How to clean or wash a Herve Leger dress is probably the most common question that we get related to Herve Leger. According to the carelabel, Herve Leger clothing should always be sent to the dry-cleaners. However, from our experience, this hasn't been the case.
Even though most Herve Leger carelabels instruct owners to send their garments to the dry-cleaners, we can't tell you how many times people have reported ruined Herve Leger due to dry-cleaning.
Through the many years that we've dealt with Herve Leger, we found that the washer can actually be your friend!
***The following method does not apply to Herve Leger with metallic and/or rubber finishes. The following method is also great for washing BCBG power skirts and dresses. Even though we have always had great success with this method, please proceed at your own risk. ***
For this step, turn the Herve Leger inside out, so the tag, hangtags, and carelabel are on the outside. Throw the Herve Leger into the washer with a small amount of Oxiclean .
Set the washer on delicate cycle for a short wash with low spinning. Cold water must be selected; this is most important!
After the Herve Leger is washed, do NOT put it in the dryer. Instead, lay it flat on a large clean colorfast surface like a bathtub. Turn the Herve Leger over one or two times a day until the garment is completely dry. Do not wring.
Due to the heavy fabric, it may take a few days for the garment to completely dry. Until then, do not stretch or try on the Herve Leger.
And, then, turn the dress outside out with the tags facing inwards, and it's done!
This tutorial is much simpler than our old way of cleaning Herve Leger, and it's much more thorough. Sometimes, spot cleaning can also cause water stains that need re-rinsing which is a pain. This process is much more fail-proof and cleans the entire dress, skirt or top all at once!
This is how I personally have washed my Herve Leger for the last year. The dresses and tops come out so fresh, and I have not noticed any thinning or any other damage caused by doing this. Because this new way has helped me out so much, I wanted to share it with all of the other Herve Leger lovers out there!