Can You Clean a Wedding Dress After 5 Years?

Wedding dress hanging on wardrobe door

After your special day, there’s plenty to do, such as going on a honeymoon or just starting married life! Therefore, it is understandable that some tasks can get overlooked, such as having your wedding dress cleaned.

However, getting your wedding dress professionally cleaned and preserved allows you to keep it as a treasured memento in a condition that brings back happy memories of your wedding day.

Of course, there is a difference between putting off the dress cleaning until after the honeymoon and leaving it in the cupboard for a few years, so can you still clean a wedding dress after 5 years or more?

Can you clean a wedding dress after 5 years?

The good news is – yes, you absolutely can still have your wedding dress professionally cleaned after 5 years. In fact, you can clean a wedding dress at any point after a wedding, although it is best to do it sooner rather than later as any stains can set in and may be harder to remove. Also, the dress is likely to fade or even discolour over time if it has not been stored carefully.

Who can clean a wedding dress after 5 years?

Professional wedding dress cleaners, such as us here at Confetti, are highly skilled in this area and can successfully clean wedding dresses that have been left for many years. However, it is important to note that traditional dry cleaners are not suitable for wedding dress cleaning even if it is the day after the wedding, let alone after 5 years. Attempting to clean the dress yourself with a DIY kit is definitely not advised either!

Professionals will be able to achieve the best possible result without causing damage to your dress, as they use tried and tested cleaning methods and solutions. They know that each dress is unique, made from different materials with different embellishments, and a one-size-fits-all approach won’t suffice.

How effective is wedding dress cleaning on a 5-year-old dress?

While it may not be possible to restore the wedding dress to the exact condition it was bought in after a longer period of time, it is certainly possible to make significant improvements and then preserve the dress for the future.

The cleaning process should get rid of any yellowing and staining that has occurred with age, and if you choose a wedding dress cleaning company that also does repairs, then you can also fix any tears or detached embellishments.

Do you want to preserve your dress?

If you want to keep your dress as a memento, or even pass it on one day, cleaning alone won’t be enough – you will also need to have the dress preserved. If your wedding dress is five years old or more and you are looking to have it preserved – it is important to first get it professionally cleaned and restored so that it is looking its best.

If your wedding dress has been waiting in the back of the wardrobe for 5 years, it’s good to know that it’s not too late to get it cleaned and preserved! 

If you have a wedding dress that needs cleaning, even if it has been 5 years or more, please get in touch, we’ll be happy to help.