A Davis Imperial Cleaners technician give a dress the white glove treatment.

If you’re the type of bride who spent half of your wedding budget on your dress, you’re probably already wondering where to take that glam gown for preservation and cleaning after the big day.

Here’s a hint: Not your corner dry cleaners. Not even close. Instead, send your dress to Davis Imperial Cleaners, which specializes in couture and designer cleaning and preservation. (Last time we were there, we saw a custom-made J. Mendel worn by a bride in Santa Barbara hanging next to a custom-made Vera from NYC. DYING!)

Located in Chicago, Davis has a state-of-the-art “clean room” where couture pros use goggles and black light to find stains and spills that can’t be seen by the naked eye. It’s those hard-to-spot stains that, over time, can ruin a dress that’s sent to a regular dry cleaner. After all, once the stains are set in, they’re nearly impossible to get out.

Or if you’re dying to wear your grandmother’s dress, but need it to be deep cleaned and de-yellowed, Davis is the place. They do vintage restoration, couture hand-cleaning and hand pressing, and will ship the dress back to anywhere in the country. (They just restored a 110-year-old dress that survived the Holocaust and is now being worn by a great-granddaughter.)

The process is simple. Go to their website, choose FabricareByMail, then print and complete the shipping form. Then just follow the instructions online. The pros at Davis will call you once they receive the dress and talk you through the process.

Like your dress, it’s worth every penny.

Davis Imperial Cleaners, 3325 W. Bryn Mawr Ave., 866.267.4560,

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