Vintage Wedding Dress Restoration

First and foremost, do not bleach your wedding dress in an attempt to clean or restore it. Bleach will further weaken the strength of the original fabric (no matter what type of fabric it is), will often dissolve plastic buttons or other decorative items on the dress and simply doesn't do the job.

Now that that's out of the way, here is a step-by-step guide on how to restore a wedding dress:

Step 1, Prepare your wedding dress-

Remove everything metal that is a part of the dress. Buttons,clips, hooks and pins might all be metal and should be carefully removed.

Step 2, Prepare bathtub for wedding dress-

Fill an empty, clean bathtub with either lukewarm or cold water (not hot) and a gentle liquid detergent such as Woolite.

Also, line the bathtub with a white sheet. Place the dress on the sheet in the water. (This is done so that the wedding dress isn't forcefully pulled in and out of the water, thus stressing the fabric).
Step 3 Carefully clean wedding dress-

Gently lift and lower the sheet that has the wedding dress on it. This is done so that the existing stains are loosed and the entire dress is adequately soaked. If necessary, you can soak your dress up to 24 hours or more.

If there are persistent stains still on the wedding dress, see below for spot removal tips and suggestions.

Step 4, Dry the dress-

Find a way to dry your dress flat. Drying it flat will reduce wrinkles that will need to be ironed out later. Also, some experts suggest using a vinyl rack to minimize the stress done to the fabric.

Step 5, Press/Iron the dress-

Using a clean iron on it's lowest heating setting, begin ironing your wedding gown. Iron the gown one layer at a time. Slowly increase the heat settings of the iron to determine what the dress can handle, but lower the heat immediately if the following occur:

Iron begins sticking to the fabric of the dress
Dress becomes discolored during ironing
You smell or see any evidence of burning
Step 6, Complete finishing touches on dress-

Repair or replace all the metal pieces removed from step 1.

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