dry cleaning your wedding dress
Your wedding dress, the most precious garment you may ever own, it is a memory you’ll want to preserve forever, perhaps your only garment that will become a family heirloom. At Daisy we treat it with all the care and respect it deserves, and all in a carbon-neutral way.
First we make sure your dress is meticulously hand cleaned, as pure and perfect as is possible following your special day, ready for preservation. It’s best to clean and preserve your gown right after the wedding. Over time, stains become more difficult to remove, the sooner it’s properly cleaned and preserved the better the results will be. We are also more than happy to clean your bridal shoes and accessories for preservation.
Bagging your Bridal Gown
This newer dress preservation method is not really so new. It is similar to what museums have used for preserving heirloom costumes and gowns for years. This method is an excellent option, as it keeps the dress protected from dust and light. The gown remains unfolded, so permanent creasing risks are reduced. The bag allows the gown to breathe, which is essential in protecting the gown from mold and mildew. A bagged gown is the easiest to inspect periodically and requires no re-folding as the boxed method does. Strapless and spaghetti strapped gowns, as well as heavy gowns should be reinforced with twill tape to add support, and eliminate any damage from long-term hanging.
Acid free tissue fills in the bodice area, removing creases and giving added support to your gown. Our natural, un-dyed cotton bag covers your preserved gown. Your dress is protected. Our garment bag is made from natural, acid-free cotton, the first choice in preservation for centuries. It has no zippers that could snag or rust and padded hanger is also essential for long-term storage.
Boxing your Wedding Dress
With Daisy boxed preservation your dress is first individually cleaned and hand pressed, and then folded into a box. Sharp creases are avoided, by using acid free tissue to buffer the folds. The box is not sealed, and you are encouraged to open and inspect your gown.
Because the box is not sealed, the fabric can still breathe. And you will be able to refold your gown periodically to reduce creasing risks. This will help protect your gown from getting permanent creases.
It's important to note that one of the leading causes of wedding dress yellowing is the plastic bags that many brides keep their gowns in. Most plastics give off damaging fumes that actually promote yellowing. But, even with proper care, some fabrics will yellow more than others .
Preserving your gown in an acid-free environment is your best protection against yellowing. Padding your gown with acid-free tissue will help to prevent acid migration.
Mildew and mold
Keeping your dress in a breathable environment will protect it best from mildew and mold growth. When fabrics can breathe, the humidity level remains constant around the garment as excess moisture dissipates into the air. But, if moisture can condense inside a box or any container, then the gown is at risk for mildew and mold growth.
Flat storage is recommended for textiles and garments when possible. However, because of the size and dimensions of wedding gowns, it is impractical. Some compromise must be made, either by folding or hanging the dress. To help prevent permanent creasing, boxed gowns should be refolded into a different position every 2 - 3 years. (Cotton gloves should always be worn when handling preserved gowns.) Bagged dresses that are hung in a closet are not at risk for permanent creasing, and will not need to be handled periodically.
An oxidation spot can occur when a substance that was not properly cleaned on the dress oxidizes and turns brown. Spills from clear soda or wine may go unnoticed at the time of the initial cleaning. Unless these spills are pretreated, it is likely they will oxidize over time. Inspecting preserved dresses periodically ensures the gown remains in the best condition. The sooner an oxidized stain is caught, the more likely it will be able to be removed.