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I put my wedding dress in the washing machine....

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NewChoos Sun 16-Oct-11 18:12:32

because I was sick of 'send dress away to be cleaned' remaining unticked on my to do list.

I can report back that it washed well and looks absolutely fine.

Just popped it on a warm wash inside a duvet cover to protect the beading.
I don't appear to have lost any beading and it's almost spotless.

Just thought I'd share in case any one else tempted.

Disclaimer: If it had shrunk, I wouldn't have been too upset, I doubt DS will want to wear it in the future smile

Yes, I did this too (though mine had no beading)
I took it to the dry cleaners, it was utterly filthy, to be told it "wasn't suitable to be dry cleaned". I asked what I should do and they suggested "sponging it". It had crushed flowers, general grime and red wine on it, me dabbing at it with a sponge wasn't likely to cut it. SO I shoved it in the washing machine on a "hand wash" cycle. Took two goes but came out as good as new grin

Jessicaalbastwin Sun 16-Oct-11 18:18:35

Wow your brave, I wouldn't even attempt to try it. I got mine dry cleaned the day after My wedding, and its stayed wrapped up in My wardrobe eversince.

Trills Sun 16-Oct-11 18:20:04

Well done!

I generally take the line that "dry clean only" means handwash, and "handwash" means "gentle cycle of machine".

Dry cleaning doesn't actually clean things, does it?

Tinkerisdead Sun 16-Oct-11 18:29:35

I had mine chopped up and turned into a romper suit with detachable skirt. So it can be worn by a ds as well as my dd who was christened in it. The thing was the skirt is chiffon and beaded, really delicate. My dd threw up milky sick on the collar and dry cleaning didnt shift it.

I took it to another dry cleaner who said normally i'd say stick it in the washing machine but i think the skirts too delicate. It was then i remembered it unbuttoned! Raced home and washed it in the machine and it came out brilliantly. In fact when dc2 arrives i'll wash it again!

I don't know Trills, I have always wondered that
yuck

NewChoos Sun 16-Oct-11 19:30:38

Great to hear other success stories! I am tempted by your idea The Doctorswife although I have seen a lovely christening gown in JL. Mght keep the dress in case we have another baby and in case we have a girl.
I agree dry cleaned clothes don't seem really clean.
I am not tempted to wash some curtains as well!

NewChoos Sun 16-Oct-11 19:30:57

I mean now tempted of course.

bishboschone Sun 16-Oct-11 20:25:10

Most wedding dresses around the £1000 and under mark are all polyester nowadays. They call it poly satin but it's 100% polyester and washes beautifully. I am a dry cleaner so I know this and we offer a wash service as many people are too scared to wash them. I must have washed 100's and they come up like new. Most are from china and the label doesn't mean anything anyway. Quite often it is actually safer to wash as the beads are plastic and can melt when they react with the solvent in the dry cleaner. Bung them in ladies..I will add we wash them in a large washing machine inside out and take out and hang immediately to avoid creasing. I would imagine a large dress in a small machine could get very creased. By the way ..I am ashamed to hear a fellow dry cleaner telling someone to sponge something..( I mean come on) !!!!

bishboschone Sun 16-Oct-11 20:27:40

By the way ..dry cleaning washes in a solvent rather than water but they do get washed ( wet) . I can assure you the solvent gets very dirty when cleaned out weekly ( it goes through a distillation process after each wash ) but it doesn't clean in the same way washing does. Anything you can wash you should.

NewChoos Sun 16-Oct-11 20:44:22

bish Do you think I could wash some voiles that are 63% polyester and 37% polycotton?

bishboschone Sun 16-Oct-11 21:12:04

I don't see why not but to be honest I am better at seeing something and knowing if it will wash rather than the consistency of it.. I look at the item before I check the instructions.. Polyester and poly cotton wash separately so I can't see it would be a problem... The key to washing safely is gentle cycle gentle detergent and remove and hang immediately. manufacturers put a generic dry clean label on to pre vent returns , they are supposed to test everything before attaching the correct instructions but putting dry clean on puts the onus on us . Honestly many many people are crap at washing and if they put 30 delicate cycle they would get so many returns.

Hopefully Sun 16-Oct-11 22:09:42

I soaked mine in the bath with half a tub of vanish for a couple of hours. Came up beautifully!

pissedrightoff Sun 16-Oct-11 22:29:00

Does anyone know if you can dye a wedding dress? I have kept the top part of mine (skirt was layers and layers of tulle and I put my heel through every layer, So it got binned)
I thought if I could dye it black, I could wear it again.

LoopyLoopsPussInBoots Sun 16-Oct-11 22:30:47

Mine is still caked in mud and wine. Married over 3 years ago...

maxcliffordslovechild Sun 16-Oct-11 22:36:20

ohhh so glad I'm not the only one, married 2 years and still clinging in to my filthy dress! Tempted to bung it in the machine and see what happens, not as if I'll wear it again anyway so what have I got to lose?

PastGrace Sun 16-Oct-11 23:14:43

bish thank you! My friend and I took an evening dress of mine in to be dry cleaned and she asked how it worked. The reply we got?

"errr.... we sponge clean it and then put it in the dry cleaning machine"

hmm we'd worked that much out...

MmeLindor. Sun 16-Oct-11 23:22:26

Oh, am tempted but mine would never fit in a normal machine.

It is silk organza so quite delicate.

It has been in the cellar since we moved here, I really should take it out and make sure it is not getting too grotty.

What is the best way to store a dress like that then? It is in box at the moment, would hanging it up be better?

AutumnWitch Mon 17-Oct-11 06:39:47

Pissedrightoff - yes you can have wedding dresses dyed. The result depends on the fabric. My matron of honour wore her own wedding dress dyed a beautiful deep red, the only disappointment was the polyester stitching dyed lighter than the silk.

I think it was done by Giltbrook but their website doesn't mention it (14 years ago now), but there will be others.

BranchingOut Mon 17-Oct-11 06:45:08

Hooray! I posted a thread on this a while back but had no responses from anyone with actual experience.

I did sucessfully wash a lovely silk evening dress a while back, so am quite encouraged to wash my wedding dress.

Can I ask a question: what about the boned bodice? Will that survive ok?

bishboschone Mon 17-Oct-11 12:34:33

Please don't wash silk organza ..especially if it's big... Washable ones are 100% polyester.. There is usually a label inside the zip at the back ..or at the bottom.. If you have had it taken in loads maybe not.

bishboschone Mon 17-Oct-11 12:35:40

Past grace..that's funny..I expect she was just a counter girl..dry cleaning is actually a fine art ..I am surprised they said they sponge them ..bit odd.

bishboschone Mon 17-Oct-11 12:38:20

Re..storing ..you need an acid free box and tissue but no point unless its clean. The boxes are expensive.. I expect you can get them off eBay

pissedrightoff Mon 17-Oct-11 12:40:17

Thanks Autumnwitch I will start looking online.

bishboschone Mon 17-Oct-11 12:49:41

Just looked on eBay..search acid free wedding box and tissue ..loads of choices

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