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...]

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...]

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...]

FALL IS HERE!

The weather is getting cooler and that means sweater season! YES, get out those warm, cuddly, sweaters. Oh my, you forgot to clean them so they would be ready? If you are like me handwashing is not what you want to be doing with your spare time. Not only that, where in the world do you have space to let them dry--FLAT! Oakwood Cleaners can help you out. Bring us your favorite sweaters and in no time have them back as good as new. Our GreenEarth process is gentle, non toxic and … [Read more...]

Those confusing Care Symbols

Have you ever wondered what the symbols mean on the care label in your garments? Here is a wonderful guide to go by. It is important to pay attention to those pesky care labels that seem to stick out like a sore thumb in all the wrong places. If you must cut them out of your garments, then keep a file with a good description of the garment and stick the label with the description. Next time you send it to the cleaners you can include the instructions to insure they are following the … [Read more...]

My Wedding Dress Saga… (part two) marking it in for restoring and preservation

When we receive a dress we always take pictures of the stains and imperfections that might happen during your wedding or in this case of a dress that has been packed away for such a long time. Melody is one of our customer service representatives at our White Bridge location. This is where we do all the preservations. In these pictures she is examining my dress for the discoloration on the lace and any other imperfections that need to be taken care of. … [Read more...]