Your child's big day has passed, and you want to keep this very special dress for later generations. The best thing you can do is properly store this monumental family garment. The following simple guide should help you do just that.
Take The Dress To The Cleaners
One of the most important things to do is to have the dress professionally cleaned as soon as possible. This is because there are food particles, dirt, and oil stains that are sometimes naked to the eye. Some of these particles or stains could contain acids that could discolor your beautiful dress over time, especially in storage. Not to mention that they may—depending on the source—attract insects to the dress and many insects can feed on natural fibers.
You want to stay away from plastic holders because plastic traps moisture. Moisture can attract insects and also create the perfect environment for mildew or mold.
Look for a box large enough to fix your dress without folding it much, and make sure the box is acid-free. You should also purchase garment, acid-free tissue paper. You want to place these pieces of tissue in between any folds make. This is to make the folds gentler and avoid creases. Make sure that you place tissue pieces around any of the ornaments on the dress. Some communion dresses have pearls and other ornaments. These ornaments could hook on to the delicate fibers of the dress while in storage and cause damage.
The Right Storage Unit
The last thing you want to worry about is the storage unit that you choose. You want to store your dress in a place that receives no sunlight, which could discolor your dress. And you also want to make sure the storage unit has an air controlled environment. This is to control the humidity level inside the storage location. Humidity can attract insects and does carry moisture, which could put your dress in danger of mildew or mold.
You should also know that keeping your first communion dress in cool environment may also protect you from insects because some of them do not like cold temperatures.
The ideal temperature is 75 degrees, so talk to your storage specialist about making sure your storage unit is cool enough for your dress.
As you can see, taking care of this precious piece of your family's history just takes a little care and the right storage facility (facilities such as Controlled Storage Systems).Share
12 May 2015
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