Wedding Dress Restoration
Wedding Dress Cleaning
Having years of wedding dress cleaning experience, we concentrate on the smaller details that make all the difference in ensuring that your dress looks fantastic.
After a long day of celebration, most wedding dresses will have picked up small food stains, drops from drinks, make-up / false tan marks and of course, the end of the dress can get very dirty from dragging along the ground, not to mention the dance floor!
We use a special spotting area with very bright lights to search and find every tiny mark, spot, blemish or stain. We then treat each of these separately with a combination of specialised solvents, steam and high pressured air. This is where our experience and knowledge really shines. See below for more detail on the steps we take on cleaning your wedding dress.
Once its been cleaned, we then re-examine every inch of the dress to see if any of the stains did not fully come out. Anything that is not perfect is re-treated and the entire dress is cleaned again. We repeat this process until the dress is perfect or until the stain stops improving. In almost all cases, we get all stains out of the dress completely and make it look like new again! The sooner we get the dress after the wedding the higher the chance that we can achieve this for you.
Our Restoration Process
The Expert Way
All bridal gowns are first thoroughly inspected on our spotting table. The spotting table is a special purpose-made table with a number of built in tools such as vacuum, steam and high pressured air. The spotting table sits under very bright lights which help us to find any tiny spot, mark, blemish or stain on your dress.
There are all kinds of sources of these, such as make up, false tan, food, beer, wine, grass etc.
We have specialist solvents, equipment and techniques for treating every mark. For example, we have a solvent that removes tea stains and a different one that removes false tan! The cleaner’s experience and knowledge is really key here to identifying the source of the stain and choosing the right solvent or technique to remove it fully.
Most wedding gowns during the wedding day gain a lot of dirt around the edges of the bottom of the dress and train. We spend a lot of time treating and hand cleaning this area to ensure it comes up bright and perfectly clean.
After all of the treatments above are complete, the dress is then cleaned according to the dress fabric and manufacturer’s recommendations. We have a choice of several machines and techniques to choose from to ensure that this is done in the best way possible for your dress.
Once clean, we then bring the dress back to the spotting table where it is re-examined in great detail to ensure that all of the stains identified have come out fully. If any stains are not fully out, we will then re-treat these stains and completely re-clean the dress. If necessary, dresses will be treated and cleaned multiple times to achieve the best possible results without damaging your precious dress.
We always follow the manufacturer’s care instructions and take every precaution to protect any beading, crystals or other embellishments.
Once fully clean, every inch of the dress is then hand pressed layer by layer by our knowledgeable dry cleaner, Paul.
He uses a dry cleaning press with intense steam & vacuum and his extensive experience of pressing intricate wedding gowns.
Once finished, the dress is thoroughly checked before being hung up high to await collection or delivery.
You are obviously welcome to inspect the results when your dress is returned to you!