I look for any excuse to purchase a new dress, and a new dress for a New Year’s Eve party is an absolute must. The things I love about New Year’s Eve dresses – specialty fabrics, sequins, embellishments -- are the things that make them so difficult to care for. In thinking about where we will wear our party dresses – a crowded gathering that includes food, drinks, and dancing – it is likely that a spill will occur, and the last thing you want is for something like that to put a damper on your evening. So Shores has put together a few tips to help little mishaps not turn into catastrophes.
- If you’ve not yet purchased your dress, consider purchasing one made of synthetic fibers (say polyester) instead of one made of natural fibers (say silk). Water-based stains like beer and wine stand a better chance of coming out of synthetic fibers.
- Make sure you know what fabric your dress is made of; this will tell you whether you can perform an emergency do-it-yourself treatment. If your dress is silk, then leave the spill be. Anything you try to use on silk to remove a stain will more than likely leave a ring.
- No matter what, never rub a stain. Instead, gently blot the area with a dry, clean white cloth or napkin. Rubbing will cause the components to go deeper into the fabric’s fibers, will make the stain larger, and many times make it more difficult to remove.
- For water-based stains from things like coffee and tea, simply blot the area with a clean, white cloth and let it dry. It should come out when it is cleaned per the care label’s instructions.
- Use water and club soda sparingly on spills, and never use either on oily spills from things like greasy foods, salad dressings, and makeup. Water and club soda can cause stains to spread and dyes to sometimes bleed. Simply blot the area and then let it be. Oily stains are easily removed during the dry cleaning process.
- If you carry a stain remover pen in your purse, make sure you know what fabric your dress is made of before using it. While these many times work safely on washable clothing, they should not be used on dry clean-only clothing or certain fabrics.
As with any garment, we recommend you deal with any stains and spills as soon as possible. The longer you wait, the harder it will be to remove. If you are dropping the dress off at Shores, be sure to point out the stain and let us know what it is. We’ve also mentioned many times about not putting garments away without first being cleaned. This is especially true with a party dress. Even if you didn’t notice, it is likely that something was dribbled or brushed on it somewhere, plus it probably has a bit of perspiration on it if you enjoyed a little dancing.