We went to a little networking event that discussed the how, what’s and how to’s if you end up with a stain on your beautiful dress on your special day! I then came back to our studio to test out and further investigate this potentially catastrophic wedding day problem.
First, know what your dress is made from. synthetics will be easier to remove a stain from, they aren’t as absorbent as say SILK! I recommend putting together a little emergency kit for wedding professionals and brides alike. Here is my suggestion for supplies:
- Baby Wipes
- Clean white washcloths
- Cotton Swabs
- Rubbing alcohol
- Hydrogen Peroxide
- Club Soda
- Magic Eraser (generic brand works fine)
- Talcum Powder
- Small Hair dryer
Now some quick how to’s for common stains.
- Red Wine: Use your clean white washcloth to blot the stain, do not wipe, you could spread it further. Dampen a clean portion of the cloth with Club Soda and dab from the outer edge of the stain inwards. Keep dabbing using clean portions of the cloth until most of the stain is removed. Lightly dust area with Talcum Powder to cover any remaining part of the stain.
- Lipstick/Makeup: Use a baby wipe and gently dab the stain. (Do NOT rub) Use Talcum Powder to to cover any remaining part of the stain.
- Blood: Use luke warm water to blot the stain with your clean white washcloth. Again, dab from the outer edge inwards. If this does not work, dilute Hydrogen Peroxide (one part to nine parts water) and dab stain. Once the stain is removed, dab area with cold water. Use hair dryer on lowest setting and no closer than 12 inches to the material to dry. You can dust with Talcum Powder to disguise any left over stain.
- Grease (from food or otherwise): Sprinkle Talcum Powder on stain and let it sit for 8-10 minutes. Shake off excess. Wet a cotton swab with Alcohol and dab from the outer edge inwards. Dust any remaining part of the stain with Talcum Powder to cover any remaining part of the stain.
- Chewing Gum: Use an ice cube to gently rub the gum. Gum hardens when cold and can be scraped off! Once gum is removed, blot area with cold water. Use hair dryer on lowest setting and no closer than 12 inches to the material to dry. You can dust with Talcum Powder to disguise any left over stain.
As I said previously, you need to know what type of material your dress is made from before trying any of these potential fixes. You can ask for a sample of your dress material from where you purchase it and try some of these solutions ahead of time. Hopefully this won’t happen to you, dear bride, but it is best to be as prepared as possible!