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Wedding Gown Preservation

Wedding Gown Cleaning & Preservation

Few things in life are as cherished as a Wedding Gown. With the careful planning that goes into selecting the perfect gown, many brides choose to preserve their gown with the hope of passing it down to a daughter or keeping it as a memento of their special day.

Wedding Gown Cleaning

 

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At Master Dry Cleaners, we specialise in dry cleaning Wedding Gowns and are one of only a selection of Dry Cleaners in Australia that is part of the Association of Wedding Gown Specialists (AWGS).  Master Dry Cleaners have over 60 years’ experience in the industry and with 5 convenient locations across Melbourne we invite you to have your Wedding Gown cared for by a Certified Wedding Gown Specialist.

As a AWGS member, we provide you with the finest of care for your special garments and our Museum Style preservation techniques ensure that your garments are preserved, along with the memories attached with them.

We take great pride in offering this service and have developed some package options for Gown Cleaning and Preservation. Please see below for more information.

 

1. Cleaning and Preservation includes:

  • Your gown is expertly inspected, cleaned and pressed, by a Certified Wedding Gown Specialist, paying extra attention to the hem line and other areas we see necessary
  • Your gown is then expertly boxed in a special deluxe wedding box which can be stored in a safe and secure place for years to come

2. Cleaning only includes:

    • Your gown is expertly inspected, cleaned and pressed, by a Certified Wedding Gown Specialist, paying extra attention to the hem line and other areas we see necessary
    • Your gown is then placed in a Gown Bag, or back in the bag that you have provided on a hanger

For more information, see the Seven Stages of Wedding Gown Cleaning and Preservation

We specialise in:

      • Wedding Dresses
      • Christening Gowns
      • Debutante Dresses

We can also provide you with Free Pick Up and Delivery to some areas.

Clean & Preserve Your Gown

Once the wedding is over, brides are faced with the quandary of what to do with their cherished wedding gown. The answer is simple… have your gown professionally cleaned and preserved. Below are seven reasons why you should properly clean and preserve your gown after your big day.

1. Invisible stains

Waiting until after the honeymoon to have your wedding gown cleaned and preserved is waiting too long. Stains that you may not notice immediately will oxidise and develop with age and can cause irreversible damage to the fabric and the gown. If left untreated these stains can be difficult or impossible to remove down the track. Ideally, you should make arrangements to have your gown professionally dry cleaned as soon as possible after your wedding day, so that your gown will remain as beautiful as the day it was worn down the aisle.
Invisible stains can include:
  • Perspiration
  • Deodorant
  • Hairspray
  • Perfumes
  • Body lotions and cosmetics
  • Cake icing
  • Champagne or other drink stains
After meticulous cleaning by Prestige Preservations’ wedding gown specialists, your gown is carefully sealed in our MuseumStyleTM, acid-free inner box that controls humidity. The oxygen is purged and replaced with an inert gas, virtually making oxidation impossible.

2. Sentimental Value

For most brides they have spent a great deal of time and thought selecting their perfect gown and it is the most important memento of their perfect day. A wedding gown holds a great deal of sentimental value and is a treasured keepsake that if properly cleaned and preserved, can last for years to come.

3. Passing it Down

Few things are as cherished as a wedding gown. With the careful planning that goes into selecting the perfect gown, many brides hope that one day they can pass it down to a daughter, younger sister or close family friend. Proper cleaning and preservation of your gown can keep this dream alive and ensure that the gown will remain as beautiful as the day you wore it down the aisle.

4. Mould & Mildew

Mould & Mildew can completely ruin your precious gown. If your gown is left hanging in a damp cold wardrobe, mould and mildew will ultimately grow. Not to mention if your shower leaks into your wardrobe or even if your roof leaks. Prestige Preservations’ sealed packaging protects your gown from mould and mildew by controlling and preventing moisture and humidity levels.

5. Yellowing

For a variety of reasons, unpreserved gowns can yellow with age. One of the leading causes of bridal gown yellowing is the plastic bags that many brides keep their gowns in. Most plastics give off damaging chemical fumes that actually promote yellowing and wedding gowns kept in plastic bags are exposed to the most harmful environment possible.
Prestige Preservations’ method stores your gown in an acid-free environment which is your best protection against yellowing.

6. Exposure to Light

Continuous exposure to sunlight and artificial light can cause weakening, yellowing and fading of wedding gown fabrics. Prestige Preservations’ specially designed packing protects your precious wedding gown from exposure to light.

7. Other factors

An unpreserved gown is vulnerable to many other factors including, dust & dirt, bacteria, insects & general handling just to name a few. A properly preserved gown will protect against all these factors and more.

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The Seven Stages of Wedding Gown Cleaning and Preservation

The key to a long-lasting wedding gown is opting for a high-quality cleaning and preservation treatment by experienced industry experts. On that note, allow us to walk you through our trademark seven stages of wedding dress garment care.

Step One: Detailing

Prior to beginning the cleaning process, all gowns are carefully inspected by a member of our team. A report is completed in order to determine what fabrics any given dress is made of, as well as how it is constructed.
Photographs of the dress can be taken, so that at the conclusion of the cleaning and preservation process, we can confirm that every detail is still intact.

Step Two: Stain Removal

The ideal treatment to lift a mark or stain is always selected by a certified and experience professional. Delicate brushes are used to target the areas that are soiled, included hem lines and underarms. A steam gun may then be used to thoroughly cleanse the area without damaging the dress, before very gently “feathering out” the area with air.

Step Three: Cleaning

Each Gown is cleaned separately, and according to cleaning instruction on the care labels.We have many option in which to clean our gowns, Dry Cleaning, in either PERC or HYDROCARBON solvents, or using our expert wet cleaning methods.

Step Four: Minor Repairs

Loose hems, buttons and trims and other garment woes will be attended to. If any ornamentation or decoration was removed and cleaned separately, it will be re-attached by our trained specialists at this step, using the photographs taken during detailing to ensure every detail is perfect when a dress arrives home.

Step Five: Hand-Finishing

Using professional finishing equipment and pressers our expert technicians individually finish the fabric of a gown.

Step Six: Inspection

All gowns are carefully, thoroughly and formally inspected in exacting detail by our experienced staff before they are returned to a client. Photos may be taken at this time and the report completed.

Step Seven: Packaging
When boxing, all gowns are carefully wrapped in acid-free tissue (to prevent yellowing or damaging over time), and the gown will then be placed in our rnage of deluxe wedding gown chests.

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Real Bride Spotlight: GET FEATURED ON OUR BLOG!

Wedding Gown Specialists blog

  • We would love to feature YOU on the Association of Wedding Gown Specialists’ blog! We want to know all about your wedding, your dress, and why you decided to trust us (a member of the Association) to clean and preserve your wedding gown.
  • If you are interested, simply provide us with your name and e-mail address. The Assistant Director for our Association, Natalia, will reach out to you for more information.
  • We can’t wait to see your wedding on the blog! Follow the link to read about other brides on our blog: https://weddinggownspecialists.com/blog