Tips

Ready Your Closet For Fall

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Grab three bags and label them: Donate, Sell and Recycle.

Remove one item at a time, and follow our decision tree to help you decide what to keep, sell, donate or recycle.

For those items you are going to ‘keep’, return them to the closet the ‘wrong’ way, with the open hook of the hanger facing you.  When spring and summer come around again next year, any hangers still facing the wrong way are garments you never wore during the season, and are prime candidates for – donation, sale or recycling, depending on their condition.

One final note, any items that you will be keeping for sentimental reasons, should be cleaned, then placed in boxes designed for long-term storage, and put away in a cool, dry, dark place – not your closet.

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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.

  1. The tiniest bit chlorine bleach placed directly on a stain will degrade the fibers and leave a yellow stain.

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    Table Linens with Wine Spill
  2. Do you have grease stains? (ex. gravy, butter, salad oils, etc.) Don’t set them with hot water wash and drying.  They need a degreaser – bring it to us.
  3. Red wine stains must be neutralized for complete removal, chlorine bleach will not do the job.
  4. Coffee with milk and sugar is a combination stain that if left untreated will oxidize and become permanent.  It will carmelize – leaving an ugly brown stain.
  5. Never delay bringing your holiday table linens in for professional care to complete stain removal, cleaning and pressing. 
  6. And most importantly, if you or your guests drip, dribble,  the best DIY stain treatment is GENTLY SCRAPE EXCESS, BLOT, NEVER RUB.

Oakwood Cleaners is at your service to take care of your holiday spills and stains. Just bring it to us and let us do the rest.

WE WISH YOU SAFE TRAVELS, WONDERFUL FAMILY MEMORIES, AND A VERY HAPPY HOLIDAY SEASON!

BE SPOT SAVVY!

Wine on Raw Silk
Wine on Raw Silk

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.

Spilled wine on silk dress
Spilled wine on silk dress

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 disturb sizings, cause rings and in some cases pull the color in dyes.  Rubbing a stain creates friction which will abrade the fibers and cause irreparable harm.  The fact is we can probably remove the stain safely, but there’s little we can do about dye disturbance, rings and fiber damage from abrasion.  So, what should you do?

Follow these simple, non-destructive steps –

– gently remove any excess

– place a clean white cloth UNDER the stained fabric and blot from the top with a clean white cloth

– NEVER RUB a stain

 – bring the item in promptly for cleaning

Tablecloth with wine spill
Tablecloth with wine spill

Stains will oxidize and set if left untreated for any length of time.  The alcohol in liquors and wines can pull color.  So in the case of spots and stains, haste does not make waste.  The quicker you bring the item in for cleaning, the more likely the stain removal treatment will have a favorable outcome.

As always, if you have any questions about stain removal or garment care, ask us.  We are happy to share our expertise with you.

 

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.

What do I do?
What do I do?

Preparing your closest for the new season

Label six bags as follow: Toss, Donate, Consign, Store, Repair and Clean

These bags are ready!
These bags are ready!

Toss anything with holes that cannot be repaired or have permanent stains.
If it doesn’t fit or flatter and you have stopped wearing them, donate. Please do not donate items that should be tossed.
Garments that are still great but you haven’t worn in over a year can go to a consignment shop.

You can use your earnings to fill in with new pieces!

Now start trying on what is left. Be honest, if it makes you look and feel great, keep it, if not, donate or consign.

It is always fun to invite a friend to help with this.
Place items that you just cannot part with, because of sentimental reasons, in boxes designed for long-term storage and always keep at room temperature, not the attic or garage.

Store your sentimental items.
Store your sentimental items.

Organize
Put like pieces together, separate items that need cleaning, have missing buttons or loose hems.
Cleaning and repairing your garments will help them look fresh for fall.
The experts at Oakwood Cleaners can repair and clean your items to achieve a “look like new” outcome.

Go Shopping! 
Make a list of the items you need to fill in the missing pieces in your closet. Have fun, hit your favorite stores or try out a new one.

Five Tips for Swimwear Care

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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:

  1.  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.
  2.  Thoroughly rinse your suit immediately after each use to remove the chlorine, salt, sand, skin and tanning lotions and other harmful things it has been exposed to.
  3. Do not wring your swimsuit of excess water. Wrap your suit in a towel, gently squeeze to remove water and then remove from wet towel.
  4.  When you get home, promptly hand wash your swimsuit using tepid water and a mild or gentle soap.  If you use hand soap, use one without moisturizers in it.  Again, place in towel and squeeze excess water.  DO NOT use a washing machine for your swimwear!
  5.  DO NOT place your swimsuit in a clothing dryer. Shape to size and lay flat on a towel to dry.  DO NOT hang it on a line to dry in the sun or shade.  The weight of the water settling at the bottom of the suit will distort the shape.

As always, if you have any questions or comments, feel free to ask us.                             

 

SHOULD I USE CHLORINE BLEACH?

Easter

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!!!

table linen spots

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 freshly washed and bleached cotton table linens yellowed or became dingy looking during storage, chances are the reason is you added chlorine bleach to the wash.  If you’re distressed by a brown stain in a spot where you ‘pre-treated’ a food stain with chlorine bleach, the likely culprit is the dab of chlorine you thought would solve the problem!

Unfortunately, no amount of hot, cool or cold water rinsing will completely remove all the residual chlorine from a fabric.  A chlorine free condition can only be achieved through the use of an ‘anti-chlor’; a product that is not routinely available to consumers and can ONLY be purchased by professional cleaners.

In addition, chlorine should never  be used on silk or woolen fabrics, or any synthetic fabrics such as polyester or nylon, since it will chemically degenerate the fabric, causing brown or yellow discolorations.  If a white cotton fabric contains a fluorescent-based optical brightener, the chlorine will often break down the optical brightener, causing the fabric to develop a yellow or pink hue.

So, the safest way to care for your table linens, or those holiday clothes at home is to avoid the use of chlorine bleach, or better yet, if you want them to look their pristine best, bring them in for professional care.  Not only will they be clean, white and chlorine free after processing, you won’t have to stand at the ironing board and iron them!