How to clean an old wedding veil

Written by amanda long | 13/05/2017
How to clean an old wedding veil
Clean yellowed wedding veils using bleach. (Brides Veil image by Kevin Cooke from

A wedding veil is a keepsake that brides can hand down to friends or future generations. Veil fabric is often made from tulle, netting or lace and is very delicate. If you have been given a old veil to wear, you will want to clean it before use. If the veil is in good shape, you can do this at home without the expense of taking it to a professional.

Lay the veil flat, and examine it for rips or tears. If you think washing it by hand will cause damage to the veil, it is best to take it to a professional to have it cleaned. If your veil is strong enough to withstand hand-washing, you may proceed with cleaning it from home.

Prepare your water for cleaning the veil. Fill your bathtub or a large tub with warm water, and add bleach. When hand-washing, Clorox recommends you add 1/4 cup of bleach per gallon of water you use.

Lay the towels out flat. Place your veil on top of one towel, and use the other towel to cover the veil. Fold all edges that remain outside of the towels in so that none of the veil is showing outside of the towels.

Immerse the towels, with the veil inside, into the water. The towels are there to protect the veil from tearing if it is extremely fragile. recommends soaking the towel-wrapped veil anywhere from 20 minutes to two hours. Check the veil every 20 to 30 minutes for whiteness.

Remove from water once the desired whiteness is achieved. Gently wring out the towels with the veil inside, and lay them out flat. Dab the veil with a dry towel to remove excess water. Allow to dry completely while laying flat. Once dry, hang the veil to prevent wrinkling.

Things you need

  • Veil
  • Large tub or bathtub
  • Water
  • Bleach, colour-safe
  • 2 white towels

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