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Preserving June Wedding Memories

Millie Kwan - Friday, May 04, 2012

bride in wedding dressYou want to feel and look like a princess on your wedding day. You spent hours trying on dresses, finally finding the perfect gown. Once the day is over how do you care for your beautiful dress to either preserve your dress as a keepsake, or perhaps for your own daughter to wear on her wedding day. We are here to help – you will need a professional’s help before storing this treasure.

Beware of invisible stains from food, beverages, and body oil. If these stains are not properly cleaned, they may become permanent. Therefore, it is important to point out any stains or spills to us before cleaning.

Most wedding gowns have some sort of decorative trim. Be sure to inspect these trims with us prior to cleaning since many trims are not made to withstand the dry cleaning process. For example, many beads, glitter, sequins, and laces are attached to gowns with adhesives that dissolve during dry cleaning. Some beads and glitter are made of plastics or covered with surface coatings that are not solvent- resistant. In many of these cases, the trim becomes separated from the dress or altered in some way.

In some cases, decorative trims yellow as their finishes oxidize. An ivory or ecru trim may lose its color and no longer match the gown if a dye component is lost in cleaning. Color failures of this type are due to poor colorfastness of the dye, not to improper cleaning.

Sarni Cleaners has many years' experience in wedding gown alterations, cleaning and preservation/heirlooming. Call us at 1-800-727-6475 or stop by one of our locations for a free consultation. 

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