Gown Preservation

It is possible to preserve your wedding gown so it can be worn by generations of brides.


Museum conservators expect to extend the lifetime of textiles for 200 years by storing in an acid-free Heirloom Preservation Storage Box, acid-free tissue and a cotton muslin liner.  This Heirloom preservation process is used by The Smithsonian Institution and was used to preserve John F. Kennedy’s inaugural suit.


Peninou uses this same Heirloom Preservation process after we expertly clean and hand finish your gown with care.


Prior to cleaning, your gown is thoroughly inspected using our “State-of-the-Art” interactive video inspection system which helps identify stains, soils, snags, tears, abnormal wear, age, oxidation, etc.  Beads and trims are tested for their ability to be cleaned.


After an eventful day it is very common for your wedding gown to be in need of some type of repair. Loose beads, torn seams and loose or missing buttons are very common.  We can repair all these common mishaps you may encounter.


Your gown is carefully hand cleaned and expertly pre-treated as required, attempting to restore the gown to its original like-new condition. Rinsing is performed in gentle virgin solutions restoring the brilliant luster of the fabric. The gown is thoroughly re-inspected and additional stain removal is performed if necessary.


Expert hand finishing follows with extreme care to restore the designer’s lines and drapes.


After your wedding we offer two forms of packaging.  The first is a Museum Quality Preservation process.  Using white gloves, the gown is carefully wrapped in a sterile cotton muslin liner and placed in a Museum Quality Heirloom Preservation Storage Box.  The entire storage box is then inserted into a custom fitted muslin cover which keeps the box clean and allows for maximum breathability.


Our second option of packaging is on a hanger. This is our second best method of storing a gown, but does not offer the preservation qualities of our Museum Quality Heirloom Preservation.  The gown is placed on a bodice form hanger and stuffed with acid free tissue to preserve the shape.  The gown is then placed inside our custom hanging breathable storage bag which protects the gown from dust, moths, and insects while allowing the gown to breathe. 


At Peninou we stand behind our work every step of the way.  If for some reason you are not satisfied with the cleaning or pressing of your gown we will review your gown and re-clean or repress if necessary.


We also guarantee our bridal gown preservation when stored in proper conditions (refer to our FAQ’s on how to store your gown).  Our museum quality preservation preserves your gown from yellowing, mildewing, caramelized stains, and insects for an estimated 200 years.


Q: How much is it to clean a wedding gown?
A: The price to clean a wedding gown depends on the gown itself. Each gown is evaluated by our technician prior to cleaning.  Once evaluated, we call you with an explanation of the process and what the exact charge will be. When determining price we take into consideration how soiled the dress is, how fancy it is, such as heavy beading, lace etc, and how long the train is, special folds and ruffles etc that require additional time for hand ironing.
Q: Why is it so expensive to clean wedding gowns?
A: Each dress is processed individually by our wedding gown technician. Our technician does the stain removal completely by hand, this includes all hemline soil and any stains throughout the dress. The dress is then put in a cleaning cycle to be rinsed, by itself, with fresh solvent. Most cleaners do not use fresh solvent each time as it is very costly, therefore whites turn grey and dingy, this is due to dirty solvent. We only use fresh clean solvent. The dress is then completely hand ironed. The entire process of cleaning, pre-spotting and pressing wedding gowns is very labor intense.
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