How To Wash Sequin Dress So You Never Have To Spend Money At The Cleaners

Bling, sparkle, countdown and champagne! We are so close to the New Year….Can you believe it? Have you decided what you’re going to wear for New Year’s Eve party? Learn how to wash a sequin dress so that you can have it ready for the holiday parties this season.

We already know sequins dresses are a total hit for the holidays, but the whole reason they are so popular is to shine on New Year’s Eve! Gathered together here are the best, simple and easy ways to clean sequins dresses.

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Brief History About Sequins

Before we move on to simple and easy ways to clean sequins dresses, let’s quickly go over the origin of your favorite trends; and what makes us wear them all the more with gratitude. According to Smithsonian magazine, King Tut (1341 to 1323 B.C) when his tomb was discovered in 1922, his garments were covered in “gold sequins-like disks”.

The sequins, usually made of gold or other precious metals sewn on to clothing, represent status symbol and some cases,  used as coins for trading. In some countries such as Egypt, India and Peru, the sequins were also considered as guard from the evil spirits.

Guarding from evil spirits? Even more reason to follow these easy ways to clean sequins dresses.

Luckily, we don’t need to wear heavy metal disks on our dress for this New Year’s Eve party. Instead, in the 1930s, a man named Herbert Lieberman collaborate with Eastman Kodak (yes, the photo company Kodak) developed acetate sequins inspired by the acetate oil the company had been using.

That’s how the sequins become much more industrialized in the fashion industry. Follow these easy ways to clean sequins dresses and you will keep your sequins looking shiny.


Easy Ways To Wash A Sequin Dress

From A to Z, there are thousands of ways to clean, wash and fix falling sequins tips that you can easily do at home. But which one is really the right way? Do I need to spend money to get my sequin dress to have it dry cleaned? Is it ok to machine wash a sequins skirt?

All sequin dresses come with care label hidden inside; here for how to wash a sequin dress so you can enjoy your New Year’s Eve party and feel good every time!


Machine Washing Sequins Dress

Machine Washing Sequins Dress

If you choose to machine wash you favorite sequins dress, make sure to button or zip up completely beforehand. Also, turn the dress inside out so that the sequins are protected.

For the most protection, place the dress inside out and in a mesh lingerie bag. ALWAYS use the gentle cycle with a cold water wash and rinse with a mild homemade laundry detergent. Set the spin cycle on the lowest speed to prevent falling or damage to the sequins.

Most importantly, be gentle when following any of these easy ways to clean sequins dresses. The material is extremely fragile and most likely a favorite piece!


Removing Wrinkles On Sequins Dress

Wrinkle free Sequins Dresses

The best way to remove the wrinkles on sequins is NOT by ironing it. Even ironing on the wrong side with a pressing cloth can cause the sequins to melt. Instead, use a clothes steamer very carefully.

First of all, steam on the inside and keep the steam wand at least 12 inches away from the fabric. Also, if you are lazy or don’t have a steamer at home, you can easily remove wrinkles from your sequins dresses by hanging them in a steamy bathroom for 30 minutes before wearing them.

Pro tip: Allow the dress to dry completely before wearing it to avoid creating more wrinkles 😉


Stop The Sequins From Falling Off

Quick & Easy Ways To Clean Sequins Dresses

Check on your sequins dress, if the sequins have predrilled holes or not. This will determine how to fix it. If the sequins have predrilled holes, they can be easily sewed back with thread.

Use a very thin and fine needle and a thread that also matches the sequins. Tie a knot in the thread and draw it up to the surface from the wrong side of the fabric. Use tiny stitches and sew back the loose sequins.

I recommend using fabric glue because some glue like this is permanent. Fabric glue will hold up to washing and drying, so if you have to give it a try. However, its recommended to hand wash the garment and glue back the sequins again afterwards.


Remove Stains on Sequins

quick and easy ways to wash a sequin dress with stains

If the stain on your sequins dress is a dirt or a non-oily food stain, then mix one teaspoon homemade nontoxic laundry detergent with one cup of cold water.

