Friday, March 18, 2016

Wedding Dress Stain Tips & Quick-Fixes

You want everything to go perfectly on your wedding day. The best way to assure that this happens is to prepare for any possible mishaps before they have a chance to happen. Our South Florida bridal store has heard a few stories about wedding dresses that end up having something spilled on them while the bride is getting ready, and others about makeup smudges from all those well-wishing hugs and kisses from guests. 

There are some precautions that you can take to avoid stains altogether, and also a few things that you can have stashed in your emergency kit in case the unthinkable happens. Angelus Bridal & Formals wants you to be prepared so that a surprise stain is only a minor inconvenience rather than a major disaster. 

Preventing stains ahead of time.

Before the wedding day, keep your wedding dress in the closet, in its bag, away from everyone. The less you take it out, the less likely someone's dirty hands have a chance to smudge it. Only take it out if absolutely necessary. Make sure your hands are clean and there is nothing nearby to knock over and spill. If you are trying it on, avoid sitting down. Put it safely away as quickly as possible when you are done. 

When you are picking out your menu for the reception, if you are worried about stains on your gown, avoid choosing messy foods and foods that are heavily sauced. White wines also do a lot less damage than reds. 

Putting on your bridal gown should be one of the very last things that you do when getting ready on the wedding day. Eat and have your coffee, juice, or any other beverage other than water while you are still wearing your plain clothes. It won't hurt anything if you spill on those. 

Quick fixes for stains.

If you happen to get something on your wedding dress before or during the wedding, having a few quick-fix tricks waiting in your dressing room can save the day. First of all, if the stain is small and inconspicuous, it's probably best to leave it alone and let the professionals handle it after the wedding. 

In your emergency kit, be sure to pack the following items:

  • white cotton towels
  • white chalk (or a similar color to your dress)
  • baby powder
  • stain removal pen
  • rubbing alcohol
  • cotton swabs
  • cotton balls
  • bar of white soap

Always blot a stain, never rub. Rubbing can cause it to spread or go deeper into the fabric. Use a white towel to soak up what you can. If the stain is oil-based rather than water soluble, first sprinkle it with talcum powder to soak up the oil, then blot it with the white cloth. 

If you must use any type of cleaning solution on the material, first test a small spot on the underside of the hem to make sure the stain remover will not harm the dress. 

Spot-treat beginning at the edges of the stain and work your way in. This will help to keep it from spreading. Cotton swabs are wonderful for applying only a small amount of cleaning solution at a time.

Chalk can sometimes cover up a small stain, and, like the baby powder, it can help to absorb oily stains. Rubbing alcohol is also helpful in tackling oily food or grease.    

Like we mentioned earlier, a little prevention goes a long way. Keep your wedding dress safe before you absolutely have to put it on, and plan ahead for any possibility so you are ready if it happens. Angelus Bridal & Formals wants our brides to to be their very happiest on the wedding day. We will do everything that we can to help you be prepared. 

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