Emergency Bridal Gown Care
All too often the inevitable happens - someone steps on your dress, you catch it on something, is spilled.
Be prepared for a broken bustle loop, torn strap or a broken zipper. Or worse - your sweet little nephew has just smeared juice, chocolate cake or what have you on your shoulder.
By packing a small repair kit you can be prepared for any emergency.
Many full-service bridal salons often put several safety pins into the underside of the bridal gown for just such accidents. If your dress does not have these additions, pack a small emergency kit for one of the bridesmaids to carry in her purse.
In an emergency you can use tape or even staples, but you run the risk of damaging the fabric of the gown. Stainless steel safety pins are best - they won't rust and may not damage delicate fabrics.
Your emergency kit should include;
- stainless steel safety pins
- a small sewing kit
- an extra button - if your dress has buttons
- a stain releasing pen - but be sure to test on your dress fabric in advance first before using.
- small bottle of club soda
- few tablespoons of baking soda
Know the fabric of your bridal gown.
When you spill something on an artificial fiber, it is much easier to get rid of the stain than if you spill something on a natural fiber such as silk. The consultant at your bridal salon should be able to advise you on fiber content and what to do in case of a spill.
Unless the spill is major and makes you uncomfortable, better leave the spot alone until you can get professional treatment for your bridal gown. But if it is small and you know that you can treat it try using a stain remover pen.
CAUTION: silks and rayons, especially silk and rayon velvets, are water-sensitive, and you may have permanent water spots.
If you must do something and the stain is coffee, mud, blood, tea or some other water-soluble stain, dab the spot gently with cool water and air dry. Club soda will also work.
Try camouflaging spots with something white and relatively harmless such as baking soda, cornstarch, or baby powder.
Grease, lipstick, and other cosmetics can only be dissolved by solvents such as cigarette-lighter fluid. If the solvent contains alcohol, it can also dissolve any dye that may have been used to color the bridal gown. Again, better leave the spot alone until you can get professional treatment for your gown.
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