How To Clean Your Wedding Dress

The much anticipated big day has come to an end, and whether you’re planning on keeping your wedding dress in storage or having this framed and out on display, you’ll no doubt be faced with the issue of how to clean your wedding dress after the day is over.

There are two options when choosing how to clean your wedding dress, you can either go it alone and clean your wedding dress at home, or you can find a reputable wedding dress cleaning company.

This guide will help you to decide which method is best for cleaning your wedding dress and give you a step-by-step to follow for cleaning your dress at home.

How To Clean Your Own Wedding Dress

This method works best if there are just a couple of light stains present. So, if you’ve been lucky enough to have your wedding dress unscathed by splashes of mud, makeup, drinks, or other stains throughout the evening, you may be able to spruce up your own wedding dress at home.

To clean your own wedding dress, you’ll need:

  • A Bath
  • Stain Remover
  • Liquid Detergent
  • A Toothbrush
  1. Ensure The Bath Is Clean

Make sure that the bath is clean, disinfected, and free of any residue.

  1. Add Cleaning Materials

Follow the instructions on the stain remover and liquid detergent and add the relevant amounts to the volume of water that you add to the bath.

  1. Place Your Dress In The Bath

This part can be slightly daunting, so ensure that the water isn’t too warm or this could damage the condition of the dress. Then slowly place your dress in the baht and leave it to soak in the bathwater.

  1. Use The Toothbrush To Remove Stains

Before rinsing, use a soft bristle toothbrush to delicately remove any stains which may be on the dress.

  1. Rinse Carefully

Once left to soak and any stains removed, rinse your dress thoroughly. But be careful to avoid damaging any beads, crystals, or attachments.

professionally clean wedding dress

Where To Get Your Wedding Dress Cleaned

If your dress has more stubborn stains, or if cleaning your own wedding dress feels too daunting, then there are always professional services that can help. In this case, contacting dry cleaners to ask if they specialise in wedding dress cleaning is always a good option. You may even find that your wedding planner can give some advice on where to get your wedding dress cleaned or ask around at any wedding fayres you might attend before the big day.

How Much Does It Cost To Clean Your Wedding Dress?

In the UK, having your wedding dress professionally cleaned isn’t always the cheapest option. Prices can vary from £150 all the way up to around £400.

However, as there are now many companies offering wedding dress cleaning services, the prices are starting to slowly reduce. Many specialist wedding dress cleaning services will now also return your dress in a presentation box or case if you request this. Although this will obviously come with an additional cost, it may help to solve the issue of how to display or store your newly cleaned wedding dress.


Regardless of which option you choose, base your decision on the amount of cleaning required and how confident you are in cleaning it yourself. Either way, it is always a great idea to freshen up your wedding dress either for safekeeping or showcasing in your home.