Cleaning & Organization

How to Wash a Wedding Dress with Eucalan

August 21, 2022

You spend hours searching for the perfect dress: looking through magazines, figuring out your style, the details you can’t live without and then finally deciding which dress was the right one for you. But now your wedding day has come and gone. Luckily, you have a multitude of photos and memories to always remind you of your special day to remind you of how beautiful you looked in your wedding dress and how it made you feel.

So now it’s time to properly care for the garment that you so meticulously chose for your big day. It can come as a bit of a surprise when your beautiful dress has a dirty hem, grass-stained train, or cake-speckled bust.  And while you may not want to wear your dress again, you do want to clean and preserve it so it will keep it looking beautiful for years to come.

Preservation kits can run you anywhere between $250 and $400. Though some dry cleaners offer specialized wedding cleaning services, they are expensive. They also use harsh chemicals that can damage delicate embroidery, sequins, and beadwork.

But did you know that you can actually clean and preserve your wedding dress yourself? No one will take more care in cleaning your own dress than you. By using Eucalan, the process is far less expensive and significantly better for the environment. Eucalan is non-toxic, biodegradable, free of optical brighteners, phosphates, synthetic fragrance and dye – so it’s a perfect choice for ensuring the preservation of your wedding dress for years to come.  

Washing your wedding dress is so much easier than you’d think! We can walk you through the whole process step by step:

  1. Add Eucalan to your washing machine or bathtub filled with tepid water.
  2. Immerse your dress in the water and allow it to soak for 15 minutes.
  3. Add Eucalan full strength (straight from the bottle, not diluted in water) to tough stains and rub gently with a soft bristled toothbrush until stain disappears. Your train and hem will likely need the most effort.
  4. Squeeze your dress gently with your hands to incorporate soap and water through the fabric.
  5. Soak the dress for an additional 15 minutes.
  6. Eucalan does not require rinsing, but if you wish to, give it a gentle rinse under fresh tepid water.
  7. Remove from water and squeeze gently or spin out excess water.
  8. You may roll your dress in a fresh, clean towel, but be sure to go slowly and so any embellishments don’t stick to your towel fibres.
  9. Hang your dress to dry, away from direct sunlight or heat.

If you are still counting down the days to your wedding, it’s worth keeping some Eucalan stain treating towelettes in your emergency bag. These handy wipes make it quick to clean up any little bits of make-up, food, or grass and such from outdoor photo shoots. Give one to each member of your wedding party, as well – catch stains before they set to keep everyone looking their best!

We hope we’ve given you some tips and tricks on how best to clean and preserve your treasured dress. If you love all things wedding related, you should also check out our Wedding Pinterest Board.

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