5 Tips for Removing a Stain on Your Wedding Dress
When it comes to potential wedding-day disasters, discovering a stain on your wedding dress minutes, or days, before you walk down the aisle might be at the top of the list. Fortunately, we’ve got a few tips and tricks for getting rid of (or at least masking!) a wedding dress stain quickly and effectively—you just need a few household items, most of which you can locate at a drug store if you don’t already have on hand or from a hotel concierge.
1. Don’t panic!
First things first: remain calm. This may seem easier said than done, but frantically trying to make a stain disappear more often than not leads to a bigger mess. Try to identify the type of stain you’re dealing with, give your bridal salon a call, and if possible, take it to a professional cleaner immediately.
2. Always test your recommended stain remover.
If you’re stain presents itself on the wedding day and there’s no time to get it professionally cleaned, determine the type of cleaner you’ll be using and test your mixture somewhere on the dress that won't be noticed to make sure the fabric doesn't damage. Expert tip: If applicable, always separate the layers of the gown so that the spot doesn’t bleed underneath the layer and make things worse. Place a white towel under the spot for treatment while removing the stain to absorb excess from below. Do not aggressively rub the fabric to keep from tearing the layers of the wedding dress additionally.
3. Try a 1:1 ratio.
Start with a 1:1 ratio white vinegar and water. Use a non texture white cloth, saturate the stain with the vinegar, and gently rub in a gentle circular motion. If vinegar doesn't work, the next solution is rubbing alcohol. Carefully dab the stain. Following that—Try white soap and water which needs to be followed with a clean cloth and clean water to remove the soap residue. For soap and water, you often want to gently rub the wet spot while using a hair dryer until it dries to eliminate the potential of a ring around the removal.
4. Avoid harsh chemicals.
Harsh chemicals often leave a residue ring and depending on the fabric, it could easily damage. Unless you’ve tried everything else and nothing has worked, we use a color-safe bleach as last resort.
5. Be proactive.
While getting a stain on your wedding dress isn’t the end of the world, it’s definitely not ideal. Use caution when storing your wedding dress before the wedding—hang it on a padded hanger—and avoid putting on any makeup while wearing your gown. Of course once the day begins and the tears start to form, having some of these daily household items on hand can be helpful to rid any stains right away. Plan to have your dress professionally cleaned after the wedding.
xoxo, Team Kelly