Friday, 17 April 2015

Taking care of your prom dress after the party


Image by: Anhtai Tran

Are you worried about how to look after your prom dress once you get home? Worried about wrinkling your dream gown? Maybe you’ve spilt something on the dress during the after party and need to get the stain out. 


Here are some great tips that will help you look after your 2015 prom dresses. Always remember to follow the usual rules for stain removal.

Dry Cleaning First

We all know that dry cleaning can extend the life of a garment. By correctly cleaning and handling 2015 prom dresses, you can reap these rewards:


• Minimize color fading
• Keep your dress looking fresher for longer
• The fabric life can be extended which means your precious purchase will last longer.


If you should be unfortunate enough to get a stain on the gown, deal with it as soon as you can. The longer you leave it, the more time the stain dry and soak in, it becomes a lot harder to get rid of. Identify the cause of the stain so that you can deal with how to remove it. Then take the dress straight to the dry cleaner.

Dealing with Wrinkles

It’s a great idea to have 2015 prom dresses steamed or pressed. A cool iron also does the trick – use a piece of white cloth on top of the dress to protect it, though.


To keep the prom dress from getting wrinkled in the car on the way to the prom, push as much of the fabric as you can to one side so that you sit on as little of it as possible.


Once you get home, give the dress plenty of space to breathe. Make sure nothing touches the dress that will make it turn colors or wrinkle.

The Basics of Stain Removal

• Treat stains as soon as you possibly can
• Always test the treatment method first on a hidden area of the gown before you treat the actual stain
• Make sure you rub the stain from the back of the dress fabric
• Be sure to read and follow the manufacturer’s care instructions
• Don’t iron or dry a stained dress until the stain has been removed
• Avoid rubbing the stain, rather scrape or blot it
• To blot stains, use a clean white towel
• Great all-purpose stain removals include baking soda, club soda, salt, and lemon juice

Make Up Stains

If your 2015 prom dresses get lipstick, eye shadow or mascara stains, dampen the stain using warm water and rub with a detergent that has color safe bleach. You can rub the detergent right on the stain until there is no more outline. Wash the dress is the hottest water it is allowed.


For stains like foundation, lip and eye liners and concealer, dampen the stain with warm water and rub gently with liquid laundry detergent. Next, rinse the area and wash the dress in the warmest water it can take.

Nail Polish Stains

These can be almost impossible to get out, depending on the fabric. Try nail polish remover by placing the dress face down on paper towels and blot the back of the mark. 

Ink Stains

For these unfortunate marks, try pen eraser or soak the stain in rubbing alcohol.

Grass Stains

If your 2015 prom dresses suffer grass stains, try wiping with alcohol and applying a mild chlorine bleach.

Coffee and Tea Stains

As soon as you spill coffee or tea on the dress, run the stain under cold water. You can also pre-treat the stain using fabric prewash before washing.

Oil or Grease

For these marks, use a liquid pre-treatment and then wash the dress in warm water. If the stain is still there, lie it face down on paper towels and then rub with a dry cleaning solvent.

Mud Stains

Leave mud to dry before scraping off as much as you can. Then soak the stain for about 15 minutes using a detergent and water. 

Sweat Stains

Simply rub a moistened bar of soap right on the affected area. You can then apply liquid detergent and wash.


Finally, to treat blood stains, use a paste of corn starch, talcum powder or cornmeal and water. Leave to dry and then brush it off.

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