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Storing A Dress

pal | Posted in General Discussion on

I want to know about storing white clothing in a wood box. We picked my wife’s wedding dress from the cleaner last week and the cleaner wanted to sell us a cardboard box made from acid free paper for $60 that is supposed to keep the dress from turning yellow. What should I know about choosing the correct wood, finishing etc. to properly preserve the dress?

Thank you.


  1. BYDEZINE | | #1

    you will still need to line the box, the fabric should not be agst the raw wood. you can buy acid free paper or use 100% cotton muslin to line the box.

    to preserve the gown, $60 might be worth it.

  2. bunwad | | #2

    Definitely worth it, especially if its white silk. Acids from wood and regular paper will yellow or even brown it.

    Learned the hard way....

    1. Kauffman1 | | #3

      If you really want to keep the dress, have it cleaned and preserved.  The $60 should include the cleaning which is worth it self.  The only thing a cedar chest is going to do is keep the sun out and the bugs.  It has to be kept in acid free paper.

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