We have posted many photos and stories about Finding “THE” Perfect Wedding Dress, now we have Rosario Intelisano who will be a regular contributor to share his secrets on “How to care for your Wedding Dress”.
I am Rosario Intelisano, and this is the first of many contributions I will be making for Just as Planned.
My specialty, my passion, the core of my ambition is hand restoring and preserving bridal gowns. With many years in the industry, I am excited to share with you my little black book of tips to help you care for your dream gown.
As well as tips, I will include some of my personal experiences from working in this industry and the dresses (plus their stories). And don’t forget that I am open to any questions you may have and will be more than happy to answer them.
One of the most common questions I am asked is, “What do I do if I stain my dress?” The best thing you can do is leave it, do not apply anything to the stain and let it air dry. If the stain stays moist, bacteria will continue to grow and eat into the fabric making it harder to remove.
The second best tip is to avoid direct heat. Heat in general weakens material causing the fabric to yellow and age. This is why dry-cleaning is thought to “torture” the fabric and is avoided when it comes to restoring bridal dresses.
Lastly, I would recommend you take the garment to be professionally cleaned within a month of the stain occurring, the more time that passes, the more difficult it is to remove the stain making it harder to restore the dress to its original state.
I hope this article helps you next time you are in a state of frenzy from an incidental stain. Collect yourself and remember to leave the stain, let it air dry and take it to be professionally removed as soon as possible.