How to Clean a Yellowed Wedding Veil

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Things You'll Need

  • 4 white towels

  • Bathtub

  • Cup

  • Hot water

  • All-color powdered bleach

  • Hanger

The veil's original color should complement the dress hue.
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Wearing an heirloom veil on your wedding day is a special way to honor a loved one or to infuse a vintage vibe into your bridal look. Many times antique veils are not preserved properly and become yellowed throughout the years, detracting from an otherwise gorgeous style statement. Try cleaning tulle, illusion netting and lace at home, but take caution with certain fabrics -- silk veils and ones with satin trim or intricate details are best left to a professional dry cleaner.

Step 1

Look at the veil closely. If you notice dry or brittle spots, send the veil to a professional for cleaning. Self-cleaning could create a hole in the fabric, and satin trim is likely to wrinkle when dry.

Step 2

Read the manufacturer instructions on the bleach to determine how much to use. Fill a cup with a few tablespoons of hot water and pour the bleach into it. This helps to better dissolve the bleach once it's poured into the bathtub.

Step 3

Fill a bathtub with about 10 inches of warm water. Pour the bleach mixture into the warm water and gently mix with your hands.

Step 4

Lay a towel flat, place the veil on the towel and cover it with another towel. Place the towels and veil into the water until it reaches the bottom of the tub. Wait 20 to 30 minutes and check to see that it's whitening. Keep the veil in the tub no longer than 2 hours.

Step 5

Drain the tub and turn the faucet to cool water. Keep the veil between the two towels and rinse under the water. Wring the veil gently in between the towels. Lay the towel and veil flat in the empty tub. Remove the top towel and carefully pick up the veil.

Step 6

Place a dry towel on a flat service. Spread the veil on the towel and place another dry towel over it. Press lightly to absorb leftover moisture. After the veil dries, gently comb and arrange the veil with your fingers and hang on a plastic hanger.


Store your veil in a controlled climate after wearing it.

Wrap your veil in acid- and lignin-free tissue, and then place it in a special archival box or hang in a 100-percent cotton bag.


Refrain from dying the veil white.


Lisa Finn

Based in Los Angeles, Lisa Finn has been writing professionally for 20 years. Her print and online articles appear in magazines and websites such as "Spa Magazine," "L.A. Parent," "Business," the Famous Footwear blog and many others. She also ghostwrites for mompreneurs and business owners who appear regularly on shows such as Ricki Lake, HGTV, Carson Daly and The Today Show.