Welcome to Life with LeNique! Today we are talking about how to wash your dress at home after the competition. This will be the first in a series of tutorials to show you how to wash dresses with different fabrics and different cuts. Today we will be washing a Latin dress with fringe.
First, you need to prep your dress. Make sure you un-pic the cups from the seam.
Have a tub of warm water ready, NOT HOT water.
Have lots of towels ready. a hairdryer ready.
Apply some dish washing detergent to the water. Not too much. Don’t want to make it a bubble bath.
BE SURE THAT THE DRESS OR COSTUME WASHABLE AND NOT DRY CLEAN ONLY.
Wash the Dress
Dip the dress in the water
Focus on the bottom of the fringe near the skirt.
Make your way to the body suit and with another small towel scrub off the tan stains.
Do not leave the dress in the water too long because it can reactivate the glue for where the rhinestones are.
When you are finished gently squeeze the excess water out of the dress. DO NOT TWIST!
Rinse the Dress and pat Dry
Replace the water and rinse the dress.
Keep moving the dress in the water. Don't let it soak.
Once you feel the soap is out of the fabric the dress ready to be taken out of the water.
Gently squeeze the excess water out of the dress. Again, DO NOT TWIST the dress.
Gently pat the dress dry with a towel like you would if you dry your hair.
Dry the Dress
Lay your dress flat and turn the hair dryer on high.
This can take 20 to half and hour to dry the dress. Depends on how much fringe you have.
Focus more on the inside of the dress or bodysuit because it will typically be wetter.
Lastly, shake the dress and lay it on a dry towel and spread the fringe. It should be fully dry in the morning.
Lena Kosovich is a United States and World American Ballroom Champion. She was born in Russia and has trained in ballet, folk and every style of ballroom dancing. She is featured on theBenise: The Spanish Guitar (2010) DVD and has appeared on television including Dancing With the Stars.