Mix well and then use a cotton swab dipped in the solution to remove the stain. Keep blotting with a clean white paper towel until the stain in gone. Next, blot well with water to rinse and then again blot with a clean white paper towel to remove remaining water and allow to air dry.

If there is oil based stain on your dress, you may need to use a dry cleaning solvent. Use this solvent and blot on the dress using a cotton swab.


Hand Washing Your Sequins Dress

how to hand wash a sequin dress

The most gentle method for cleaning a sequins dress will be to hand wash clothing. Always remember to completely button up and zip all closure and turn the dress inside out.

Use cold water and a detergent designed for hand washing. Do NOT scrub harsh or wring the dress tightly. Too much agitation can bend or break the sequins on the dress.


Drip Drying Your Sequins Dress

Easy Ways To Dry A Sequin Dress

Do NOT wring your sequins out! Instead, let your dress drip dry before laying it flat. This can take a long time, but is the best solution to prevent from damage and stretched out of shape.

Pro tip: The quickest way to drip dry is lay the sequins dress over a towel and this will speed up the whole process.


How To Freshen Sequined Dress Quick

Easy Ways To Freshen A Sequin Dress

To freshen your favorite sequins dress, use a fabric freshener spray only on the inside of the garment. Never ever spray right on the sequined side because the spray can dull the sequin finishes.


The Best Way To Store Sequins Dress

Easy Ways To Wash Sequin Dress for proper storage

The sequins dresses are the best fabric staggers. So avoid any wardrobe snarls by wrapping your sequins dress in tissue, and storing them separately from other garments in your closet. If you have any acid-free tissue paper to wrap around that is the best way to store for long term.

Most sequins dresses base fabrics are made with material and woven in a way that can handle the weight of embellishments; therefore you can hang them. But if the dress base fabric is knit, then it’s best to fold them in between the acid-free tissue paper.


Kill The Odor With A Sprinkle Of Vodka

How To Wash A Sequin Dress with vodka

YES! Vodka is generally 40% ethanol and 60% water, the alcohol kills the germs and the smell as well as odor-causing bacteria very well. The alcohol evaporated as it dries and the dress is fresh and not boozy at all.

Here is how to get rid of odor on your sequin dress. First, turn your dress inside out. Place small amount of vodka in empty spray bottle. Spray small portion and test it out. Let it air dry overnight and it will scare the smell away!


Hope with these clothing cleaning tips and laundry hacks are also helpful in a pinch. Follow these steps for how to wash a sequin dress and you’ll be able to keep your New Year’s Eve party gear looking on point! You will be shining like a goddess in your clean sequins dress!

How do you wash a sequin dress at home?

Let us know in the comments below!

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I graduated with a bachelors of fine arts degree in fashion design. I worked in the fashion industry as a lead designer for major brand name labels such as Stitch Fix, Urban Outfitters, Nordstrom, and Dillards. Now, I am the founder of the website Fashion Wanderer where I share current fashion trends, style tips and how to build a capsule wardrobe collection.

  1. Gorgeous photos. I haven’t worn a sequin dress in ages, but maybe for new years. You never know.

  2. You have some really good advice in this article. I liked the machine wash section. At first I was thinking…a washing machine will totally rip out all of the sequins. But then you mentioned the thing about turning it inside out. Makes sense…

  3. Girl YESSSS! I have about 17 different sequined options… haha skirts! Tops! Gowns… Cocktail dresses! I just need to decide now which one i’ll be wearing. I LOVE these. Mine are navy, wine, rose gold and silver. I think I need a yellow gold one now..

  4. These are really great tips I have always avoided buying sequins because of the cleaning and the wrinkling and not knowing how to fix them. Thank you for this.

  5. I have wanted to get a Sequined top but haven’t because I was worried it would be too hard to clean and maintain. Thanks for the tips.

  6. I don’t own a sequin dress but I will remember these tips. I do want to get this type of dress.

  7. I never bought a sequins dress and I have no idea how to clean it. If I had one I would have probably taken it to the dry cleaners. Your tips are great, who knew you could even machine wash it!

