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Reasons Why Sealing Your Preservation Box Is Essential

Monday, March 4th, 2013

Your wedding dress is the most important wardrobe piece you will ever purchase. This priceless piece of clothing carries memories of a never moment of love. Them cleaning methods have been proven and recognized as the best methods in the gown preservation industry. They pride ourselves in the highest standard of quality and care of bridal gowns in cleaning and preservation.

Having your wedding dress preserved is a process that is done in several steps. The two major companies and many of the smaller ones follow the same procedure. The dress is inspected, spot cleaned and then placed in a preservation box for long term storage.

First look for a company that goes beyond the normal. Make sure your dress will be carefully hand inspected when it first arrives; that the company will hand clean the hem of the dress where all that floor dirt, parking lot dirt, and grass stains make a real mess. They should also hand clean the top of the bodice of the dress to remove any make-up you may have gotten on the dress and also to fully remove all the body oils, deodorant and perspiration.

The wedding dress should next be carefully inspected for stains. The blacklight method is best. A blacklight will help to highlight any hidden stains caused by white wine, club soda, sprite etc. These may not show up well to the naked eye. All of these stains should be carefully removed.

The dress should next be individually cleaned (your wedding dress shouldn’t be thrown in with a bunch of others). The cleaning solution should NOT be “perc” (the solvent used by most dry-cleaners which is very toxic and environmentally harmful).

Once all of this cleaning is done then it’s time to make sure your wedding dress is protected properly for long term storage.

The best wedding gown preservation companies use an acid free storage box, an acid free bust form and acid free tissue paper. If your wedding gown is to be sent to you in a bag, or a regular cardboard box decline the service….run the other way….the company doesn’t know what they are doing.

Your dress should be placed on a bust form in an acid free windowed display box. You want to be able to see your wedding dress, to make sure it really is your dress and to show to family and friends.

Now for the touchy part. Your windowed display box should be completely sealed. Yes, completely sealed – air tight sealed. Why?

Reason #1 it keeps moisture out. As humidity changes each season the fabric in your wedding dress can absorb or lose moisture. These changes can damage the fabric. I’ve read on some websites that the fabric needs to “breathe”. Someone forgot to tell these people that fabric doesn’t have lungs. Which brings us the reason #2.

You don’t want air passing in and out of the box. Air carries with it contaminants including chemicals and common dust. The fabric can act as a filter and collect the dust. The fabric can also react with any chemicals passing through it.

But reason #3 is probably the biggest reason – Sealing your wedding dress preservation box will protect your dress from insects. There are a variety of insects that love bridal fabric….or fabric of any kind. Some will literally eat the fabric, some will make their nests in your bridal dress. The only way to guarantee that insects can’t get into your dress is to seal them out. Insects get into through the smallest crack, the narrowest of openings and box flaps and edges.