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Wedding Dress Tips: Stain Removal

Posted on January 17th, 2008 by Courtney in Wedding Attire 1 Comment

Wine GlassPicture this: You finally make your way through the wave of guests trying to talk to you before the night is over. As you approach your Maid of Honor, she swivels unexpectedly, spilling her almost-full glass of wine all over your gorgeous gown.

Try not to hyperventilate! This is just a scenario. I promise.

Scenario or not, though, an unwelcome disaster like this could happen, and instead of spending the rest of your reception crying in the bathroom, wouldn’t you rather be prepared?

I’m sure you’re nodding in agreement. Well, if you’re the ready-for-anything guru you think you are, you might want to print out a list of these hints to keep you sane if (somehow) your dress gets stained:

  • Red Wine: Dab at the stain with a clean cloth. Then, dampen the cloth with club soda and dab some more. Don’t rub! Keep dabbing with clean parts of the cloth until most (or all) of the stain has come out. Use chalk or talcum powder to disguise any traces of the stain that remain.
  • Oil or Grease Stain: Sprinkle talcum powder to cover the stain. Wait 10-15 minutes, then shake off whatever hasn’t stuck.
  • Lipstick: Since lipstick has such a thick consistency, your best bet is probably to use dry cleaning fluid, or possibly lighter fluid, as a solvent to help it dissolve. Make sure to try either liquid on an unseen part of your dress before applying to the stain, though, because they might discolor your dress’ fabric. If you opt to not use either of these solvents, try covering the stain with talcum powder or baking soda.
  • Ink Stain: Lucky for you, this stain solution is probably something you have in your beauty bag! (Again, make sure to test an unseen portion of your dress before using this cleaning solution.) Place a clean cloth underneath the stain then spray the stain lightly. Wait about five minutes then dab at the stain gently with a clean cloth.

And crisis averted.

Just a heads up—if the stain in question isn’t incredibly noticeable, you’re probably safer waiting till the next day and dropping your dress off at the cleaners. Nothing can beat dry cleaning, and if a quick fix isn’t absolutely necessary, you’re probably better off trying to hide it!

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Comments (1)

  1. 1Melissa

    Oooo, red wine, that would really suck! Great tips though, thanks!

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