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Dress Care Instructions for Prom Dress

After a wonderful prom night, no matter you are willing to or not, you should take off the beautiful dress and clean it for next big event. But how much do you know about dress care? All girls want to take good care of their lovely prom dress while sometimes the dress still got wrinkles or stains unexpectedly. If things happened like that, what should be done the first time? Read this article and you’ll get some basic knowledge for dress care.

Basic Concepts

1. Dry Clean the Dress

Dry cleaning is helpful to:

A. Keep colors stay bright and preserves the beauty;

B. Keep embellishments on the dress such as beadings, rhinestones, lace, embroidery from being damaged;

C. Minimize the need to use dryers, irons and steamers so that there would be less chance for the fabric to be damaged.

2. Treat Stains ASAP When There is One

Generally, the longer you wait the more difficult it takes to remove the stain. When stain soaks deep in the dress and become dry, it’s hard to get it off.

3. Read the Care Instruction Label on the Dress

As there are different ways to preserve prom dresses of different fabrics, read the care instruction label on the dress is needed. Especially when you are trying to remove some stains or wrinkles, don’t forget to take a look at the manufacturer’s instructions.

Tips to Handle Wrinkles

You can have your dress professionally pressed of steamed. You could also use a cool dry iron and press through a piece of white cloth to protect the dress.

• To keep your dress from wrinkling in the car, push most of the fabric to the side so that you're sitting on as little as possible.

• When you bring your dress home, make sure that it has plenty of space to breath. Also be sure that nothing is touching the dress making it wrinkle or turning the color.

Tips to Handle Different Stains

1. Treat stains ASAP;
2. Test the treatment method on a hidden area of the garment before treating the stain;
3. Rub the stain from the back of the fabric, not the front;
4. Follow the manufacturer's care instructions for the garment;
5. Never dry or iron a stained garment until the stain is removed;
6. Don't rub the stain. Blot or scrape the stain to prevent further penetration;
7. Use a clean white towel for blotting stains;
8. All-purpose stain removal: club soda, lemon juice, baking soda, salt.



Dampen the stain with warm water and rub with a liquid detergent with color safe bleach. Rub the detergent directly into the stain until its outline is gone. Then wash the garment in the hottest water safe for the fabric.


Dampen the stain with warm water and pretreat it by gently rubbing with liquid laundry detergent or a soft paste of powder detergent and water. Rinse the treated are and then launder the garment in the warmest water safe for the fabric. Hang dry the garment.


This may be impossible to remove depending on the fabric and nail polish type. If the alternative is throughout the garment, try nail polish remover. Place garment face down on paper towels. Blot the back of the stain with nail polish remover. Rinse and wash.


Try a pen eraser, and if that doesn't work soak the stain with rubbing alcohol.


Wipe fabric with alcohol, and then apply mild chlorine bleach to any remaining stain.


Immediately run cold water over fresh stain. Pretreat stain with fabric prewash and launder.


Use a liquid pretreatment spray and wash the garment in the hottest water safe for the fabric. If stain persists, place stain face down on clean paper towels and rub with dry cleaning solvent or liquid pretreatment spray. Rinse in warm water, and wash.


Allow mud to dry, and scrape off as much as possible. Soak for 15 minutes in detergent and water. Wash in hottest water safe for the fabric.


Rub a moistened bar of soap directly on stained area. Apply liquid detergent to stain and wash.


Put a paste of water and cornstarch, cornmeal, or talcum powder on the spot. Let it dry, and brush it off.

Post by Sherley Mori


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