It’s June! Which means wedding season is in full swing.

Whether you’ve been recently married, or are about to tie the knot, you’ve probably asked the question: “How do I care for my beautiful dress?” Whether you want to preserve your wedding dress as a keepsake, or are thinking about passing it down to your daughter on her wedding day, Klinke Cleaners is here to help!

It’s important to have your wedding dress cleaned ASAP after the wedding. This will help avoid stains setting in — including hidden ones that contain sugar, which can turn brown over time. If you’re going on your honeymoon right away, it might be a good idea to have your maid of honor, or one of your bridesmaids, bring your wedding dress in for cleaning and preserving. Be sure to have the cleaner picked out before hand so you can be sure the dress is being taken care of properly.

How do you determine the best cleaning method for your wedding dress? Here’s some sound advice from Klinke Cleaners …

Taking Your Wedding Dress to the Dry Cleaners
Before deciding where to take your dress, check the cleaning label. If there’s no label, call the shop you purchased the dress from and ask them for advice. Most modern-day dresses can be taken to the dry cleaners. If this is the case, Klinke Cleaners would love to help preserve your wedding dress!

When You Shouldn’t Take Your Wedding Dress to the Dry Cleaners
If your dress is vintage, dry cleaning is not advisable. The fabric may have weakened over time, and many older fabrics were not made to withstand the dry cleaning process. In this case, hand or spot cleaning is recommended.

If your wedding gown has decorative trim, it may not be able to stand up to the dry cleaning process. Many beads, glitter, sequins and laces are attached to gowns with glues/adhesives that can dissolve when dry-cleaned. Even if the decorative trim is sewn on, beads and glitter may be made of plastic coated with non-solvent resistant finishes. If this is the case, trim may separate from the dress, warp or change color.

In addition, some decorative trims will yellow as their finishes oxidize. An ivory or ecru trim may lose its color and no longer match the gown if a dye component is lost in cleaning. Color failures of this type are due to poor colorfastness of the dye, not to improper cleaning.

Still have questions? Talk with your local Klinke Cleaners staff. We’re always happy to help!