  8. Thank you for these tips. My daughter actually has a sequined dress and I had no idea how to clean it. Now I know!

  9. I am amazed at how simple it is to clean and maintain a sequin dress. Cleaning costs are quite expensive. You have saved me money and time and now I will be able to buy more clothes with sequins on them.

  10. Ahhh, so glad for this! I would never allow my daughters to buy full sequin anything because of my worry on how to get them clean!

  11. I don’t have clothes with sequins on it cause I assumed it’ll be hard and tricky to maintain. But your tips were pretty awesome and very detailed and seems so easy. Now I can get that sparkly top and wear it not minding the hassle after.

  12. Such an informative post, for the reason of unable to wash in machine and prevent sequins from falling off, I rather never got a sequin dress. But now I know how to wash them , I shall get a bunch for me:)

  13. This post is super useful – growing up wore many for ice skating competitions – this is great information I will pass onto the many skaters I know who are out there – nothing worse then sequins falling onto the ice (and then skating over it) ;/ Thanks so much!

  14. I could never pull of a sequin dress without feeling like an sparking whale, lol. But these are great tips for those with such dresses and I have now stored them in my hard drive!

  15. Oh this is a great post – I always look for tips on how to maintain my delicate clothes !! Thanks for sharing!

  16. I love the tip of a steamy bathroom to help with wrinkles!! I used to do this in the morning getting ready for school!

  17. I always find your posts very useful! I recently bought a jacket with sequinned sleeves. Was wondering how would I keep it clean as the jacket is white in colour except for the sleeves. I am going to wash it inside out now. Thanks for the tips 🙂

  18. I’ve never owned or wore a dress like this but yours are absolutely beautiful…. however…. I bought my little boy a pillow at Kohls today that has reversible sequins and I wondered how on earth I would clean it… now I know!

  19. Hands up I have always been put off buying anything with a lot of sequins on for fear of how to wash it but this makes real sense, perhaps next time I’ll treat myself.

  20. I don’t have a dress or clothes in general that have sequins. However, wow, that’s a great way to save money!

  21. This whole post is great! We have a few pieces with sequins and if you upkeep them well they last forever! And they sparkle so they are pretty versatile and timeless. Hand washing is a must. Or if it is something with not too many sequins I turn it inside out and put it in the washer.

  22. I have always steered away from buying sequin dresses because I was afraid that they were hard to care for. Thank you for the great tips, Makes my dress options greater

  23. These are wonderful tips! I’ve never actually bought a sequin dress only rented them from places like Rent the Runway but I’ll keep these tips in mind.

  24. I quit buying sequin dresses because they were such a pain to take to the cleaners (we don’t have one in our town). However, now that I know I can wash them myself, I might have to fill my closet up again with sparkly sequin clothing items.

  25. These are all amazing ways to clean sequin dresses! I never knew any of them (partly because I don’t have any dresses this fancy!).

  26. I will have to show this to my daughter. She loves everything sequin. This way she might be able to take care of her sequined outfits better. Thanks for the great info.

  27. Great idea, I have been to four Christmas parties this year, and two times I wore sequined dresses and had them dry cleaned. Love this.

  28. This are very helpful tips. I love sequin dresses and now know that cleaning them is not very difficult. Bookmarking this post!

  29. These are very helpful tips. I love sequin dresses and now know that cleaning them is not very difficult. Bookmarking this post!

  30. I can’t even imagine trying to clean a sequin dress. Good to know that it is possible without dry cleaning.

  31. You always have great tips to take care of those special dresses! These pictures are also super cute, I don’t think I have a sequin dress but I will keep all these tips in mind when I get one 🙂

  32. I have many sequin dresses and tops… thank you soo much for posting this… now i can save some getting it cleaned 🙂

  33. the lack of knowledge has always prevented me from buying sequins! after this article! the next sequin top/dress I seem. I am buying!

  34. My wife has a sequins dress and I think she will definitely find these tips helpful. I think she had been ironing it. Yikes.

  35. Those are some awesome tips to clean sequins dress. I will definitely keep this in my mind for my future references.

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