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How To Store (& Preserve) a Wedding Dress Long-Term

19th March 2024

A photo of a wedding dress as seen through a mirror
A little bit more consideration needs to go into storing important items such as a wedding dress – especially over everyday items such as socks, jeans and t-shirts.

When it comes to wedding dresses, it’s about safeguarding memories. Below are some tips on what to consider when storing your wedding dress at home.

1. Clean before you store

Have your dress professionally cleaned to remove any stains or spills. Invisible marks can oxidize and become permanent over time. Make sure you choose the right container by avoiding plastic bags which can trap moisture. Opt for an acid-free, archival-quality box, or a breathable garment bag for long-term storage.

2. Use acid-free tissue

Line your storage box with acid-free tissue paper and gently fold the dress, placing more tissue between the folds to prevent creasing.

3. Avoid hangers

Hanging can cause stress to the fabric over time, especially for heavy gowns. If you must hang it, use a padded hanger and support the weight of the dress with the loops inside the gown.

4. Control the climate

Store the dress in a cool, dry place. Attics and basements can be prone to temperature fluctuations and humidity, which can damage the fabric. Keep out of sunlight, too. Sunlight can fade and weaken the fabric. Store your dress in a dark place or cover the box or garment bag with a dark cloth.

5. Check periodically

Inspect your dress annually for any signs of damage or deterioration, and refold it to prevent permanent creases.

By following these steps, you can ensure your wedding dress remains a cherished keepsake, protected from the elements and the passage of time.

If you’re in need of storage and you’re based in or near Cardiff in South Wales, then why not consider Easystore Self Storage? With storage units in Cardiff – just off Newport Road – we offer 24/7 access, top-of-the-line security, and free contents insurance is included. Plus a bunch more perks, which you can see here. Contact us today or use our quote form.

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Author: Brendan

Brendan is the owner of Easystore Self Storage in Cardiff.

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