Bridal Gown Cleaning and Preservation, Part 3 - Dry Cleaning Tips

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Bridal Gown Cleaning and Preservation, Part 3

July 8, 2009

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So how can Jeeves of Belgravia guarantee (http://jeevesny NULL.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=61&Itemid=41) that your bridal gown can last up to 200 years without deterioration or yellowing?

Well, the first step, which we talked about in the previous article, is proper cleaning. If stains are left on your gown they may “oxidize” or turn brown over time. Your gown should be cleaned within one month after your wedding if possible.

After cleaning your gown will be prepared for preservation. Sounds complicated? It really shouldn’t be.

Museum preservation is rather simple. Museum’s don’t use “nitrogen atmospheres” or “air tight chests”, they only allow the proper materials to come in contact with the textile.

In fact, if your gown is sealed in an “air tight chest”, you can never open it! When your daughter is 5 years old and wants to see your wedding dress, what do you do?

Jeeves of Belgravia’s preservation method is simple and involves;

  • Proper cleaning
  • Proper hand steaming and hand ironing
  • Acid-neutral storage vessel
  • Acid-neutral tissue
  • Un-bleached, un-sized organic cotton muslin

Your cleaned gown is packed into our acid neutral storage vessel which has been sized to fit your gown perfectly. As your dress is carefully placed into the vessel, any areas of your gown which need to be folded are cushioned with acid netural tissue to prevent permenant creases.

The bodice of your gown will be packed with acid nutral tissue to prevent crushing. Your gown is then wrapped in both a layer of acid neutral tissue as well a un-bleached, un-sized organic cotton.

After the cover has been placed on your gown the entire vessel is encased in organic cotton bag for extra protection.

What makes the Jeeves’ process unique is that we do not use any plastic, in fact plastic can trap moisture causing mildew. Also with the Jeeves’ process you may open your storage vessel to look at your dress at any time.

The last part of the process is up to you, this part will allow your gown to last up to 200 years.

Your gown needs to be stored in the proper place in your home. Jeeves asks that you do not store your gown in an attic (too hot) or a basement (too damp) and to open your vessel and check your gown every two years. If you are ever concerned about the condition of your gown, contact Jeeves at once.

Thanks for listening, Jerry Pozniak.

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