With JEEVES Special Clothes Service, 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 . These are the basics of the heirloom system we use after your gown has been expertly cleaned and hand finished with care. But the benefits don’t stop there.
- Only archival quality products
- Proprietary stain removal techniques
- You can periodically open and inspect
- We’re the cleaner the salons and designers use
Over the years, and with the experience of cleaning thousands of gowns, we have developed proprietary gentle soaking procedures to safely remove stains even from silk satin gowns. Few preservationists are capable of matching our stain removal successes. Here is an overview of our cleaning and preservation procedure.
- Inspect thoroughly for stains, wear, age and oxidation. Use a SpectraLight to help identify currently invisible stains. Test the beads and trim for serviceability.
- Tighten or replace beading and repair as needed.
- Hand clean using gentle proprietary soaking prcedures.
- Rinse in a virgin solvent for a brief period to remove all cleaning agents.
- Inspect thoroughly for stains and latent sugars.
- Post cleaning stain removal if needed.
- Tighten beading and seams as required. Replace any missing ornamentation.
- Hand finish the gown with extreme care to respect the designer’s lines and drape.
- Customer Inspection of the gown prior to boxing, if desired.
- Package in a clean room in an (archival-quality) box with acid-free tissue and an unbleached cotton muslin liner (by request).
Completely archival, our storage box and tissue are acid-free, sulfer and lignin-free, and buffered to remain acid-free. Just because a product (like cardboard) is described as acid-free that does not mean it will remain acid-free. Only true archival-quality products are guaranteed to remain acid free.
The desized, unbleached, and washed cotton muslin liner serves as a fabric filter and blotter which helps keep any moisture away from the gown.
This is not the lesser quality more typical sealed box method. The materials JEEVES utilizes are truly archival and not sealed. Museum conservators recommend the unsealed Museum Box Storage method over the sealed box method. The sealed box method uses a seal to stabilize the cardboard box that is not of archival quality. Even though most boxes these days are acid-free, they are not of archival quality and contain sulfer and ligin that will eventually turn acidic once exposed to moisture and air. All materials JEEVES uses are truely archival in nature.
Store your boxed gown in a cupboard or closet in the main section of the house, preferably in a place where it will be left undisturbed. A guestroom or spare room closet is ideal. Don’t store your gown in the attic, basement, on a cement slab, or in a closet that contains an outside wall. Fluctuations in temperature and humidity can result in damage to the gown. If at all possible, it is best to store the box flat to prevent shifting of the gown during storage. If it is necessary to store the box on end there is adequate tissue to support the gown from bunching up at the box bottom.
We suggest that you store your gown in a cool, dark, dry location. Check it every two or three years and refold it to prevent permanent creases, but otherwise keep handling to a minimum. Because oils from your skin can damage the preservation, we always include a pair of white gloves to use whenever you handle your gown.
( JEEVES Central Processing Unit – Jakarta Indonesia )