Wedding Dress Cleaning & Preservation
Not sure what to do with your wedding gown? The best thing to do is to have your wedding dress cleaned and preserved. This way you can store it easily, donate it or sell it. I work exclusively with a Certified Wedding Gown SpecialistTM who will process your bridal gown in the specialist’s own facility located in Connecticut.
Wedding Dress Cleaning & Preservation FAQ
How is it cleaned?
They carefully hand-clean your wedding gown with gentle chemicals that dissolve the different kinds of stains. Plus they take extra steps to be certain all stains, both seen and unseen, are removed because wedding day spills such as soda, wine, and cake (many times caused by a guest and unnoticed by you) can dry without leaving a visible mark. Otherwise, these sugary stains, which are not dissolved during ordinary dry cleaning, will caramelize into ugly brown stains. Once all the stains are dissolved, your wedding gown is rinsed in pure solvent until all chemicals are removed and your wedding gown is completely clean.
What is preservation?
Preservation means your completely clean gown is carefully packed with acid-free tissue in a museum-quality wedding chest that is also completely acid-free. This archival packaging protects your gown from the air and light that cause unprotected gowns to yellow.
What is green preservation?
The use of any solvent, no matter which kind, generates carbon emissions—even if only from the electricity that powers the machines. Carbonfund.org calculated the carbon emissions including your travel to and from us, the cleaning and preservation of your gown, and the manufacture of the wedding chest in which we pack your gown, and we make donations to Carbonfund.org that offset all the carbon emissions. Then Carbonfund.org uses our donations to plants trees.
How is it packaged?
Their trademarked MuseumCare™ wedding chest is completely acid-free, not just pH neutral. All acid is removed during the manufacturing process so it cannot re-acidify because it never contained any acid. However, boxes that are only pH-neutral can re-acidify because the neutralizer is water-soluble and will dissolve over time. Never use ordinary boxes and tissue because they are heavily acidic and cause yellowing. The acidic content of ordinary boxes and tissue can actually “scorch” gowns and leave dark brown streaks on your gown.
What is the guarantee?
There is a 100% international guarantee against caramelized sugar stains or yellowing of your gown that is honored by all members of the Association of Wedding Gown Specialists.
What about my veil and shoes?
Accessories such as your wedding veil may be included when you choose wedding gown cleaning and wedding gown preservation for your gown. We do not recommend you preserve your wedding shoes with your gown, but they can be cleaned and stored separately. You can trust us to remove stains by hand and protect your wedding gown according to the highest standards throughout our MuseumCare™ ZeroCarbon™ wedding gown cleaning process.
May I open my preservation?
The guarantee is not voided, but we are trained in museums never to handle an object unless it is necessary because there is always the potential for danger when you handle something. If your gown is handled excessively and becomes soiled, it should be cleaned and preserved again.