Ooops! How to Get a Stain Out of Your Wedding Dress

I remember picking my wedding dress up from the bridal boutique for the first time and treating it like a newborn baby. Nobody or NOTHING was going to get in the way of this sucker. If my wedding dress was President I was a Secret Service agent, protecting it with my life no matter what. OK, that’s a little dramatic. But you get what I’m saying.

While thankfully I managed to get down the aisle in my wedding dress stain-free, there are two times you do need to be actively aware of wedding dress stains and how to get rid of them. The first is obviously before the wedding, and the second is after. One is more nerve-wrecking and the other is not, but they both require the same amount of care.

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So let’s start with how to get a stain out of a wedding dress, no matter if it’s before or after the wedding. Here’s what you need to do, step-by-step. PS: It’s a good idea to be prepared with a wedding day stain removal kit on your wedding day. I found some pretty good instructions on how to DIY a wedding stain kit here, though I’ve heard conflicting things about using baby powder on stains, so I would be hesitant to include that one.

  1. NEVER rub the stain. You might make it worse
  2. Use a white towel to BLOT the stain first. If it’s food vs. liquid, get a dull knife and scrape off any remains of the food.
  3. What you use on the stain to help get rid of it will depend on what spilled on it. If it’s wine, you’ll want to use equal parts white vinegar and water. If it’s makeup, dish detergent works best.
  4. Starting on the outside of the stain with a towel placed underneath, apply a small amount of the solution on the underside of the dress towards the hem to see how the fabric reacts. DO NOT OVER-SATURATE. If all is good, move ahead. If not, go to Step 7 .
  5. Slightly dampen another white towel with the solution and starting on the edges of the stain,  use a feathering motion and dab the stain repeatedly until the stain is gone.
  6. Once the stain is (hopefully) removed, use a hair dryer on a cooler setting to dry the area (just make sure to hold it at least 10 inches away from the dress.
  7. Worried about doing any of this? Yeah, me too. If you notice a stain and are not comfortable trying any DIY solution on it, take it to a professional wedding dress cleaner AS SOON AS YOU CAN.

SEE MORE: How to Clean and Preserve Your Wedding Dress

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