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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?

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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!!!

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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!

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.

Torn up inside lining before restoration
Torn up inside lining before restoration

Front and Back before restoration

Front and Back before restoration

As you can see it had definately seen better days.

George A. Love
George A. Love

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 class (MM2C).

Construction Battalion Maintence Unit 623
Construction Battalion
Maintence Unit 623

They were sent to Guiuan, Samar in the Leyte Gulf (Philippines) to build an airstrip and infrastructure.

They arrived on December 23, 1944 on a Dutch cargo ship, the M.S. Sommelsdikj.

The H.M.S. Sommelsdijk
The H.M.S. Sommelsdijk

On December 25, Tokyo Rose, a radio broadcaster of Japanese propaganda, promised the Navy boys a Christmas present.  On the morning of December 26, a Japanese plane appeared and dropped two torpedoes.  The plane then crashed into the sea when its wing tip caught the water.  One torpedo hit the ship in Hold #1 starting a fire which quickly spread to Hold #2 where most of the men were staying.  Since the ship was in a bay, the ship was purposely run aground and the men either swam to shore or were able to evacuate to another ship.  The unit was allowed to stay in the Church of the Immaculate Conception until a camp site could be built.  Many were wounded but only six men lost their lives in this attack.

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George safely returned from this war and went back to high school where he met
and married Nancy’s mother, Martha E. Cathey.
He was re-drafted to the Korean War and claimed this was a sightseeing tour compared to WWII.

George and Martha Love
George and Martha Love

When he returned home, he and my mother had three daughters.
He never spoke of his service to our country.

I don’t know why – possibly he thought his “girls” would not want to hear about it.

When Desert Storm began in 1990, he and I were watching it on TV and he started talking about his service.  I became fascinated and wanted to hear all about it to preserve his story.

His pea coat was passed down to 2 sisters, but passed Nancy. Nancy’s sister Cathey, found the pea coat in her closet and passed it on to Alex the younger of Nancy’s two sons. Alex is a history buff especially about World War II and Classic Rock (but that’s another story…).  By now the coat was beginning to show wear and tear.  The lining was deteriorating, the buttons kept falling off and it was dirty and musty.

I wondered if it could be restored.  I posted the question on social media and Oakwood Cleaners came highly recommended as being very good at restoring vintage wedding gowns.  I gave them a call, met with Rhonda and her seamstress and I am very happy to say the pea coat looks brand new.

Front and Back after restoration
Front and Back after restoration
Inside after restoration
Inside after restoration

Alex is beyond Proud to continue to wear his grandfather’s Navy Pea Coat in honor of not only his grandfather but of our military and the sacrifices made for our country

Alex wearing George's  Navy Pea Coat
Alex wearing George’s
Navy Pea Coat

Life at Oakwood – Post 4

SEWING…

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Is a Lost Art

We have found it at Oakwood Cleaners!

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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.

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Edgardo has a unique attention to detail. He wears 2 hats at Oakwood Cleaners. Pressing linens and cottons is his primary team function. Since “Edgar” as we call him is at the Hermitage plant, he is called upon quite often for repairs that come in.

His attention to detail has become quite beneficial for hand or machine work on wedding gowns and other intricate items.

So… alterations are happening at Oakwood Cleaners. Our tailors are high in demand, appointments are a must for fittings and you must be prepared for a 2 to 3 week turn-around time for everyday wear. If you are interested in having your wedding gown or formal gown altered the turn-a-round time could be 3 to 4 months. Just give us a call at 615.620.6095 to schedule your appointment.

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.

Aubrey at desk

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.

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We call him the “Spot Master”! Aubrey works directly with the production team before and after cleaning to address delicate issues. He is always testing our spotting agents to figure out the best solution for the most difficult of jobs.

Aubrey at boiler

Plant operations is of the up-most importance to the safety and consistency of production. Aubrey is on top of our machinery, computer systems and production flow to ensure a quality work environment for the production team.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LIFE AT OAKWOOD CLEANERS – POST 2

Say hi to Lizeth!

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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 later in another post.)

 

Rosa is ready and willing to take on the job of pressing your pants.

 

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She has been with us almost a year and has caught on to the “Oakwood Way” very well indeed.

We have your garment care covered from top to bottom at Oakwood Cleaners.