How to Care for Your Special Occasion Dress

Are you afraid that you're going to wrinkle your dress? Have a stain that you don't know how to remove? Well here are some great tips that will help you with all of your questions or problems. Just remember to always follow the general rules for stain removal.

Dry Cleaning

Dry Cleaning can extend the life of a garment. Proper handling and cleaning of your dress will have the following benefits:

  • Your dress will maintain a fresh appearance longer
  • Color fading will be minimized
  • The useful life of fabric will be extended, making your purchase last longer.

If you get a stain on your dress, deal with the stain as soon as possible. The longer you wait the more time the stain has to soak in and/or dry, making it more difficult to remove. Identify what caused the stain. In order to know what to do for the stain you need to know what caused it. Immediately take your dress to the dry cleaner.


You can have your dress professionally pressed of steamed. You could also use a cool dry iron and press through a piece of white cloth to protect the dress.

To keep your dress from wrinkling in the car, push most of the fabric to the side so that you're sitting on as little as possible.

When you bring your dress home, make sure that it has plenty of space to breathe. Also be sure that nothing is touching the dress making it wrinkle or turning the color.

Stain Removal Basics

1. Treat stains ASAP

2. Test the treatment method on a hidden area of the garment before treating the stain

3. Rub the stain from the back of the fabric, not the front

4. Follow the manufacturer's care instructions for the garment

5. Never dry or iron a stained garment until the stain is removed

6. Don't rub the stain. Blot or scrape the stain to prevent further penetration

7. Use a clean white towel for blotting stains

8. Always follow labels on stain removal products

9. All-purpose stain removal: club soda, lemon juice, baking soda, salt

Make Up

EYE SHADOW / LIPSTICK / MASCARA: Dampen the stain with warm water and rub with a liquid detergent with color safe bleach. Rub the detergent directly into the stain until its outline is gone. Then wash the garment in the hottest water safe for the fabric.

CONCEALER / FOUNDATION / EYE & LIP LINER Dampen the stain with warm water and pretreat it by gently rubbing with liquid laundry detergent or a soft paste of powder detergent and water. Rinse the treated are and then launder the garment in the warmest water safe for the fabric. Hang dry the garment.

Nail Polish

This may be impossible to remove depending on the fabric and nail polish type. If the alternative is to throw out the garment, try nail polish remover. Place garment face down on paper towels. Blot the back of the stain with nail polish remover. Rinse and wash.


Try a pen eraser, and if that doesn't work soak the stain with rubbing alcohol.


Wipe fabric with alcohol, and then apply mild chlorine bleach to any remaining stain.

Coffee / Tea

Immediately run cold water over fresh stain. Pretreat stain with fabric prewash and launder.

Grease / Oil

Use a liquid pretreatment spray and wash the garment in the hottest water safe for the fabric. If stain persists, place stain face down on clean paper towels and rub with dry cleaning solvent or liquid pretreatment spray. Rinse in warm water, and wash.


Allow mud to dry, and scrape off as much as possible. Soak for 15 minutes in detergent and water. Wash in hottest water safe for the fabric.


Rub a moistened bar of soap directly on stained area. Apply liquid detergent to stain and wash.


Put a paste of water and cornstarch, cornmeal, or talcum powder on the spot. Let it dry, and brush it off.