Affordable Wedding Gown Preservation Serving Ontario
Ontario's Local Wedding Dress Preservation Specialists
Storage and Preservation Options
Once your gown is restored, it is time to consider your preservation options. Love Your Dress offers several choices; Our signature storage option is the industry leading Archival Museum Grade Preservation Kit which is widely used by textile conservators at heritage institutions worldwide, most notably the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Smithsonian Institute. A 100% natural muslin cotton cover gives a classic, elegant appearance to the container and can be monogrammed with initials, names and dates to personalize your keepsake.
Our Archival Museum Grade Preservation Kit - from our preferred vendor Time in a Box - is made from an archival polypropylene. Free from acids, lignin and dyes, our products are constructed without harmful adhesives and are able to repel the advances of mice and bugs.
The most compelling element of this material is that unlike any cardboard, it provides a stable environment inside the box which protects from moisture, humidity and harmful temperature fluctuations. Unlike acid-free cardboard, it cannot re-acidify over time. The absorption rate for our boxes is .02% over a 24 hour time frame. This is miniscule in comparison to cardboard boxes which are at a 75% rate!
Our Archival Museum Grade Preservation Kit is chemically inert, which means that it will not form chemical reactions. These reactions can cause irreversible damage to garments. This is the reason that common plastics are never recommended for the permanent storage of textiles, photographs, or any other keepsake.
A 100% cotton natural muslin liner is draped inside the box and layered with acid-free unbuffered tissue. It folds over the garment when packing is complete offering an extra measure of protection against acids, moisture and chemicals which may attempt to infiltrate from the outside environment. Acid-free unbuffered tissue is also included to fill, interleave, and wrap the garment for the purpose of filtering oxygen that naturally enters the box. The tissue absorbs the acids that have formed in the fibers of the garment over time. Illustrated instructions are included in each kit along with white cotton gloves to allow for the removal and repacking of the garment anytime.
Heirloom textiles such as wedding gowns, christening gowns, uniforms, quilts, flags and linens are often treasured for their technical, cultural and sentimental value.. During their time in use, environmental and handling factors can affect the garment's condition. Because of this, it is important to take special care to ensure its long-term preservation.
The most common storage box available on the market today for garments is an "acid-free" cardboard box. However, these boxes have different levels of archival abilities. The consumer really has no way of knowing how archival their box is. Even if a box is "acid-free" it can re-acidify over time.
Cardboard also absorbs moisture, which will promote the growth of mold and mildew within the storage chamber. Garment conservators recommend replacing these boxes periodically to ensure the proper long- term archival preservation of valuable textiles such as wedding gowns.
Another storage method is a cotton bag designed to hang a garment in. While these are made from archival materials, conservators do not recommend hanging a garment for long term storage because it can cause stress to the fabric and create distortion. These are also very wide and take up considerable space in the closet.
Our products take garment preservation back to basics. Using environmentally friendly materials, we created an archival garment storage kit that allows those sentimental items to be passed from generation to generation safely. Because our moisture resistant boxes are made from chemically inert polypropylene, they cannot create a chemical reaction that regular plastics can.
Love Your Dress offers free pick up and delivery service, on orders over $75, for wedding gown preservations in Greater Edmonton, including St. Albert, Sherwood Park, Beaumont, Fort Saskatchewan, Leduc, Spruce Grove and Stony Plain and most surrounding communities. If your city/town isn't on the list ask us if we pickup and deliver from/to your city.
Dress Preservation Pickup & Delivery Hours/Locations
Tuesdays: South Edmonton, Sherwood Park - 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
Wednesdays: North Edmonton, St. Albert - 10:00 am to 6:00 pm