At the end of the day…
If you wish to keep your wedding dress in perfect condition, it should receive attention as soon as possible.
It is important that your wedding dress is professionally cleaned before storing, and that you choose a skilled company such as GownClean Ltd. which has experience in this specialised area.
To ensure the best possible results, send us all labels and care instructions that came with the dress.
When the dress is delivered back to you, it must be prepared carefully for storage.
It should not simply be hung in a closet wrapped in plastic or placed in a box. Even the box it came in will not protect it.
Surprisingly, standard plastic/PVC bags or covers are silent fabric killers and will, in the long run, accelerate the decline of the dress.
It’s important to remove any pins, wrappings and hangers. The dress should be unpacked with the same care you took with it before your wedding, and wrapped in generous amounts of acid free tissue paper.
Choose only an authentic, archival quality acid free box to pack your dress, using a suitably sized box to avoid excessive folding.
Ideally, store your wedding dress in a storage box and in a dark, dust-free area where air can circulate freely.
Do not store in a garage, shed, unheated loft space, against an external wall, in an attic, cellar, or anywhere where there is high humidity, dampness or condensation.
Do not store near a heat source such as a radiator, near bright light or anywhere vulnerable to pests or insects. In theory, the box should be stored at around 13 – 18 degrees with a relative humidity of about 50 per cent.
In practice, the above precautions will give the best possible protection in your home.
Periodically, unpack your wedding dress to check it and to reduce the risk of permanent creasing.
If all is well, carefully repack. If your dress needs attention, seek advice from a professional textile conservator.