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 8

Do you have a vintage wedding gown? One of the best things about life at Oakwood is definitely our family of customers and hearing their special stories. We see all kinds of vintage clothing including wedding gowns. Rita came in months ago and told me about her gown which was over 40 years old. I had been waiting for her to bring it in which she did just recently. Rita walked in on a chilly November day with the metal chest pictured above in hand. Of course I was curious as … [Read more...]

Our Production Manager

OPERATIONS • PRODUCTION • SPOTTING Aubrey does it all! If you were to come to the Oakwood Cleaners plant in Hermitage, on any given day, you would find Aubrey doing a plethora of tasks. If he is at the computer you can bet he is researching the most up-to-date equipment or the best way to tackle a stubborn stain to make sure we get your items back to you as good as new if not better. We call him the "Spot Master"! Aubrey works directly with the production team before and … [Read more...]

How to help your leather garments last a lifetime.

A leather or suede garment can enhance any wardrobe. These wardrobe additions can be costly, but with the right care they can become lifelong investments. Leather is made from skins or hides of animals and preserved with a process called “tanning”.  The outcome is leather or suede. Smooth leather is the outside of the animal skin and the suede, (the inside of the animal hide) is usually mechanically treated and buffed to raise the nap and give the surface a velvety look and … [Read more...]

WHAT DID I DROP OFF AT MY DRY CLEANER TODAY?

Have you ever wondered what you just dropped off at your favorite dry cleaners? Maybe you went on vacation and brought everything in upon returning. Maybe you missed your weekly visit and things just piled up. If you are like me, you just drop your things off, or just put the pile in your route bag and forget about them until you get them back. Did you get everything you thought you should? Do you remember what you sent in? Some people (organized ones mind you), might make a list. I … [Read more...]

Raw Eggs and Halloween

Every dry cleaner has their favorite Halloween challenge or horror story. Unfortunately, it's a night when at least one customer coming home from work is going to 'get hit' with raw eggs, shaving cream or some variation of a trick -or -treater's juvenile idea of funny. For me, my first Halloween in the business brought a deluge of customers who had been the victim of World Series caliber pitching of raw eggs!  There were trench coats, pants, leather jackets, hats... a whole array of … [Read more...]