Before Wedding Tips

Spot cleaning on wedding dress

at Zinnia, we are always ready to help our brides and customers. we are ready to guide you with your bridal needs and any last-minute questions or problems you have with your gown.

When getting ready for your big day, there are so many last-minute tweaks you need to worry about, and a mark on the eye-catcher should be a bride’s worst nightmare. yet unfortunately, these things happen and it’s important to know what to do in these situations. before using any of the cleaners, it is best to test them on a hidden part of the dress to make sure it doesn’t affect the fabric and to separate the layers of the dress with a cloth under the affected area.

for protein-based stains (think milk, blood, sweat, saliva), try staying away from chemicals or cleaners. first try using a Q-tip to dab it off and if that doesn’t work, combine 4 parts water + 1 part ammonia + 1 part peroxide + 1 part dish soap and put a white towel or absorbent cloth under the garment with the stain. Using a Q-tip or rag dipped in the solution, lightly tap on the stain, which will push it through to the cloth underneath. Rotate the absorbent cloth as the stain comes out.

Spot cleaning on wedding dress

for earth-based stains such as wine, juice and tea try flushing it immediately with a solution of 3 parts water and 1 part dish soap. if that doesn’t work the next best solution is mixing 1 part water and 1 part bleach. it is especially important when using this cleaner to do a test patch and if you want to be extremely careful, to take to a professional dry cleaner with experience with wedding dresses.

for a dirt stain, remove dirt from your dress by first rubbing it with a DRY towel, otherwise a damp cloth may work with lightly brushing it off (do not rub).

Spot cleaning on wedding dress

for oil-based stains (baby oil, olive oil, or sauce variety), try mixing 1 part dish soap + 1 part white vinegar, putting a white towel or absorbent cloth under the fabric, and lightly tapping on the stain with a Q-tip or rag dipped in the solution. rotate the cloth as the stain comes out and flush the stain with lukewarm distilled water./ Wedding dress Sydney

when it comes to lipstick, this is one of the riskiest of stains to remove and, likely, you won’t be able to remove the more permanent lipsticks. try avoiding putting the lipstick on WHILE in the gown, but if you must, make sure to put a towel in front to avoid any slips. but for makeup stains such as foundation, try to dab or brush lightly with a damp cloth or makeup remover.

Spot cleaning on wedding dress

some important things to remind you of when attempting to remove a stain include separating the dress layers, testing on a hidden area of the dress, not rubbing to prevent fabric breakage, placing a cloth underneath the stain and most importantly consulting your dressmaker. at Zinnia Bridal, we work hard to ensure our brides get the best care and support for their big day. if you choose to have Zinnia Bridal involved in your special day, we will make sure to take extra measures to ensure everything is perfect.

it is important to note that natural fabrics like satin most likely will not react well to the stain removers, so fabrics like those should be left or given to a professional to restore. materials like chiffon and polyester should be compliant with the removers, but it is always best to do a test patch. the most important thing to remember is to stay calm, as panicking can just make the stain worse

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