Pomp and Circumstance: 7 Tips for Keeping Your Graduation Gown Pristine

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Graduation day is a monumental occasion, a celebration of how far you’ve come in life and the exciting milestones yet to come. It’s important to look your best on graduation day so you can feel and look confident in every photo taken. Your graduation gown is a primary part of your look on the big day. If you need tips and tricks for how to prepare and care for your graduation gown, OXXO Cleaners That Care is here to assist. We’ll outline seven ways to keep your graduation gown pristine and ready.

Preparation Before Graduation Day

It’s important to take steps to protect and prepare your gown prior to graduation day. This includes:

1. Proper storage. Always store the gown in a cool, dry place. Hang it in a bag to prevent wrinkles, using a garment bag that’s tightly sealed and free from dust and dirt.

2. Inspect the graduation gown for wrinkles and creases. If you do notice any wrinkles, remove them prior to the big day, using either a steamer or an ironer on low setting.

Always follow the care label instructions on your gown and use heat sparingly. Most graduation gowns are thin and easy to damage.

On the Day of Graduation

On graduation day, the last thing you want to worry about is how your gown is going to look. Implement these tips to keep your gown looking fantastic.

3: Avoid eating and drinking while wearing the gown. It’s easy to stain a graduation gown, so minimize food and beverage consumption. If possible, remove the gown before eating to prevent any accidents. If you do spill something on the gown, brush away any excess before gently blotting away the residue to prevent staining.

4: Handle with clean hands. Always wash your hands before handling your gown to prevent the transfer of oils and dirt. 

5: Use a lint roller. Keep a lint roller on hand to quickly remove dust, dirt, and hair from the gown. You can purchase a miniature lint roller to keep in your pocket for light touch ups just before the ceremony.

If you have a friend or family member with you, consider asking them to assist with the transportation and care of your gown. You’ll likely be very busy on the day of the ceremony, so having an extra set of hands to help out could be beneficial.

After the Ceremony

Post-ceremony, there will be a flurry of activity. However, take some time to clean and store your gown in the days following graduation so you can preserve those memories for a lifetime.

6: Cleaning the gown. Check the care label for cleaning instructions and proceed accordingly. In general, professional dry cleaning services are the best approach, since they can treat your gown with care and delicacy all while removing any tough stains. If you need to spot-clean your gown, be sure the stain remover of your choice is safe for the fabric and blot away any excess residue before treatment.

7: Proper storage post-ceremony. If you’re planning on keeping your gown as a memento, always store it in a garment bag in a cool, dry place. Ensure the bag is tightly closed and that no dirt or residue is anywhere on or inside the bag.

You can also consider preservation services for your gown. Preserving your gown professionally means it will stay in mint condition for years to come.

OXXO Cleaners That Care Provides Graduation Gown Care and Assistance

A graduation gown is a symbol of your hard work and determination. With some TLC, along with prompt treatment for stains and thoughtful dry cleaning services, your graduation gown can stay well-preserved long after you’ve left the stage. For assistance taking care of your special garments and home fabrics, OXXO Cleaners That Care is here to help. We provide top-quality dry cleaning services. Contact us to learn more about our services and feel free to share your own tips and tricks for graduation gown care and storage.

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