A stain on a wedding dress is one of the most frequent types of wedding emergencies. Fortunately, there are many solutions!
Wedding Dress Stain at the Wedding Reception:
First of all, try to calm down. Most of the pictures have already been taken, and everyone has already seen how beautiful you look. Quickly assess the situation – ask your bridesmaids how noticeable the stain is. Since emergency treatments may make a stain spread or become more noticeable, it may be better to leave it alone.
If you must treat it, make sure you use the correct treatment for the type of stain:
Red Wine Stain
First, gently dab at the stain with a clean white cloth. Then pour water or club soda onto the cloth, and dab some more. Whatever you do, do not rub! Keep dabbing with clean parts of the cloth until it seems like most of the stain has come out. Use chalk or talcum powder to disguise anything that doesn’t come out
Oily Food Stain
Sprinkle talcum powder liberally over the stain on your wedding dress. Wait about ten minutes, then shake the excess off. Dust the stain with baby powder to absorb oil, let sit for at least 15 minutes and then gently brush away. Wet a cotton swab with rubbing alcohol and dab from the outer edges of the stain to the middle. Cover any remaining stain with chalk or baby powder.
The solution to getting ink out is hair spray, believe it or not! Test the hair spray out on a discreet portion of your wedding dress – perhaps the inside of the hem – before using it on the stain, as hairspray may mark the fabric. Put a cloth behind the fabric, then spray the ink stain lightly. Wait five minutes, then dab gently with a damp cloth.
The best solution is to try to cover the stain with baking soda or talcum powder. You can also try using a solvent such as dry cleaning fluid or cigarette lighter fluid, but be aware that such solvents frequently discolor fabric. Be sure to test it on an unseen portion of the wedding dress first
If the blood is still wet, moisten a cotton swab with your own saliva (or the saliva of the person whose blood it is), then gently rub it over the stain. It should come out. If it’s dry, or nearly dry, dab the blood stain gently with very cold water on a white washcloth. Hold the cloth on the spot and see if blood breaks down and comes out. If that doesn’t work, see if there is a first aid kit nearby with hydrogen peroxide, and dilute it (one part to nine parts water). Careful, hydrogen peroxide can bleach fabrics. Use the diluted solution to gently dab at the stain. When it starts to break down, go back to plain cold water. Use chalk or talcum powder to disguise anything that doesn’t come out.
Earth based stains
If you find yourself dealing with a fruit juice, tea, cola, liquor, or wine spill, try flushing it immediately with a solution of 3 parts water + 1 part dish soap. If the residue doesn’t come out, apply 1 part water + 1 part bleach.
It’s important to remember to separate the layers while removing, Mease says. And if you want to be extra careful, “be sure to take to a professional dry cleaner with experience with wedding dresses, especially if your gown is silk,” she adds.
Remove dirt from your dress by first rubbing it with a dry towel, Mease says. Key word is dry. “Otherwise, generally a damp cloth may work,” she adds. “And lightly brush it off. Do not rub.”
If your backyard wedding or picture-taking leads to a grass stain, leave it alone, Mease advises. Grass stains will “generally be at the bottom, and most likely won’t be noticed,” she adds. Trying to remove the stain yourself may lead to stretch, and affect the hem and length. “Leave it to the professional cleaners after the wedding,” she says.
Wedding Dress Stain Before the Wedding:
Immediately take it to a high-quality dry cleaner. If you can’t afford to take it to the cleaners, you can try one of the methods above, but it is highly recommended that you try to scrape together the cash and let the professionals handle it. Source: www.thespruce.com.
Last Minute Wedding Gown Repairs
Depending on how much time you have, even seemingly impossible situations can be saved. If the stains won’t come out, the evidence can be hidden with a lace appliqué or additional beading. Perhaps a fabulous brooch can be added to the gown to conceal the stain and even look chic on the dress.
If you have a rip in your gown or veil, double-sided tape or even super glue can be used for a last minute repair. And safety pins can solve many issues from rips to securing a button to keeping straps in place. For zippers that stick, rub the teeth with a bar of soap or a candle to lubricate the zipper without staining the dress.
Remember, most people will not notice the stain or mishap nearly as much as you do. Keep it all in perspective and you will have the wonderful day you deserve.