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I’m wearing a gown that I purchased at a sample sale and there are a few small, barely-visible makeup stains inside the bodice and the hem is a little  dusty. Should I just spot-clean the gown or have the entire dress cleaned?

Sally Conant of the Association of Wedding Gown Specialists says: If you want to look perfect on your wedding day, then the answer is yes, do have your entire gown cleaned.  Spot cleaning is rarely good enough because sample dresses usually have a little wear and tear throughout.  After all, they have been hanging for a while.  When you remove a “spot” from such a dress, that area is often brighter than the rest of the gown.

It’s much better to have the entire gown professionally cleaned, and if your gown needs to be altered, be sure to have it cleaned before alterations. Then if there is a little shrinkage or a spot cannot be removed, the problem can be solved in the alterations process.

Some tips for finding the person you can trust to care for your gown:

1.  Look for someone who specializes in wedding gowns and does the cleaning in his or her own facility – never someone who sends gowns away for cleaning.

2.  Ask if the Specialist has had special training or belongs to a professional association.

3.  Ask the Specialist how the beads and other fragile decorations will be protected during the cleaning process.

When your gown has been professionally cleaned and pressed, it will be stuffed with a bodice form as well as tissue to keep it wrinkle-free until the day of the wedding.  It will look fresh and bright, perfect for your wedding day.  For more tips on gown care, visit the Association of Wedding Gown Specialists.

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