According to Statistic Brain, approximately 2,077,000 couples say "I do" each year. If you're creating the perfect wedding, chances are you're planning for every mistake and mishap. While you rent a tent to protect you in case of rain or double check there are enough tables at your reception, there is another eventuality you need to plan for: a stain on your wedding dress. Don't let an unfortunate accident put a damper on your special day and instead, here are some tips to help you remove common stains from your wedding dress:
If you're enjoying a glass of red wine before you walk down the aisle or while you're toasting your nuptials, a spill of this notoriously hard-to-remove stain can put a damper on the festivities. However, with the right products, you can get rid of the stain in a matter of minutes. Here is how:
- Begin by blotting at the stain to remove as much liquid as possible. Do not rub the stain because this will only work the red wine deeper into the fabric.
- Next, dampen a cloth with some club soda. Dab at the stain until you remove as much of the red wine as possible.
- Next, create a paste with baking soda, club soda or plain water and salt.
- Apply the mixture directly to the stain and gently work it into the fabric with a paper towel or your fingers. Let the baking soda paste sit for just a few minutes and gently rinse it out with plain water.
- Finally, if this doesn't work, create a mixture of equal parts water and white vinegar. Be aware that white vinegar can bleach fabric, so if your dress isn't white, it might leave behind a slight discoloration. Gently dab at the stain with the diluted white vinegar until it is eliminated.
- Rinse out the vinegar solution, dab at the dress to remove the excess water and continue to enjoy your day.
If you've been planning your hair and makeup for months, chances are you didn't foresee getting some of your foundation, eye shadow or mascara on your dress. Luckily, with some quick thinking and the right products, it's possible to eliminate any of these stains right away:
- Begin by gently dabbing at the stain to remove any excess product. Be careful not the spread the makeup, because it can make the stain even worse.
- Next, create a mixture of plain water or club soda and a few drops of dish detergent. Try to use a product that is specifically designed to break-up oil and grease.
- Dampen a white cloth or paper towel with the soapy water and gently dab at the stain. Once again, do not rub the dress because this will make matters even worse.
- Continue to dampen the cloth or paper towel with the soapy mixture and dabbing at the stain until it's eliminated.
- Once the stain is completely removed, dampen a clean cloth or paper towel with plain water and dab at the previously-affected area to remove the soapy mixture. If you're in a hurry, you can use a hair dryer to eliminate any remaining moisture.
Don't worry if your dress is made from silk, satin or any other fine fabric. The dish soap will be mild enough to eliminate the stain without damaging your beautiful dress.
Your wedding is meant to be the most magical day of your life. Don't let a minor stain put a damper on your big day and instead, create a wedding emergency kit that features the above-mentioned products. To learn more about how to take care of your Bohemian wedding dress, contact local boutiques.