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Tips for Removing Stains from Wedding Dresses

remove-stains-02Since a wedding is certainly the most treasured moment of an individual’s lifetime, it is critical for the bride to ensure that her wedding dress is spotless. A stain or stains on your wedding gown can make it lose its modishness and make it appear rather messy. Stains may come from varied sources including tea, chocolate, food, wine, grass or other substances.

Since most wedding dresses are made of delicate fabric unlike normal clothing, one ought to observe extreme caution when trying to remove such stains or end up spoiling the dress. So, how easy or hard it will be to remove a stain is dependent on the wedding dress’s material.

It is important to take preventive measure immediately you stain your wedding dress to prevent the stain from growing worse or permanent. This involves making some attempts to conceal the stain especially when the wedding dress gets stains immediately before the ceremony has begun and there is no time to wash it entirely. Using a delicate baby wipe to dab the stain is certainly the best option. After doing that, sprinkle baby powder on the dabbed spot and the stain will be masked.

remove-stains-01Alternatively, use a clean, preferably white towel to dry out any moisture or a blunt knife to gently remove the residue. Make sure that you do not rub the spot to avoid smearing it over a wide area or make it absorb more into the fabric. Once the stain is concealed the bride is not afraid wedding dress stains appearing on photographs anymore.
There are various tips on how to remove stains from wedding dresses. In a case where the wedding dress fabric and lining are made of polyester, one can remove stains without breaking a sweat since polyester garments are generally easy to wash. However, hand-washing a polyester wedding dress will provide better results than dry-cleaning it. This is so because the solvents used in drycleaners are not effective in removing water-based stains such as those caused by sweat or food.

Removing stains from wedding dresses is a process that flows from one stage to another. First, one has to inspect the wedding dress thoroughly to ensure that they identify each and every single stain on it. This involves checking parts of the wedding dresses such as the armpits, bottom, train and also the hemline, which are sure parts to find stains. Unless one was careful and vigilant enough to lift their wedding dress’s train all through the ceremony, the train will certainly be most stained.

While identifying the various stains on the wedding dress, it is important to establish what they consist of. Is it food, chocolate, dust, wine or lipstick? By so doing, you will be in a better position to decide which washing detergent or stain remover is most suitable to do the job.

remove-stains-03The next step is to clean the hemline. Remember not to just soak the whole wedding dress at a go. It is important that you clean it bit by bit to achieve striking results. Therefore, soak the hemline in warm water and allow it some time, possibly a few hours to ensure that the stain detaches completely. Using a toothbrush or a relatively similar set of bristles and the stain remover or washing detergent, wash the hemline gently. Cleaning the linings, laces or trims vigorously may damage the fabric. Make sure to rinse the hemline thoroughly once you are done.

After you are done with cleaning the hemline, turn the top part of the wedding dress inside out and apply the washing detergent, stain remover or water solution on the lining. Just like previously, use a toothbrush to gently scrub the perspiration stains. Then wash the skirt lining but in case the wedding dress is designed in such a way that it has a multilayered skirt lining, ensure that you tackle each lining at a time so as to be certain that no stains are left.

With that taken care of, now scan the outer side of the wedding dress carefully to spot any stain present. Once you identify the stains, spray them lather and try to massage the fabric. If the stains seem to be stubborn, consider using the set of soft bristle or toothbrush but remember to do it gently. As stated earlier, uttermost care should be taken when cleaning the laces or trims.

Once you are sure that you have removed all the stains and your wedding dress is clean, fill the washing basin with warm water and carefully soak immerse the entire wedding dress into the basin. Gently press while turning the dress around repetitively so as to rinse out the lather. Drain the water from the washing basin and then fill it with clean water. Repeat the process for at least three times until the water is free of lathery bubbles. It is important to rinse out all soap and washing detergent as these may create new stains once the dress is dried.

After that, it is time to spread out the sparkling clean wedding dress to dry. It is not advisable to hang the wet dress on a hanger to dry because its weight could damage it. If possible, spread the dress on a vinyl-coated fold up rack and ascertain that the weight is proportionally distributed over the fold up stand. Never dry a wedding dress on uncovered wood because it will end up getting stained due to the dampness.

When the dress is almost dry and its weight has reduced considerably, one can hang it on the clothing line. Nevertheless, you should ensure that you try to straighten the wedding dress as much as possible and smooth the creases as well. As a result, ironing the dress will not be such a tedious process.

The final stage on how to remove stains on wedding dresses is ironing. For the dress to resume its original shape and sleekness, it has to be pressed. This is not such a easy task and it is better for one to have it done by a professional drycleaner. This is so because it is likely for one to spoil the dress especially if they set the iron box to temperatures higher that the recommended. But if one is confident that they can do it, they should first wipe their ironing board clean and also cover it with a clean cloth or towel while ironing.

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A senior writer and editor of The Green Guide and a father of 3 kids (1 girl and 2 boys). Rob's special interests include geography, enviroment study and hiking. Rob has traveled to over 100 places in 30 different countries in the past three years. His exotic and fun experiences will be talked in his new book which is going to be published soon.

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