Wedding Gown Preservation
With proper care, your gown will look as beautiful on your 50th anniversary as it did on your wedding day. Wedding gowns are delicate. We treat every bride’s gown like it’s our own.
WE FOLLOW A RIGOROUS PRESERVATION PROCESS
- Complete gown inspection for stains, especially on the hemline. Beads and other trims are tested for cleanability.
- Careful and expert hand pre-spotting and treatment
- Individual cleaning in a virgin (never used) cleaning solution
- 2nd inspection and skillful post-spotting using Spectralite technology to help identify invisible stains
- Hand finishing, with extreme attention paid to the designer’s line and drape
- Careful folding, buffering and storage in an acid-free chest
FREE GOWN PICK-UP SERVICE
What could be more convenient? We'll pick up your gown after your wedding—at your house, your mother's house or anywhere in our delivery area.
OUR WETCLEANING PROCESS
Wetcleaning is NOT "washing". Washing includes agitation, extreme temperatures, alkaline detergents, and wringing or extraction of the water. Wetcleaning is a bath. It is completely safe for all types of fabrics and trims, including sequins and teardrops, even silver lined bugle beads. Wetcleaning will not dissolve the glues that are sometimes used to place trims. Wetcleaning also removes hidden stains such as perspiration, champagne, and sugar before they appear as yellow or brown streaks on your gown. Wetcleaning is the technique used by The Smithsonian Institution during its recent restoration of the First Ladies Gowns, and has been lauded by environmental groups as being safe for humans and Planet Earth.
Once your precious wedding gown is completely clean and pressed it is carefully placed in our MuseumCare acid-free, lignin-free bridal gown preservation chest which allows the fabric to breathe but protects against damage from light, dust, and mildew. Acid-free tissue cushions each fold of your wedding gown to maintain the designer's distinctive line and drape. The wedding gown preservation chest is closed but not sealed so the fabric can expand and contract with changes in heat and humidity. A sealed container can trap moisture and cause mildew or mold. Professional textile curators always recommend that a fabric be allowed to "breathe" in acid-free packaging and be moved or re-folded periodically. We place an outer protection carton over the acid-free chest to further protect your gown from dust and light. We also enclose a pair of white cotton gloves for you to wear when you handle the gown.
100% SATISFACTION GUARANTEE
You will receive a written 100% international guarantee against sugar stains or yellowing of the gown. Wedding Gown Care Specialist guarantees your gown will not yellow or develop oxidized stains, ever.
We are always available for free consultations concerning your gown. We will give you the cost of preservation at that time, once we can see your gown.
The Minnesota Historical Society’s Textile Conservator, Ann Frisina, has created an excellent reference document underscoring the value of gown preservation.