How to Care Ballroom Dresses
Rule Number 1: Prevent as much damage and odor as possible before you put your costume on!
- Spray Tan, while making you look beautiful on the floor, will ruin your dress! Spray tan is difficult to wash out and will significantly reduce the re-sale value of any costume
- Make 100% sure that your spray tan is completely dry before you put on your costume
- Use a hair dryer on your body if you have to, but do not risk ruining your costume unnecessarily
- Use a waterproof version of spray tan
- Sweat and odor is your second enemy. Odor on your dresses is caused by bacteria, and hand sanitizer actually works much better than deodorant to protect against odor
- Tip: Use both! Apply the hand sanitizer first then a clear type of stick deodorant or a deodorant spray – especially if dress has sleeves
- Pack it! Keep hand sanitizer in your dance bag to freshen up between heats
Rule Number 2: Start prevention of damage from body oil and sweat, as soon as your take costume off!
- Spray costume with anti-bacterial fabric freshener such as Febreze or Laundress, or just use vodka in a spray bottle. Yes, VODKA! Vodka or any clear pure alcohol kills odor causing bacteria but vodka leaves the least after-smell. Note you may need to use more vodka than fabric freshener to get the same effect.
- Hand wash the body suit in the sink using Woolite or similar delicate laundry detergent
- Wipe off the arm holes to avoid deodorant stains and odor
- Leave bodysuit spread apart from the dress as much as possible while drying
- Pack it! Pack a small spray bottle of fabric freshener in your dance bag to use as soon as you take it off!