Universal Cleaners

Wedding Dress Cleaning

Your wedding dress will always be a special reminder of your beautiful wedding. Once the festivities are over, it should be professionally cleaned to remove any dirt, makeup, sweat, or food.

Preserve your wedding gown and keep it in impeccable condition with Universal Cleaners. Our professional gown specialists use gentle, yet effective cleaners, to keep your dress pristine.

Why Your Wedding Gown Needs Cleaning

Even though you only wear your dress for a few hours, having it professionally cleaned protects your investment. Tough stains and odors may not reveal themselves for weeks or months as the items age.

This is why you want to have it cleaned and avoid unsightly stains. Here are some of the common ones we handle at Universal Cleaners.

Brown Oxidation Spots

wedding dress after cleaning

Initially, these may be so light you can hardly notice them at all. In time, they turn brown as the fabric ages. Alcohol, soda, and sugary drinks are the common culprits damaging your delightful dress.

Mold and Mildew

Do not let mold and mildew ruin your gorgeous gown! These spots occur in damp environments. To preserve your dress, having it professionally cleaned can prevent these troubles.

Yellowing Fabric

Oxidation causes many fabrics to yellow with time. It happens most often to white, off-white, and pastel dresses. Our gown specialists can reverse this process and secure it in a special container to prevent it from yellowing.

Creasing

In time, creases may develop in your dress that are impossible to iron out without ruining the material. Allow our professionals to gently press them with our state-of-the-art machinery. Our machinery allows us to reverse creasing without causing any harm to lace, pearls, sequins, and other delicate items.

How Universal Cleaners Cleans Wedding Gowns

When it comes to keeping your gown in perfect condition, we offer two approaches – wet and dry – to help you maintain the fabric for years to come.

Wet-Cleaning

This process involves water and solvents to clean hems, spills, and food stains. We rinse your dress and treat it with chemicals before washing clean. This also removes the starchy material added during the manufacturing process, which keeps it from oxidation and attracting pests.

Dry-Cleaning

When your dress is made from materials too delicate for water, we use dry cleaning with dry solvents. Stoddard, perchloroethylene, hydrocarbon, and silicone-based solvents all help to draw out soiled materials while keeping the fabric’s integrity intact.

When to Clean Your Wedding Dress

After your wedding, do not wait to bring your dress to Universal Cleaners. The longer you wait, the more likely stains will set. You may not notice stains until months later.

When you return from your honeymoon, bring your wedding gown for a cleaning. It will look as lovely as the day you wore it down the aisle.

Why Wedding Dress Cleaning Must Be Different from Regular Dry Cleaning

Cleaning a wedding garment is not the same as dry cleaning other items. Treating an extraordinary dress like a regular daily wardrobe would ruin the delicate material.

As professional wedding dress cleaners, we know how to have a gentle touch and get rid of difficult stains. We also know how to handle tulle, one of the most delicate materials often incorporated in these types of gowns.

Once finished, your dress is gently tucked into a preservation box. This prevents oxidation, mold, and mildew from forming. A box also ensures it will not be stretched out, as it would if it were put on a hanger.

Your wedding dress is a special memento from one of the best days of your life. It cannot be replaced, which is why you must protect it. Universal Cleaners is honored to have the chance to clean and preserve your dress with our expert cleaning techniques.

Let us be at your service for keeping your wedding gown in absolutely perfect condition for years to come!