• Use acid-free tissue between the folds of the dress and in the bodice. This will prevent wrinkles and folds.
• Remove shoulder pads or anything else made with foam. Foam deteriorates over time and will damage anything next to it.
• Remove plastic or metal buttons, buckles or pins.
• Wrap your gown in muslin.
• Store your gown in a cool, dark place.
• Keep your gown away from light.
• Occasionally take your gown out for inspection. Stains can sometimes show up days or weeks later.
• Ask to see the dress before it is packed for storage. That way, you can make sure all the stains have been removed.
• Pack your gown near mothballs.
• Store your gown in a plastic bag. The chemicals released when plastic breaks down can destroy your gown.
• Store your gown in a hot or a damp room.
• Hang your gown for long term storage, especially by the shoulder seams. They can sag and stretch.
• Completely seal the box. Allow some air to circulate.