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Greene’s Quality Gown Preservation

 

What causes disintegration, yellowing, mildew, etc?

Sugar, salt, perspiration—all head a long list of elements that can damage your gown. Often there is no apparent stain when a garment is initially stored, only to be revealed after years of quiet damage. Sugar is not dissolved during ordinary dry cleaning and caramelizes over time into dark brown stains. Salt is also another culprit often left untouched by standard dry cleaning methods; left untreated, it will yellow and then eat the fabric.

Storing your garment in an ordinary cardboard box—or worse, a sealed cardboard box—will only further expose your garment to damage. Acid used in the paper-making process will damage your gown, and sealing the box will seal in moisture, encouraging mildew growth. Garments stored in plastic bags may be exposed to fumes that yellow the gown—and storing family gowns in the attic or basement where there are extreme changes in temperature and/or humidity will lead to problems as well.

Do not keep bridal or family gowns in plastic bags—plastic emits fumes that yellow the gown—and never store wedding or family gowns in the attic or basement where there are extreme changes in temperature and/or humidity.

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Preservation box photo

Our acid-free, museum-grade preservation boxes feature a window so you can observe your gown without breaking the seal