Thursday, January 8, 2009

Steaming your Wedding Gown

There are several options for getting wrinkles out of your gown before the big day; however, it's important to know which methods will produce the best results, and most importantly, not harm your gown in the process. First off, let's discuss things you should NOT do. Never touch an iron to your gown as most gown fabrics are not iron-safe. In addition to an iron, it's also probably not a good idea to use a home steamer as a steamer may end up leaving water spots on your gown.

When it comes to getting wrinkles out of your gown safely, professional steaming is your best option and will generally produce the best results. Most of the time the store where you purchased your gown will take care of steaming your gown for you (and will usually do this free of charge). However, if that's not the case, check into a local dry cleaning company that specializes in wedding gown care. Chances are if the dry cleaning company has gown preservation services, they will most likely have a gown steaming service as well. If neither of these are an option for you, a safe at home method would be to create your own steam room in your bathroom. Start off by hanging your gown on the back of the bathroom door and covering your bathroom floor in towels. Next, run a hot shower for 10-15 minutes while allowing the room to fill with steam. Lastly, take a dry, white towel and run it down the length of your gown to smooth out any wrinkles.

Whichever method you choose, it's important to hang your gown in a space where it will not be tampered with in the weeks and days leading up to your wedding. Be sure to allow plenty of time if steaming is required and lastly, always hang your gown on a padded hanger as this will prevent fabric snags from happening.

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