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    Default Getting the wrinkles out of a silk Dress

    I just bought a silk dress to wear to a wedding on Saturday. It's pretty wrinkled. I am sure I can probably take it to the dry cleaners and have them steam it but I was wondering if there is any way to get the wrinkles out myself. I don't own a steamer so that is not an option. I am afraid to iron it because it's so delicate. My co-worker suggested I hang it in the bathroom with the hot shower on. I have never tried it but I didn't really think that worked. Has anyone done this or do you have any other suggestions.

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    Is it wrinkled or really heavily creased (as in fold marks)? For lightweight fabrics that are generally wrinkled, I do the hang-in-the-bathroom trick a day or so beforehand, to give the wrinkles enough time to fall out completely. If it's too wrinkled for that, I'll also use a warm iron, but obviously you have to be very careful with that.
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    Sometimes the shower thing works, but for $7-12 I'd take it to the dry cleaners .

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    The shower never works for me. But if you have a steam setting on your iron, you can use it as a steamer. Basically hang the dress up, and hold the iron upright in front of it while pressing the steam blaster button. It works really well.
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    Thanks for the suggestions girls. I don't have a problem taking it to the drycleaners but the wedding is tomorrow and I am still deciding between two dresses. I think I might just break down and buy a steamer.

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    The shower thing never works for me either. I'd use my iron on a silk setting and press it, unless it was heavily beaded.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tlew12778 View Post
    The shower never works for me. But if you have a steam setting on your iron, you can use it as a steamer. Basically hang the dress up, and hold the iron upright in front of it while pressing the steam blaster button. It works really well.
    This is what I do. The shower trick has never worked for me, but a quick steam with my iron does.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tlew12778 View Post
    But if you have a steam setting on your iron, you can use it as a steamer. Basically hang the dress up, and hold the iron upright in front of it while pressing the steam blaster button. It works really well.
    That's so cool -- I never thought of using my iron as a steamer, but it seems so obvious!
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    The shower worked for me on my wedding veil, but I don't think I've tried anything of a heavier weight. I'm lazy, so I'd just take it to the cleaners and have it steamed.

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    Just a word of caution if you use your iron as a steamer (and you don't usually use the steam function)--you might want to "test" it first to make sure there is no dirt/rust/other gunk that comes out. This is probably b/c I almost never use my iron , but I ruined a shirt b/c the "steam" was dirty (I think rust, but I'm not sure).

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