A Framed Memory

The minute she put it on, Stacy knew that this gown was going to be treasured forever. Her exquisite Justin Alexander beaded gown was just what she had dreamed of and now what she will use as a piece of art.  "I must say that the cleaning & framing of my dress turned out just as I had hoped, so the long wait was well worth it!" We asked Stacy a few questions that led to the framing of her gown.  How did you choose Oakwood Cleaners to clean your gown? I … [Read more...]

Your Memories Preserved

I so enjoyed my interview with Geny's Flower & Bridal about our Wedding Gown Preservation process. Here it is: http://blog.genysflowersandbridal.com/wedding-dress-preservation-right-here-in-nashville?utm_campaign=Wedding+Dresses&utm_content=58870406&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook … [Read more...]

FURRY FRIENDS IN NEED

When my husband Alan and I took ownership of Oakwood Cleaners 6 years ago, I immediately wanted to show support for un-placed animals. I implemented a program called “Cuddles for Critters” which re-purposes used blankets and such for animals at rescue shelters. It seemed like a perfect partnership to help AGAPE with their endeavors to help lost dogs in need of forever homes. When given the opportunity to sponsor a dog in need we were thrilled to accept the challenge. Please help us … [Read more...]

HOLIDAY STAINS

LEAVE YOUR HOLIDAY TABLE LINEN STAINS TO THE EXPERTS Your guests have come and gone... you are left with stained table linens, grease from cooking on your favorite blouse or slacks, what do you do? Enjoy the tips below on how to take care of those wine stained table linens, or better yet, what not to do. The tiniest bit chlorine bleach placed directly on a stain will degrade the fibers and leave a yellow stain. Do you have grease stains? (ex. gravy, butter, salad … [Read more...]

BE SPOT SAVVY!

It is holiday party time! Let's face it, juggling a drink and buffet plate is no easy feat. Add to that the jostling and maneuvering inherent at any party, and the chances of a spill or stain increase dramatically. We've said it before, but it bears repeating: what do you do when your favorite outfit gets a wine, soda or dipping sauce stain?  As little as possible. Water, club soda and even 'miracle' stain removal products will generally do more harm than good.  They will … [Read more...]

Are you ready for Fall?

Fall and cooler temps are arriving sooner than you think. Here is some advice on getting your closest ready for the new season. Take some quality time with your clothes and accessories. Open your closest, be honest with yourself and before you go shopping follow the steps below to make room for your fall wardrobe purchases. Preparing your closest for the new season Label six bags as follow: Toss, Donate, Consign, Store, Repair and Clean Toss anything with holes that … [Read more...]

Five Tips for Swimwear Care

Your swimwear takes a beating - sun, sand, chlorine, salt, sunscreen lotions.... and it needs proper, tender loving care if it is going to look good all season long.  Here are a few tips to help you make that happen:  Have more than one swimsuit, and never wear the same suit two days in a row.  Spandex is a memory fiber, so your suit needs time to dry naturally and remember its original shape.  Thoroughly rinse your suit immediately after each use to remove the chlorine, … [Read more...]

SHOULD I USE CHLORINE BLEACH?

ENJOY your time with friends and family this Easter!  Do you ever wonder what to do when it is all over? The grass and dirt stains from the Easter egg hunt are a mess. What about those juice spills? Then of course there are the table linens!!! Keeping your white linens WHITE! Despite what you think, the use of chlorine bleach is NOT the answer.  Yes, chlorine can be an amazing whitening product, but only when used under the right conditions. If you've ever wondered why your … [Read more...]

TALE OF A NAVY PEA COAT

Nancy brought in her father's vintage navy pea coat hoping that we could restore it for her son Alex to wear. Below are some pictures of how it looked when we first received it. Front and Back before restoration As you can see it had definately seen better days. George A. Love served in the Seabees in World War II and in the Navy in the Korean War. In WWII, he was assigned to the Seabee Construction Battalion Maintenance Unit No. 623 as a Machinist Mate Second … [Read more...]

LIFE AT OAKWOOD POST 7

OAKWOOD LIFE STARTS WITH OUR CUSTOMERS! Oakwood customers are the best! We love getting to know you, hear about your family, pets and important moments in your life. YOU give Oakwood Cleaners life and we would like to show you appreciation by featuring you on our blog. Meet Becky! Here she is with our owner Rhonda. She has been an Oakwood customer since 2008! She always comes in with a huge smile on her face and we think of her as part of the family. The next time you stop by … [Read more...]