How to select a Wedding Gown Preservation Company

Published: 01st September 2010
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Find out what you need to know to select the best wedding dress preservation company for your personal use.

Ask your local bridal salon who they use to preserve wedding gown. Then go online and know the process that this company uses to preserve wedding dress. Get a print of their process. Rinse and repeat for other companies.

Now, compare the prints that you have and choose the company who is using proper method to preserve you wedding gown.

When selecting a dry cleaner, you will need to know which solvents your local cleaner uses, or if he sends bridal gowns out, which solvent the wholesale dry cleaner uses.

Select a dry cleaner that uses distilled solvent to clean wedding dresses. Because garment cleaned in dirty solvent will have a dry clean smell.

A good dry cleaner will use virgin solvent on all wedding gowns. A clean wedding dress must not smell like cleaning solvent.

Wet Cleaning – Some dry cleaners use wet cleaning for their bridal gowns. This method uses only water and has several advantages.

Dry Cleaning – There are four solvent commonly used in cleaning wedding dresses and that are: Perchloroethylene, Stoddard solvent, Hydrocarbon, and Silicone.

Let’s talk about each of them below:

1. Perchloroethylene – Commonly known as Perc. This is the most widely used solvent by all dry cleaners and it is the best solvent for degreasing for silk, rayon, or acetate and dirt.

2. Stoddard solvent – This solvent is harder to find and is petroleum-based solvent. This solvent cannot be used in strip mall type dry cleaning shops, because of fire regulations. This solvent is safer for cleaning dresses with sequins and beads than Perchloroethylene.

3. Hydrocarbon – This is a newly formulated petroleum based solvent. This is also safer for beads and sequins like Stoddard solvent. However, it is not quite effective at degreasing.

4. Silicone – Silicone solvent is not as aggressive as Perchloroethylene. But it is safer for beads and sequins like Hydrocarbon. Also, it is most environment friendly solvent.

To do proper wedding gown preservation, following should be included. hand inspection upon receiving the gown, hand clean the hem and top of bodice, note any stains, treat all stains with proper solutions, treat the dress for sugar stains, dry-clean the dress, re-inspect the dress, hand press and hand steam the dress, place the dress on a bust form, place in a special acid free wedding gown storage box using acid free tissue, place the storage/display box in a shipping box and ship to you.

Experience is almost certainly the most significant factor to consider choosing the dry cleaner. Check with your local bridal shops to see whom they use and recommend.

If your dress and lining are polyester, with or without beads and sequins, wet cleaning should be safe and will get your dress the cleanest. Check the label carefully, and look dry, clean sink Label ID or limit the amount of water. If you are unsure, test clean the visible part of the dress. You should be able to safely hand wash most suits if you care polyester.

For the past 30 years, brides across the country have enjoyed our respected wedding dress cleaning and preservation services. Memories Gown Preservation grew to be one of the largest and most trusted wedding gown preservation companies with the highest quality services in the country. That’s because we dry clean differently than everyone else. Visit or call 866-492-GOWN (4696) to maintain the beauty of your treasured Wedding Gown.

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