Don’t hang a wedding gown over a prolonged period or it will stretch and sag.
Don’t seal fragile gowns in plastic bags. Moisture forms inside and promotes mildew and fabric rot.
Don’t expose gowns to strong light or open air. Dust, dirt and sunlight cause deterioration.
Air and the bacteria in the air will turn your wedding gown yellow in a very short time. Be sure that you have it professionally clean within 60 day of the wedding.
Care and knowledge are the key to Santoro’s success in preserving your wedding gown. Wedding gowns may have different price tags, but all gowns have a large degree of sentimental value.
FABRIC FACTS— A wedding gown is one of the most important and cherished articles of clothing selected by a customer. People attempt to preserve wedding gowns for the joy of remembrance and the possibility of passing the gown on for future use to members of the family. The styles of wedding gowns have undergone some fashion changes but not
dramatically. The wedding gown relies on lace and ornamental trimming such as beads, sequins, pearls and droplets to emphasis their uniqueness. The color is traditionally white but can range from pure white to beige, ivory of white and ecru. A wedding gown fabric is usually taffeta, satin and occasionally velvet or crepe is used. The fibers commonly used for wedding gown are acetate, polyester, nylon, rayon, cotton and silk.
FABRIC PROBLEMS—Many wedding gowns are NOT labeled with care instructions nor are they styled for serviceability. The problems with wedding gowns may be due to, Aged and oxidized stains that cause yellowing and weakened areas due to improper storage.
It is important to determine how trim has been applied to the gown. Many beads, laces, feather, and other trims may be attached with glue. If the trim has been glued to the gown, the glue should be tested to see if it will withstand the solvents used in cleaning. We apply a generous amount of solvent to a glued area, if the glue soften or becomes tacky, the glue will most likely dissolve in the dry-cleaning procedure, resulting in the loss of the trim.
TRIM —The trim itself should also be tested for resistance to solvent. Many beads contain polystyrene, which is soluble in some solvents. In some cases, only the core of the bead is constructed of polystyrene and testing the beads is not always indicative of the beads’ performance in dry-cleaning: core beads deteriorate from the center of the core and damage is not always evident with a cursory test. A gown may have many different beads that will require testing.