A Precious Possession

Your wedding gown is one of your most precious possessions. It is a symbol of one of the most important events in your lifetime, and should be treated with special care. Whether you are borrowing it from a relative or buying it new, your gown deserves professional attention.

The key to beautifully cleaning and preserving your gown is to begin the process as soon as possible. Stains will not have time to set and/or oxidize, which can make it much more difficult to achieve complete stain removal.

Cotty's uses only acid free boxes, tissue and body forms. Your gown will be packed in a wedding chest that can be opened whenever you so choose.
The Preservation Process


All gowns are thoroughly inspected and a written evaluation report is completed and discussed with each client. Notes are made regarding fabric construction, existing damage, and stain identification. Proposed remedies and potential results are detailed.

We Do the Cleaning

Many drycleaners accept wedding gowns for cleaning, restoration and preservation but perhaps because of lack of technical skills and/or experience do not do the work themselves. Unfortunately your gown is sent off site and the company you entrusted with your gown is in fact not the company that performs the work!  Cotty's  state of the art Plant does all the restoration work on site.

Hand Cleaned

We hand treat and clean each gown individually—never in combination with other dresses. We take every precaution to protect delicate beads, embroidery, and lace during the cleaning process.

Spills containing sugar, salt, and acid usually dry clear and cannot be seen. These latent stains do not dissolve during the ordinary dry cleaning process and can turn an ugly brown over time.

Finished By Hand

Your gown is gently and completely hand pressed to perfection. This is the phase of the procedure where extreme care must be taken to follow the designer’s line and drape. Their creative designs as well as their unique and beautiful laces, embroideries, appliqués, pearls, beads, and sequins demand a degree of hand finishing that only truly dedicated artisans have the skill and knowledge to provide We treat every Gown as it was one of our own family heirlooms.

Environmental Preservation

Vacuum or plastic seals and other acidic materials will damage gowns over time. Your finished gown is placed in a 100% acid free archive box. We use special archival quality acid free tissue paper which is then placed in all the folds of your gown to buffer any potential wrinkles.

Your Wedding Gown Specialist box is then closed, and gently slipped into a Treasured Memories muslin sleeve. We advise our clients to open their wedding chest every year and let air circulate around their gown.
Cotty's is your #1 source for professional Dry Cleaning in Barrie, Orillia and surrounding areas.  
Barrie Locations: 331 Bayfield St. ---- 565 Younge St. ---- 420 Essa Rd                                                  Orillia Location: 7 Colborne St.
Pardon us while we cover our bases.  At participating locations. Confirm at individual location for available services. "In by 9, Out by 5" Next day service. Currently serving the Barrie Orillia and Surrounding areas.  **Credit Card Required, see store for complete details.

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