First and foremost, do not bleach your wedding dress in an attempt to clean or restore it. Bleach will further weaken the strength of the original fabric (no matter what type of fabric it is), will often dissolve plastic buttons or other decorative items on the dress and simply doesn't do the job.
Now that that's out of the way, here is a step-by-step guide on how to restore a wedding dress:
Remove everything metal that is a part of the dress. Buttons,clips, hooks and pins might all be metal and should be carefully removed.
Fill an empty, clean bathtub with either lukewarm or cold water (not hot) and a gentle liquid detergent such as Woolite. Also, line the bathtub with a white sheet. Place the dress on the sheet in the water. (This is done so that the wedding dress isn't forcefully pulled in and out of the water, thus stressing the fabric).
Gently lift and lower the sheet that has the wedding dress on it. This is done so that the existing stains are loosed and the entire dress is adequately soaked. If necessary, you can soak your dress up to 24 hours or more.
If there are persistent stains still on the wedding dress, see below for spot removal tips and suggestions.
Find a way to dry your dress flat.
Using a clean iron on it's lowest heating setting, begin ironing your wedding gown. Iron the gown one layer at a time. Slowly increase the heat settings of the iron to determine what the dress can handle, but lower the heat immediately if the following occur:
Repair or replace all the metal pieces removed from step 1.
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