How To Steam a Wedding Dress

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Wrinkles and creases in wedding gowns are common. As wedding gowns are usually stored in boxes when delivered, creases are inevitable. Now if you are a bride who has been waiting for the big day with much apprehension, just a small furrow on your gown can send you to your wits' end. Well, do not fret because there is a remedy - steam press. Here are tips on how to steam a wedding dress and make it look eternally flawless:

  1. Hang the wedding gown as soon as it is delivered to your door to avoid more creases from forming. Put it in a safe corner of your room. If you have a mannequin, wear it on the dummy so the creases will stretch out. Let it stay there for a while. This is also a good time to air the gown before you put it on for the actual wedding ceremonies.
  2. Take out the tag from the dress. Read the care instructions carefully. Wedding dresses generally come with iron care instructions. Because wedding dress fabrics are very delicate and soft, you should follow the iron setting as recommended in the instruction tag.
  3. Do not attempt to use a regular flat iron if you do not know how to handle it. At this point in your wedding preparation, you cannot afford to burn your wedding dress! Flat irons are very hot and when they touch the fabrics directly, you run the risk of burning your dress.
  4. Work from the inside part of the dress. The inner lining of the dress is ordinarily made of satin or taffeta. These cloth materials are not as delicate as crepe or sheer silk with which the outer part of the garment is made of.
  5. Next, place the wedding dress in the bathroom. Hang it on a high hook, making sure the hemline does not touch the bathroom floor.
  6. Turn on the shower heater to medium. Blend the temperature of the water until you get the right heat you need to steam the dress.
  7. Unhook the shower head. Wrap a small cloth around it to contain the heat inside (in order for steam to form) and to control or hold up the water while you do the steaming so as not to drench the dress.
  8. Wait for the steam to let out from the shower head. This usually happens when the heat has built up inside the wrapped cloth. Next, run the steaming shower head on the dress, taking care that it does not touch the fabric. Maintain two inches distance between the steamer and the dress. Start steaming from the top of the dress going down to the hemline. The hot steam will erase the creases and wrinkles in just a few minutes. Repeat the procedure until all wrinkles have disappeared.
  9. If the creases are very deep, adjust the heat of the steamer to high.

Since you and your wedding dress will be the center of attraction during the wedding, make sure your dress is without any trace of crumpled spots. If you worry that you might not be able to steam your wedding dress the right way, bring it to a professional cleaner who specializes in caring for wedding dresses and evening gowns.


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