How to Spot-Clean Your Wedding Dress

By Sue Scheele

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When spot-cleaning your dress, you really want to handle the situation very carefully and consult the professional that sold you the dress if possible. Have your dress spot-cleaned properly with help from a professional designer in this video on wedding attire.

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Hi, I'm Sue Scheele owner of Classy Concepts Design serving two locations in Mansfield and Round Rock, Texas. Today we're talking about ways to not panic and spot clean that wedding dress. This can be a very scary situation. Here you found the perfect dress and you've probably spent a fortune on it, and now you have an issue and you need to spot clean it. You really want to handle this situation very carefully, and if you have any questions I would definitely consult the professional that sold you the dress. However, if you've spilled something or gotten something on the outside whether it's makeup or food; hopefully it's not something that's too permanent, you can use dove white soap to actually get the stain out, If it's a polyester or satin blend fabric. If the dress is silk you definitely want to consult a professional because silk is a natural fabric and it will wear against water very different from a polyester blend or a satin type fabric. If it's a satin dress or a satin blend you're in good shape because you can get those stains out with a toothbrush and some dove soap. A lot of times just getting that out really quick and making sure to rinse it out. Try your best not to get too much water everywhere because the little amount the better, just really work the toothbrush in there and try to get it within those fibers to get the dress clean. If you're still unable to get the dress clean you do want to contact the salon that sold you the dress and see who they recommend. Perhaps they know of a dry cleaner that can turn it around very quickly for you. But the last thing you want to do is ruin the entire dress just because you were trying to spot clean one area. If you have any stains on the inside of your dress that aren't visible from the outside, I would leave those stains alone until after the wedding is over and those stains will get addressed during the cleaning and preservation process. If the stain occurs the day of the wedding or the day before the wedding and you don't have time to spot clean the dress with water to let the dress have time to dry, another tip that you can try is to use white baby powder. You want to be very careful about this because the last thing you want to do is put so much baby powder on there that you can tell that this has been applied. But if you lightly dust the area that needs attention with baby powder, and maybe keep this in an emergency kit for maybe your bridesmaid or maid of honor to have on hand in case something happens. It's going to be your best bet for a day of type instance where you get something on the dress that can maybe be covered. And I'm Sue Scheele owner of Classy Concepts Design talking about ways to spot clean your dress.

About the Expert

Sue Scheele is the designer and owner of Classy Concepts Design, a privately owned business and leader in the bridal/formal wear and window covering industries. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in design from Oklahoma State University and began Classy Concepts in January of 1998. Combining everything she has learned from her past work experiences and her college education, Scheele brought Classy Concepts Design to the Austin, Texas area and opened a second location in the Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas, area in the fall of 2009.

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