There are several steps to making sure that your wedding gown cleaning at home will be successful.
If you haven’t read our previous article on doing it at home or having your gown professionally cleaned it would be a good idea to review that article as well.
The best way to start is for you to check the garment care label. This label is required by law to be sewn into every gown sold in the U.S. It is to recommend the care that the manufacturer recommends for that specific gown. It is based on the fabric materials, any embellishments, and it’s construction.
It is usually best to follow the manufacturer’s fabric care instructions.
There can be exceptions with good results. Polyester fabrics are usually the easiest and best to work with when trying to clean your own wedding gown at home. Silk is by far and away the most difficult fabric to clean at home. It requires dry cleaning rather than wet-cleaning. Water on silk fabric is asking for a disaster.
If you gown is polyester then you can feel fairly safe about continuing. Before you fill your bath tub with water, thoroughly clean it. You don’t want your wedding gown in water that has soap scrum, hair, or dead skin cells floating around in it. After cleaning the tub, make sure it’s well rinsed.