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:
- 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.
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.