I need to clean my dress and I have been reading up on a few people who have risked the washing machine and got really good results.
Has anyone else tried it? if so what kind of material dress did you have? xx
I only put dry clean clothes in the washer if I won't be gutted if they come out damaged!
Personally, I wouldn't risk it- if the dress has any kind of beading or lace it's likely to snag/ come away, even if you pop it inside a duvet cover or something.
However, if the fabric is mainly taffeta (polyester, not silk) you might get away with it...
I have heard of people hand-washing their wedding dresses (with a small amount of detergent) in the bath, which I think is much less high-risk. If you do go for this option I think it would be wise to just spot-clean the dress rather than completely submerge it: it's usually only the bottom of wedding dresses that get dirty anyway, and if there's a small mark or two anywhere else you could try to get rid of it by (cautiously) using baby wipes xx
Just to add, if you're thinking of selling the dress I think it's only fair to get it dry-cleaned properly, or else sell it as-is at a price that reflects that xx
Spoke to my bridal shop about this and she said put it in the washer. Dont think iam brave enough as iam wearing mine twice.
hmmm I think I will have a go at the bottom in the bath and then see what it dries like.... if its ok I will do the whole lot in the washer. I am not selling my dress as I am a very sentimental person and just the thought of it makes me want to cry.... who knows maybe one day I will have granddaughters or great granddaughters.... Thanks everyone, I am still as nervous as ever but I am going to take a chance, Its plain heavy fabric so fingers crossed.