personally view and inspect it before it is carefully layered, folded and stored into an acid free archival-quality wedding chest to protect to from exposure to light and air.
It’s always easier to remove a stain soon after wear, so if you’ve just said your I Do’s, it’s smart to have your dress cleaned within a few weeks.
Nervous about selecting a wedding dress cleaner for your beloved gown? Don’t be. The Association of Wedding Dress Specialists will give your gown the care it needs to achieve its highest resale value, or to be cleaned and preserved for a future daughter to love.
Want to know why we recommend them so highly? Here are our 5 top reasons:
They are true experts
An Association member will clean your gown to standard museum-quality practices. They’ll also give you a free consultation on your gown and advice on cleaning both visible and invisible stains.
They’re industry recognized
More than 70 different designers sew Association of Wedding Gown Specialists care instructions into their wedding gowns. See the full list of designer who recommend the Association here.
They’ve been awarded in blind testing
National Bridal Service did blind testing of four national preservation companies and proved that the Association of Wedding Gown Specialists preservation was the cleanest, provided the safest packaging, and offered the most comprehensive guarantee. See the full results here.
Through a donation to Carbonfund.org, the Association offsets all carbon emissions resulting from cleaning and preserving your gown. (Even including your travel to the Specialist near you!)
They offer a written guarantee
Each member of the Association honors the written guarantee of other members. So you can bring your wedding gown preservation to any member to have your gown inspected and pressed at no charge.
And, as if you needed any more reasons, The Association is currently offering PreOwnedWeddingDresses.com users a $35 discount on all cleaning, alteration and pressing services. Register for the discount here. And feel confident that your gown is in expert hands!
When’s the best time to clean your wedding dress? Right after your wedding. That’s when obvious stains like red wine and lipstick have the best chance of being removed. And invisible stains (like sweat and champagne) can be discovered and dealt with.
Studies have been done that show the success rate for stain removal is almost 100% (!) if attempted within 24 hours and decreases from there. That’s because natural fibers such as silk, cotton, and linen are hollow. And when stains penetrate the fibers, they actually dye them.
Ever wonder why red lipstick and red wine are so difficult to remove? They literally bond with the fiber. It can be difficult to remove stains from artificial fibers, too, if they are left untreated.
Another factor is oxidation. Just as metal changes color with age, fabric yellows over time. If stains are left untreated on a gown that oxidizes, when they are removed, your gown will show white spots where there was oxidation. Yikes.
The best plan is to have your gown cleaner identified before your wedding date. And if you dress has major damage (like a dreaded red wine spill), one of your besties can rush it there immediately after your big day. Otherwise, you’ll want to take it to your specialist within 1-2 weeks of your wedding (giving you a bit more time to admire it after you become a Mrs).
PreOwnedWeddingDresses.com recommends the experts at the Association of Wedding Gown Specialists. With over 500 locations worldwide, there’s likely a trusted specialist near you. (And available courier service if not).