Stain Stain Go Away…
By Lucinda Jenkins
What could be worse for a bride than getting a stain on her wedding dress that sends her into a panicked frenzy. Well gorgeous brides have no fear! We’ve brought together all the tips and tricks for you and your Maid of Honour to know so that IF the worst happens, you will be able to sort it out quickly and calmly.
Of course, there are a few things you can do to prevent any unnecessary stains.
- Avoid red wine and foods served with sauces, skip the red cabbage and raspberry sorbet!
- Apply make-up and hair products before putting on the gown.
- Step into the gown or use a silk cloth over your face when putting on a gown over your head
Emergency Stain Bag
A stain on your wedding dress may seem and feel like the worst thing in the world, but many stains can be quickly removed or hidden. Before your big day pack a small tote bag with the following items that can serve as your emergency kit.
- White cotton cloths or towels
- White or off-white chalk
- Baby powder or corn starch
- Stain removal pen or wipes
- Rubbing alcohol
- Double sided tape
- Cotton swabs
- Needle and thread (preferably white or nude)
- Safety pens & dress pins with spare buttons
- Hair grips
So, you’ve seen a stain…don’t touch it! Never rub or scrub at the spot, you may just make it spread or force the stain deeper into the fabric. First, use a white towel to blot up any moisture or a dull knife to gently lift away any solid residue. If it’s an oily stain, sprinkle the spot with baby powder to absorb the oil. Always spot treat the stain working from the outside to the inside. Use a cotton swap to apply the cleaning mixture to avoid over saturating the fabric. Keep blotting with white cloths.
Specific Quick Fixes
- Red Wine: Use your white towel to absorb as much of the stain as possible. Soak your white cloth in warm water and dab from the outer edges of the stain to the middle.
- Oily Food or Grease: Cover the stain with a thick layer of baby powder to absorb oil, let it sit for at least 15 minutes, and then gently brush away. Repeat if necessary. Wet a cotton swab with rubbing alcohol and dab from the outer edges of the stain to the middle.
- Ink: Start at outer edges of the stain toward the middle with a cotton swab dipped in rubbing alcohol. Work slowly and change the swab often as ink is transferred. Blot with a clean white cloth. Protect the underside of the dress with an additional white cloth to help absorb the ink.
- Lipstick or Makeup: Dab at the stain with a stain stick.
For all of the above stains finish by covering any remaining stain with chalk or baby powder.
Your wedding day is all about you, enjoy it and don’t sweat the small stuff! If something goes wrong remain cool, calm and collected and laugh it off!