Christening Gowns & Children’s Clothing
By Orange Restoration Labs
Preserve Precious Children’s Memories
Preserve and restore your children’s precious clothing to last a lifetime with Orange Restoration Labs. Our highly trained team can expertly remove sugar stains, oxidation, and other stains and then preserve the garment in a museum quality chest. Perfect for christening gowns, communion dresses, and other heirloom children’s pieces, your children’s clothing will be handed with expert care with Orange Restoration Labs.
Christening Gown Restoration
Trust us to remove stains by hand and protect your christening gown or communion dress throughout our MuseumCareTM ZeroCarbonTM cleaning process according to the highest standards. No matter whether your family’s christening gown is a nineteenth-century treasure or the one you wore yourself, we can safely remove yellow stains and discoloration so that it is fresh and bright for your event. You inspect your family gown or suit after it is cleaned. Then, while you wait, we carefully layer your garment with acid-free tissue as we fold it into a completely acid-free wedding chest. Written international guarantee that your christening gown will not be yellow or have caramelized sugar stains. Pressing at no charge by any member of the Association of Wedding Gown Specialists.
Exposure to air and light causes oxidation, and when fabric oxidizes, it turns yellow. Different types of fibers oxidize at different rates of speed. For example, cotton discolors more quickly than other fibers, but over a long period of time the different fibers may all oxidize to the same hue. As a result, a vintage christening gown that appears yellow or even brown throughout may, when restored, turn out to be a pale yellow or pink silk christening gown trimmed with white cotton lace. Still other factors that yellow gowns are excessive heat in the attic where the vintage wedding gown was stored and fumes from the plastic bag or container in which the christening gown was stored. Dry cleaning does not remove oxidation, but our restoration process does, and we can return a vintage christening gown to the true color. Oxidation is often not as evident in colored fabric, but it, too, oxidizes, and colors may also be restored.
Caramelized Sugar Stains
Vintage baby gowns often have yellow or dark brown stains that are usually stains from milk or baby formula that dried clear and were not visible when you put the gown away for the next use. Or you had the christening gown cleaned, but the cleaner did not realize sugar content does not dissolve in dry cleaning solvent. Over time the sugar content turns yellow and eventually dark brown. Much like oxidation, dry cleaning does not remove caramelized sugar stains, but our restoration process does.