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Posted by Claire Ridley on 23 June 2022
Are you getting married this summer and want to know how to take care of your wedding dress, bridesmaids' gowns and suits before, during and after the big day? Then check out Steamery, the Scandinavian clothing care brand that has unveiled tips for caring for your wedding outfits. We catch up with co-founder Frej Lewenhaupt to find out more.
Frej tells us, "Before the wedding, the primary task is to make sure your dress or suit is kept in perfect condition for the big day. Good preparation beforehand will minimize the risk of extra maintenance during your wedding day. So make sure that you store your dress or suit in a garment bag that's meant for storage. Never opt for one made of plastic because it may trap moisture that can cause the garment to catch mould and odours or get stained. The only time to use a plastic bag is during transport, to protect the outfit from bad weather. Heavy dresses should be stored lying down, for instance under the bed, while lighter dresses, tuxedos and suits should be kept hanging in their garment bag. Remember to protect them from direct sunlight because it can make white fabrics turn yellow - it's best to store your precious pieces in a dry and dark place where they aren't cramped with other garments."
Frej and the expert team behind the brand reveal that the Steamery Sewing Kit, Clothing Lint Brush and one of their handheld steamers are must-have items for the big day itself. Frej says, "Be equipped with a first aid kit in case of spills, tears and wrinkles. One of the most common questions we get asked is can I use a steamer on my wedding dress and the answer is yes. Steam the dress or suit just before leaving for the ceremony, it will remove all creases resulting in a perfect finish and brush off dust and hair with a lint brush. If necessary, mend tears with matching thread."
If there's a spill on the fabric, mask stains temporarily (chalk and baking soda work well on fatty acid stains on white garments) but don't start any advanced stain treatment. Frej advises, "Blot any wine stains with a dry tissue but stay away from harsh chemicals and home remedies which might harm the fabric - leave tough stains to the experts at the dry cleaners after the wedding. The trickiest stains are the ones you can't spot immediately. Spills from white wine and champagne aren't noticeable right away, but they turn into brown, permanent stains after a while. Many stains can become permanent if you wait weeks before treating them so take the items to the dry cleaner as quickly as possible after the wedding."
After the wedding, good long-term storage is vital. Frej says, "Hang garments on padded hangers which are gentler than wood or metal ones. Store your dress or suit in a dry, cool and dark place in a fabric garment bag meant for storage. If you're not planning on keeping your wedding outfit, consider selling it instead of just storing it.
To shop, visit https://steamery.co.uk
Pictured: the Cirrus 2 handheld steamers in grey and pink, £120 each.