Quick Stain Removal for Emergency Wedding Dress Spills and Spots

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Every LDS bride needs to be prepared, and that means knowing how to spot clean their wedding dress when an “oops” moment happens. I say ‘when’ and not ‘if,’ because a wedding dress emergency is practically imminent. Think about it: all day you will be surrounded by people and dressed in white from head to toe. Wedding dress stains and other accidents are bound to happen.

When to Ignore a Wedding Dress Stain

The good news is that most accidents are relatively small. Some stains are too small or too light to really notice; others are providentially located in a relatively inconspicuous place on your dress.; others don’t happen until during the reception toward the end of the night.

In these cases, it’s best to just leave the stain alone and take care of it after the wedding. Sometimes the cure could end up looking worse than the original stain!

An Ounce of Prevention Is Worth A Pound of Cure

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Remember that old LDS saying, “Better to prepare and prevent than repair and repent?” Well, it applies to wedding dress stains, too.

Prevent a stain by keeping your dress in a waterproof garment bag before the wedding and don’t take it out unless it’s absolutely necessary. If taking outdoor pictures, be very careful for mud puddles and wedding dress grass stains when you sit.

Don’t choose a messy or saucy foods for your wedding reception. Stay away from chocolate fountains and especially red sauces, which are just asking for a disaster to happen.

Know Your Dress Fabrics for Emergency Stain Removal

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Also, be prepared for emergency stain removal by knowing exactly what materials are in your dress ahead of time.

When you buy the dress, read the labels carefully and research how to best handle a wedding dress food stain or lipstick stain with that specific type of material. Some types of bridal gown materials can’t handle getting wet and may show water spots after getting wet.

In general, synthetic fibers made from polyester are easier to clean because they don’t soak up the stain like natural fibers will.

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Wedding Stain Removal: Water Based Stains

Also, know that all stains are not the same. Understand how to treat different types of stains. Mud, blood, chocolate and other food stains, fruit juice, and bodily fluids are water-soluble stains that can be best removed by blotting the stain as much as possible and then dabbing (not rubbing) with a wet cotton ball. Use the minimum amount of water possible.

Wedding Dress Spot Cleaning: Ink Stains and Nail Polish

With ink stains, time is of the essence. Immediately blot the stain and sprinkle some talcum powder on the stain to keep it from spreading. Spray with hairspray and dab with a paper towel. Be careful, though, since hairspray will alter the color of some wedding dress fabrics. If the ink stain is small or in a hard-to-see location, it’s probably better off left alone.

A nail polish accident is much the same as an ink stain. Using acetone nail polish remover will get rid of the stain, but it may alter the color of your dress as well. Weigh the size and extent of the nail polish mark to decide if you should try to remove it or just ignore it.

Wedding Stain Removal: Chewing Gum

Chewing gum on your wedding dress can be removed by applying an ice cube. The gum will harden as it gets cold and can be scraped off after it hardens.

No bride likes to think about her expensive and beautiful wedding dress getting soiled on her wedding day. But it’s something they have got to prepare for, all the same. Knowing what fibers are in your dress and how to spot clean your wedding dress for different stain types will prepare you to tackle many of the wardrobe emergencies that might befall you or other members of your wedding party.

♥ Jenny Evans
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4 comments on “Wedding Dress Spills and Spots”

  1. My granddaughter purchased a used wedding dress. When she purchased it, she did not notice a stain on it. She does not know what the stain is. She has tried several products on it, but to no avail. What do you suggest!

    • Hi Juanita, You didn’t mention what type of fabric the dress is. It may need to be dry cleaned. But if you can wash it without harming the fabric I would suggest OxiClean Versatile or get Grandma’s Secret Spot Remover Laundry Spray. Either are available at Wal*Mart or online. Let me know how it turns out. Rose

  2. Good Day I would like to know how do I get red wine stains out of my wedding dress they have been there for about 2 months I need to take my dress to the laundry to be dry cleaned will they be able to get the wine stains out? Thx Karen

    • Hi Karen,

      You didn’t mention what type of fabric your wedding dress is made of. That will make a difference when trying to remove the stain. If the fabric is machine-washable you may want to try Grandma’s Secret Spot Remover Laundry Spray, or Carbona Stain Devils # 8 made specially to remove wine, tea, coffee, & juice.

      Hope this helps.

      P.S. I don’t know what your cleaners capabilities are; ask them ahead of time what they think the chances are of removing the stain.

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