It doesn't matter if it happens on the morning of the Wedding (although that would be infinitely worse in my book) or three weeks later, as you carefully put your dress back in its packaging to await its fate over the coming years.
Your daughter may wear your dress in years to come for example. So what do you do when your pride and joy gets stained? Below are some of the best-known stains as well as the best-known remedies. I hope they save some untold anguish!
Red Wine Stain
First, gently dab at the stain with a clean white cloth. Then pour water or club soda onto the cloth, and dab some more. Whatever you do, do not rub! Keep dabbing with clean parts of the cloth until it seems like most of the stain has come out. Use chalk or talcum powder to disguise anything that WILL NOT come out. Believe it or not, boiling milk has also been known to work on white and red wine stains! Lastly, be careful with that glass!
Use dull knife to scrape off as much wax as possible. Place fabric between two blotters or facial tissues and press with warm iron. Remove color stains with non-flammable dry cleaning solvent. Wash with detergent in the hottest water safe for fabric.
Oily Food Stain
Sprinkle talcum powder liberally over the stain on your wedding dress. Wait about ten minutes, then shake the excess off. Fingers crossed!
Rub area with ice, then scrape off with dull blade. Sponge with dry cleaning solvent; allow to air dry. If possible get your dress dry cleaned by the professionals! If you cannot...Try egg white. That's said to remove chewing gum from anything. Rub the egg white on the gum and it will remove it from cloth, hair or hands without leaving a spot. Chewing gum may be removed from different some materials by soaking them in turpentine.
The solution to getting ink out is hair spray, believe it or not! Test the hair spray out on a discreet portion of your wedding dress – perhaps the inside of the hem – before using it on the stain, as hairspray may mark the fabric. Put a cloth behind the fabric, and then spray the ink stain lightly. Wait five minutes, then dab gently with a damp cloth.
The best solution is to try to cover the stain with baking soda or talcum powder. You can also try using a solvent such as dry cleaning fluid or cigarette lighter fluid, but be aware that such solvents frequently discolor fabric. Be sure to test it on an unseen portion of the wedding dress first.
If the blood is still wet, moisten a cotton swab with your own saliva (or the saliva of the person whose blood it is), then gently rub it over the stain. It should come out. If it's dry, or nearly dry, dab the blood stain gently with very cold water on a white washcloth. Hold the cloth on the spot and see if blood breaks down and comes out. If that doesn't work, see if there is a first aid kit nearby with hydrogen peroxide, and dilute it (one part to nine parts water). Careful, hydrogen peroxide can bleach fabrics. Use the diluted solution to gently dab at the stain. When it starts to break down, go back to plain cold water. Use chalk or talcum powder to disguise anything that doesn't come out.
When your wedding dress is stained before the wedding:
Immediately take it to a high-quality dry cleaner