Can you really clean your own wedding gown at home? That depends. Here are some factors to consider about wedding gown cleaning at home. What type or types of fabrics were used in the construction of your gown. Is it polyester, silk, rayon, or a combination of fabrics. Is it taffeta, chiffon, charmuse, or organza?
Each different type of fabric may require a different approach first in getting stains our and second in the actual cleaning of the gown. Many fabrics can be hand washed, or what the industry calls “wet cleaned” using water and various detergents.
Next to consider are any embellishment, lace, pearls or crystals that may be on the gown. Sometimes the embroidery thread is different than the wedding gown fabric. For example: embroidery done on silk is usually done with cotton thread. Cotton and silk can react differently to different cleaning methods. The same thing can be true about lace on the gown. Also are the pearls and/or crystals sewn on or glued on. Older gownes typically have glued on crystals and pearls. Better quality older gownes and most modern wedding gownes usually have sewn on crystals and pearls. (If they are glued on then dry-cleaning solvents can disolve the glue or discolor the crystal or pearl).