If your dress is going to survive short- or long-term preservation, proper handling, before, during and after storage is essential. Wedding dresses are made from very delicate fabrics. Any direct contact with sweat, natural oils produced by the skin, perfume and lotions as well as sharp objects – such as jewelry – can lead to serious damage.
To minimize any risk of staining or damage to your wedding dress during handling, it is recommended that you thoroughly wash up – to get rid of any make up, natural oils and lotion on your skin – remove any jewelry that may pull on the delicate fabric; and when possible, wear white cotton gloves. The same goes for anyone else who might be handling the dress before and after storage.
Most importantly, whether you are preparing your wedding dress for, or taking it out of storage, remember to keep the bottom from coming into contact with the ground.
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Some of the main concerns when it comes to long-term storage of your wedding dress – more than 8 months or a year – include yellowing, brown spots, growth of mold and mildew and formation of deep creases.
Before placing your wedding dress in long-term storage, it is recommended that you first have it professionally cleaned – the same goes when taking the dress out of long-term preservation. This way, you can get rid of any invisible stains that may cause serious damage in the long run.
You should also avoid leaving your dress hanging in a plastic cover over the long-term. The plastic cover increases the risk of mold and mildew growth, as well as the formation of stains as chemicals leach from it and into the dress, over time.
To solve these problems, it is recommended that you store your dress in an acid and lignin free storage container designed for this specific purpose. Storing the dress in a container also eliminates the need for hanging.
One of the most expensive items on any wedding budget is a wedding dress. If you wish to keep your wedding dress in its best condition, for a few months, before the big day, or for years, afterwards; our proper wedding dress preservation is essential.