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 4

SEWING... Is a Lost Art We have found it at Oakwood Cleaners! Megan came to us as a graduate of O’more College of Design. Her portfolio is titillating with imaginative creations. She comes with the experience needed to perform the simplest to the most involved repairs and alterations. You must come see her, but make sure to call an schedule an appointment as she is high in demand.   Edgardo has a unique attention to detail. He wears 2 hats at Oakwood Cleaners. Pressing … [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...]

LIFE AT OAKWOOD CLEANERS – POST 2

Say hi to Lizeth! She has been part of the Oakwood family for almost 9 years, during which time she has been pregnant 3 times including right now! Lizeth is still working to make sure your pants are pressed to perfection. Ready to pop, she will be leaving next month for maternity leave, but you can rest assured she will be back. (Side note- Lizeth is also one of our go to team members  for pressing the beautiful wedding gowns that come to Oakwood Cleaners. More about that … [Read more...]

LEADING CLEANERS INTERNATIONALE COMES TO NASHVILLE!

As a member of LCI (Leading Cleaners Internationale), Oakwood Cleaners was chosen to host the semi-annual couture dry cleaning conference April 2nd - 4th at the historic Hermitage Hotel in downtown Nashville, TN. Representatives from many of the member cleaners embarked on Nashville ready to discuss the nuances of couture dry cleaning. We had representatives all the way from Canada, New York, Nebraska, New Orleans and California! A trip to Oakwood's plant in Hermitage, Tennessee … [Read more...]

Having an artist as an owner does have its advantages. The employees at the Hermitage, TN plant were greeted Monday morning with blooming walls! Our earth friendly dry cleaning is like a breath of fresh air and I wanted our employees to have some walls that conveyed that feeling. Enjoy the springtime and all the blooms it has to offer. … [Read more...]

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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...]