BLOOD- Wet a Q-tip with the saliva of the person whose blood is on the dress. Gently rub on top of the blood. This works best when the blood has not yet dried. If this does not work, try using a small amount of hydrogen peroxide on the spot.
OIL- Dip a Q-tip into either corn starch, white chalk or talcum powder. Gently apply this to the spot using a generous amount. Wait 15 minutes and rub with a white towel. Repeat if necessary and leave the powder on for several hours before wiping with towel.
INK- Hair spray or rubbing alcohol are excellent for removing ink. Apply a little bit on a Q-tip and rub lightly over the stain.
WATER SPOTS- These are caused when the sizing that is used in the gowns material is affected by other forms of moisture. To eliminate water spots, try using a hand steamer, then iron over the spot. If you do not have a steamer, you can hang the garment in a steaming bathroom and then iron.
YELLOWED OR OLD STAINS- If you are really bold, Biz and Snowy bleach are excellent for removing stains that are all over the gown. This is especially useful if you are restoring an old gown that is dirty. Try to clean the gown before you do any of the alterations. Fill a clean bath tub with warm water. Add about 1/2 cup of detergent and dissolve completely. Let the gown soak for 10 minutes. if there are any specific stains, lightly rub them with a white cloth. Rinse the gown in warm water. Roll up the gown in a couple of towels and apply pressure so that the towels absorb the excess water. Lay out the gown to dry on top of sweater screens.
Ormond, Susan. How To Alter A Bridal Gown.
Within one year, a gown can start to yellow due to the synthetics used in the fabric. Therefore, it is important to preserve the gown. Professional cleaning and preservation can cost $100.00-$150.00. To save money, you can preserve the gown yourself by following the guidelines below.
1. Have the gown professionally dry cleaned.
2. Purchase a storage box big enough to comfortably hold the gown.
3. Remove the hanger from the gown. Rubber, wood or metal components will change over time and damage the gown. Remove any bra cups or pads, these will deteriorate and could harm the gown.
4. Stuff the sleeves, bows and any decorations with white tissue paper.
5. Any metal that is stored over time can rust. Therefore, it is important to either remove the bridal buttons from the gown and place them in a white paper envelope, or cover the back of the buttons by cutting a slit in a piece of cardboard and sliding in between the shank of the button and the gown. if the gown has a metal zipper, undue the zipper and cover up the edges with masking tape or remove the zipper completely.
6. Fold a white cotton sheet in half and lay it over the box. Pre-wash the sheet 2-3 times to remove any sizing or starch.
7. To fold the gown, lay it out across a bed with the front facing down. Fold in the sides of the train until it is the width of the box. Beginning with the bottom of the train, fold over the bottom the length of the box. Continue to fold until the gown is the size of the box.
8. Lay the gown in the box with the front facing up. Cover the gown with the edges of the sheet. Place the lid on the box and seal the sides with packing tape. Place the box in a large garbage bag and tape the end closed to keep the box air tight.
Ormond, Susan. “Preserving a Bridal Gown.” How To Alter A Bridal Gown.
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