Few things 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.
While a gown may be worn just one day, and may not appear soiled, it will require careful cleaning. Some stains, which are not immediately visible, will develop with age through oxidation causing discolouration, fabric weakness and damage to the gown.
Our advanced system guarantees that your gown will be as good as the day you wore it down the aisle.
After meticulous cleaning by our 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.
This sealed packaging allows viewing of your gown at any time, while protecting your gown from mould, mildew, insect damage and oxidation. The inner box is placed in a durable long term storage chest for additional safety.
Using the same methods we can also preserve your other cherished garments including christening gowns, sporting memorabilia and any other garment… antique or contemporary. Click here to find out more.
7 Reasons to 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.
- 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 you gown from mould and mildew by controlling & preventing moisture & 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.
After the Wedding
After the wedding the sooner the gown is cleaned and preserved the better the results will be. Unfortunately the reality is that after they are worn many gowns are placed in a plastic bag and left hanging in a wardrobe with good intentions to have it cleaned sometime soon. These gowns are often left uncleaned for weeks, months and even years which can cause irreversible damage.
All gowns will need cleaning even if they do not appear to be soiled. Body oils, lotions, hairsprays, food and beverage spills will not always appear immediately and will develop with age. The longer a stain remains on a gown, the worse it becomes and will even cause discolouration, fabric weakness and damage to the gown.
The most up to date methods of cleaning and preservation are used to ensure the best possible results for your gown. The staff at Neweys examine every gown to ensure the most suitable method of cleaning and inspections are made at every stage of the process.
After meticulous cleaning your gown is placed in acid-free sealed packaging that allows viewing of the gown at any time. This controlled storage environment protects your gown from mould, mildew, insect damage, yellowing, dust and UV damage.
Our advanced preservation system guarantees that your gown will remain as beautiful as the day it was worn down the aisle.
Simple Gown Cleaning Tips Every Bride Should Know!
The wedding gown in the picture to the right is a simple and stunning design. It can be wet cleaned or dry cleaned using a gentle solvent with a low KB value such as GreenEarth or Hydrocarbon.
When deciding the best method to clean your wedding gown, your Prestige Preservation Specialist will take into consideration a variety of factors, including:
- What type of materials were used to make the gown?
- What are the current care label recommendations?
- What type of stains are present on the gown?
- The age and condition of the gown. What embellishments are used and how are they adhered to the gown?
All of the factors above combined with experience help your gown specialist decide the appropriate prespotting techniques and cleaning methods. Their state of the art facilities house the most up to date equipment for the latest fashions in wedding gown designs, to successfully process over a thousand gowns per week.
So, what can you do to ensure the best results in cleaning your gown?
- Look for well- made designs by reputable retailers.
Ask the wedding gown representative how they recommend their gowns to be cleaned. If they recommend a method- it means they have done their testing to ensure their gown is serviceable.
- Look to see how the beads, crystals and other embellishments are adhered to your gown.
Glues often do not last and you run risk of damage during wear. If this happens, will the retailer be able to supply you with replacements if needed?
- Look your gown over before sending it to the Prestige Preservation Specialist. Write a quick note to identify stains.
Put your name and telephone number if you would like them to call you to discuss any questions you may have. It helps to let them know the type of stain whether it is wine, cake, coffee etc. The type of stain dictates the best method to remove the stain. The more they know the better they can help you. If there is a tough stain you can ask to see the gown before it is preserved to see how it cleaned.
- Is your gown a family heirloom?
If your gown has been handed down, look for weak seams and have the gown specialist repair and inspect the gown prior to your wedding day. This will help prevent mishaps on your special day. Any loose flowers, beads, crystal etc. can be reinforced to last, keeping your gown looking like it did the first time it was worn. Also, many brides send along an extra picture of themselves and the groom to be included on the inside of the wedding gown chest beside their wedding gown for all to see.
Always remember to keep your preserved gown in a cool, dark place to keep it safe but accessible to show your family and friends.