How to Spot Clean a Wedding Gown

by Kay Dean

A beautiful white lace gown--your wedding dress is probably the most precious garment you will ever own. You dream of how beautiful you will look in it, and you have nightmares of spilling things on it. To prepare for your wedding day, put together an emergency kit with items to spot-clean your wedding dress. Always try the easiest spot-removing method first before trying the other spot-cleaning methods.

Items you will need

  • White towel
  • Tide-to-Go stain pen
  • Shout wipe
  • Dryel stain remover and absorbent pad
  • White chalk
Step 1

Blot the stain with a white towel as soon as possible. Don't rub it, since that could force the stain deeper into the fibers or spread it wider. Get as much of the stain out.

Step 2

Treat the stain with a Tide-to-Go stain pen. Put a white towel under the stained material and rub the Tide pen across the stain.

Step 3

Use a Shout wipe on the stain. Put a white towel under the stained material and wipe with the Shout wiping cloth.

Step 4

Use a Dryel Stain Remover with one of the absorbent pads. Place the absorbent pad under the stain. Rub the tip of the Dryel stain remover over the stain, moving the pad as it gets saturated. Blot the material with a white towel to remove excess cleaning solution.

Step 5

Cover any of the remaining spot with white chalk. Rub it over the spot; it will cover the stain and not damage the material.


  • Before using anything on your dress, you should know the fabric content.
  • If you have access to extra material from your dress, test these spot-removing products on it, so you will know ahead of time if something will not work on your dress.


  • Don't wet the material with water, club soda or other fluids.
  • Don't use a blow dryer to speed drying. It can spread the fluid or leave a mark on the dress.

About the Author

After attending Hardin Simmons University, Kay Dean finished her formal education with the Institute of Children's Literature. Since 1995, Dean has written for such publications as "PB&J," Disney’s "Family Fun," "ParentLife," "Living With Teenagers" and Thomas Nelson’s NY Times bestselling "Resolve." An avid gardener for 25 years, her experience includes organic food gardening, ornamental plants, shrubs and trees, with a special love for roses.

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