A Beautiful Memory Is Worth Saving…
With proper care and storage, your cherished Bridal Gown will remain beautiful for years. Our exclusive service includes professional cleaning & preservation and a special acid-free container. For more detailed information about our service, and tips on how to store your gown, please read the information in the links below…
Preserving Your Gown:
You’ve spent a lot of time, energy, and money looking for your wedding gown; your cherished possession. It will remind you of that special, joyous event in your lives together. Naturally, you want to preserve your gown at its loveliest, as it was on your wedding day. This is best accomplished by having it properly cleaned and prepared, and then preserved in a special acid-free coffer.
It is very important that your Bridal Memory Chest be kept in a cool, dry place. Do not store it in the attic or basement. The attic heat could promote yellowing and the basement dampness can cause mildew. When you wish to inspect your gown, be sure your hands and the surrounding areas are clean.
It’s best to clean and preserve your gown right after the wedding. Over time, stains become more difficult to remove. The sooner it’s properly cleaned and preserved, the better results you’ll have. Unprotected, it will fade and yellow, and eventually, it can deteriorate, and become brittle in spots.
One thing you can do is to make arrangements before the wedding. Plan to have someone (mom, friend, maid of honor, …or us) bring in your gown right after the wedding. Or, if that’s not possible, we can arrange to have a carton labeled and ready for mail service pick-up. Where will you have your bridal gown cleaned and preserved? Come in and meet us, we’re always happy to show you around and explain our procedures.
Quality and Caring:
We carefully inspect and prepare your bridal gown before cleaning. We check for spots, age, wear areas, any and all needed repairs; loose buttons or beads, open seams, tears, damaged zippers, etc., anything that should be fixed. Beads and other trims are tested for “clean-ability”. Some things should be done before cleaning, like removing or reinforcing & covering buttons, so they don’t become damaged during cleaning. Your gown is then professionally spotted and gently cleaned alone in crystal-clear solution for a brief period. It’s checked again, and if necessary, it’s post spotted, then skillfully hand finished. Any other finishing touches, like re-sewing buttons or trims, more repairs, etc., are done at this time. We then perform another complete inspection of your gown to insure that it is in perfect shape and ready for long-term storage.
Your gown is cushioned with a special acid-free tissue to help maintain the designers’ delicate design and carefully folded, wrapping it in a special 100% cotton liner before it’s placed in a museum quality acid-free storage box, then wrapped in another special 100% cotton outer cover. This outside cover is optional, however our Cleaners include this added protection as part of their Exclusive Bridal Gown Preservation Process. You also receive a Bridal Gown Preservation Certificate.
The Special Container:
The type of packaging and the container is what preserves your gown once it has been properly cleaned. Years ago, museum conservators met with representatives of commercial paper companies out of a concern about apparent deterioration (yellowing, brown spots, staining, streaking, friability, etc.,) of their textiles stored in standard cardboard boxes. After research and testing, they realized that those standard boxes had become increasingly acidic over time, causing the degradation and discoloration of the contents.
Experts in garment and textile analysis recommend against plastics and vacuum sealing. An article in a dry cleaning trade paper, The National Clothesline, reads “Plastic bags are not acid free. Being chemically unstable, plastic gives off fumes as it decomposes with age. This also hastens textile deterioration. Excessive humidity is the greatest danger in storage, therefore plastic bags by their very nature are conducive to mold and mildew formation.”
Katherine Dirks, a museum conservator in the Division of Textiles at the Museum of American History in Washington D.C. notes “we’ve found that vacuum sealing never helps in the preservation of clothing.” Besides, Norman Oehlke, Director of Member Services at IFI states, “You cannot vacuum seal a cardboard box. It requires a steel or glass container that can’t breathe.” Dr. Nancy Kerr, a Professor of textile science at the University of Alberta, in Edmonton states, “Vacuum sealing is not a good idea because any moisture trapped inside leads to mildew.” Dan Eisen, Chief Garment Analyst and Director of the N.Y. School of Dry Cleaning states “when wedding gowns are stored, they should be properly cleaned and free of stains. Use an acid free box with acid-free tissue paper. Do not cover or seal with plastic since this type of storage builds up an acid condition that hastens deterioration.”
Museum conservators now require long-term storage boxes to be acid free and buffered to keep it acid free. They expect to extend the lifetime of textiles for 200 years by storing them in an acid-free box with acid-free tissue and a cotton muslin liner.
The Museum Quality Storage Box Company states “completely archival, our storage box is acid-free, lignin-free, sulphur-free, and buffered to keep it acid-free. Archival quality means it is suitable for contact with historic materials. The hope of the Bride is that her wedding gown becomes ‘historical’ having been worn by many generations of brides.
The Museum Quality Storage Box is mill certified by the American National Standards Institute. It was designed for the Smithsonian Institute and is used by conservators internationally. There are two cotton liners, one inside the storage box, and the other fits over the box. Both are de-sized, unbleached, and washed cotton muslin liners which serve as a fabric filter which can remove 99% of incoming suspended dirt. It also serves as a blotter helping to keep any mositure away from the gown. The outside cover also keeps the box clean, can be easily washed, and still allows maximum breathe-ability for the gown.
How to get your Gown to us:
Drop in any time during our regular business hours:
- Monday – Friday 7:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M
- Saturday 8:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M
If that’s not possible, and you’re in our local Beverly Hills/West Hollywood area, our Cleaners will pick up & deliver your bridal gown free of charge. Residents outside the local area will have a $5.00 service charge for pick up & delivery added.
Our Cleaners accept bridal gowns from anywhere. If you’re outside the greater Los Angeles area, we offer reliable, safe shipping. We can supply you with a kit containing whatever you need to ship your gown safely to us.
“Your Bridal Gown has been professionally dry cleaned and processed with the best techniques and carefully inspected .
It has been meticulously prepared and placed in a special museum quality storage container in a completely acid-free, lignin-free buffered environment. With proper care and storage, your bridal gown will remain beautiful for years.”
Bridal Gown Preservation Gift Certificates are also available from Merry Go Round and make great wedding or shower presents. Suggestion: Put it on your wish list!
Why a Professional Cleaner?:
Wedding gowns are delicate. The beautiful laces, beading fabrics and trims require special care by a skilled and professional dry cleaner. We have years of experience, knowledge, and awareness in the cleaning of your bridal gown. We are dedicated to cleaning and preserving your precious wedding gown, entrusted to us, with the utmost care.
Your satisfaction is guaranteed at our Cleaners.