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Terms Associated with a Bridal Gown Preservation Service
Most brides will only wear their wedding gown once. But they may still wish to keep the gown as an heirloom, a memory of their special day, and perhaps to one day pass down to their daughter or granddaughter. A bridal gown preservation service offers a way to keep your gown looking as great as it did on the day of the wedding. In addition to cleaning the gown upon arrival, these companies may also provide tailoring and restoration services. Before calling a preservation specialist, it may be helpful to be familiar with these terms.
Acid Free Paper – Regular cardboard boxes and tissue paper can chemically react with the fabric of the bridal gown, causing discoloration. Using acid-free paper eliminates this concern.
Perchloroethylene – A liquid solvent used by dry cleaners, that might be rough on a gown’s beadwork and trim.
Hand Washing – To protect any delicate beading and embroidery, a gown should be hand-cleaned, particularly the hem, the bodice and the underarm area.
Anti-Sugar Treatment – Different types of stains must be treated differently if a gown is to be preserved. A preservation specialist will remove any stains from wedding cake or soft drinks with sugar in them, which are not always removed by dry cleaning fluids. This type of stain is a frequent cause of yellowing, which occurs on many heirloom dresses that are not protected properly.
Carbon-Neutral – An environmentally responsible method to preserve a gown, in which the preservation company offsets all carbon dioxide emissions that result from the cleaning and preservation process.