Cleaning Your Wedding Gown

As preservation specialists, we are trained in the art of wedding dress cleaning.

Our work begins with a complete inspection and testing of your dress. We analyse fabrics, dyes, and weaves, and note ornaments and their composition. We then determine which cleaning method is the best for your dress.

We ensure that fabrics keep their shape and do not discolour. We also make sure that embellishments (beads, sequins, and other trimmings) remain affixed.

Using sophisticated testing techniques, we can identify stains and spills – even those you can’t see. We then remove them before cleaning without causing harm to any fibres.

This is important, because certain stains will oxidise over time if left untreated. For example, sugar stains (like those caused by champagne) and chloride salts (perspiration). These can appear as brown spots months or even years later, causing irreversible fabric deterioration.

A Note Of Caution

Dry cleaning is an appropriate method for cleaning most natural fibres. However some dyes and finishes can dissolve in standard solvents.

Beads and buttons made of certain plastics can discolour in some solutions. Care labels are often misleading or erroneous. Aqueous, or water-based, solutions can cause some dress fabrics or linings to shrink. Sequins that have a gelatin base will dissolve when immersed in water.

If we feel that there any of these risks when cleaning your gown, we will discuss them with you before we proceed.

Storing Your Wedding Gown

After cleaning and preservation, the most important step for your gown is proper packing. This way you can store it for months, years, or decades.

We fold your dress carefully to avoid damage caused by excessive creasing. We then use the finest archival materials available to support and protect your gown.

Our wedding dress cleaning service also includes care of veils and headpieces, gloves, garters and shoes.


For more information contact our Mt. Hawthorn or Balcatta branches.
Wedding Dress Cleaning