Keepsake Wedding Gown Preservation
For over 70 years Varsity Cleaners has been cleaning, pressing, and preserving wedding gowns. While the process has changed over the years, our commitment to a quality finished garment has not. Technological advances in equipment, detergents and gown construction materials have changed how we process your wedding gown, making it more likely we can restore your gown to its original state before your wedding, and less likely to fade or yellow as time goes by. Every year we process between 400 and 500 wedding gowns.
At Varsity Cleaners you have a choice regarding what to do with your gown after your wedding. If you wish to keep your gown, it is strongly recommended you at least have it professionally cleaned since any visible or un-visible stains will penetrate the material, exaggerating discoloration, and making it very difficult to remove the stains at a later time. You can have your gown processed as “Clean Only”. We will pre-spot your gown, wetclean or dryclean, and return it to you bagged and on a hanger. You can have your gown “Clean and Pressed”. Your gown will be pre-spotted, wetclean or dryclean, hand pressed and returned, bagged on a hanger. “Keepsafe Wedding Gown Box”. The preferred wedding gown cleaning and preservation alternative is the Keepsafe Package.
The Perfect Package
The Keepsafe Wedding Gown Box provides the protection essential to your heirlooms while offering an elegant package to showcase them. The features of this system ensure your gown will withstand the test of time and provide you with peace of mind.
- Latch on the outer box features a Velcro closure that makes the box much easier to open and close.
- The unique viewing window lets you looks at your dress without disturbing the package.
- The sturdy double-reinforced construction prevents your gown from being crushed or damaged.
- Bust form holds your upper gown’s shape
- Acid-free tissue paper helps prevent yellowing and fabric weakness.
Important Facts You Should Know About Caring For Your Gown
- Avoid leaving the dress on a hanger which can ruin the shape, or in a plastic bag which can retain moisture or cause yellowing.
- Get your gown cleaned or preserved as soon as possible to ward off irreversible damage.
- After preservation, store your dress in a dry, cool environment. Avoid basements, musty attics and direct sunlight. Pack accessories separately to avoid discoloring your gown.
After your gown has been inspected and prepared for processing, it is brought to our pre-spot department. This first step is critical since stains, dirt and grime must be removed before cleaning. If not properly pre-spotted the stains will be much more difficult to remove after cleaning. We believe our pre-spotting techniques, experience and detergents set us apart from other cleaners.
After your gown has been cleaned, the box is prepared for storage. The outer lining of the box is covered with acid-free tissue to protect your gown from the effects of aging, specifically yellowing and weakening (breakdown) of the material.
Step 3 & 4
Your gown is folded (with acid-free tissue between layers) into the Keepsafe Box neatly as possible to avoid wrinkling. We use two different sized boxes to accommodate various sizes and shapes of gowns, and to be sure the gown fits properly so the box can be sealed.
Step 5 & 6
Additional acid-free tissue is wrapped around the bust support and inserted into the gown for proper display.
Step 7 & 8
The upper box and display window is placed over the gown and latched on the sides and front center, then white heavy duty tape seals the three exposed sides of the box. Finally the outer lid is closed and latched. This box is then inserted into a storage box which is taped and sealed for long-term storage. If you wish to view your gown you can remove it from the storage container, open the lid and see most of the gown through the viewing window. Remember to put the gown back in the storage box and seal again after viewing.