How to Care for and Clean Special Occasion Dresses

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

  • Treat stains ASAP
  • Test the treatment method on a hidden area of the garment before treating the stain
  • Rub the stain from the back of the fabric, not the front
  • Follow the manufacturer's care instructions for the garment
  • Never dry or iron a stained garment until the stain is removed
  • Don't rub the stain. Blot or scrape the stain to prevent further penetration
  • Use a clean white towel for blotting stains
  • Always follow labels on stain removal products
  • All-purpose stain removal: club soda, lemon juice, baking soda, salt
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