After wrapping up one of the biggest days of your life, you might wonder what’s next for your wedding dress. This fragile garment deserves a safe space to avoid deterioration.
Oceanside Cleaners owner Mike Harris recommends taking the dress to the cleaners as soon as possible to avoid stains from setting in and hardening in the fabric. The preservation process takes place after a nice hand-cleaning session.
“We use the same techniques as the Smithsonian. We also try to keep the cleaning process all organic,” says Harris. After that process, dresses are delicately folded and placed in an acid-free box.
Harris advises that the dress be taken out a couple of times a year. “Take a look at it and make sure to move it around. It’s similar to a sweater. If you don’t unfold it after a couple of years, you’re gonna see some issues.”
Preserving your dress will not only keep it safe, but hopefully also give it the same out-of-the-box quality, in case you decide to pass it down for another to wear.
By Danae Leake