Wash and Fold service.

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Why spend countless hours messing with your Wash and Fold stuff at home?  Most Dry Cleaners, like Old Dominion Cleaners in Richmond, Va. will be happy to do it all for you.  All you have to do is put it away!

One of our most popular services is our Wash and Fold Service.  It’s similar to going to a laundromat but we do all the work for you.  Unlike most places, we charge by the pound, not by the load so you can feel free to pack up anything machine washable and simply leave it on the porch for pick up.  It’s one of the advantages you have when use our Free Valet Dry Cleaning Pick up and Delivery Service. We’ll  pick it up from your home or office and drop it back off!

When we receive your clothes we sort everything.  Dark clothing and light clothing are washed and dried separately.  Each item is hand folded and packed up with care to ensure it is returned to you looking great.

To get the most out of our Wash and Fold Service, we suggest the following:

  • Make sure to use your ODC bags that specify wash and fold service.  You can also let us know with a note in your laundry bag or tell one of our friendly staff you want to use the Wash and Fold service.  
  • Ensure there is no Dry Clean Only garments included.  We always follow the care label’s instructions and if it says Dry Clean Only, we will Dry Clean it.
  • Refer a friend to receive free laundering for up to 20lbs. of laundry. There is no limit on the amount of referral bonuses you can receive.

For answers to more frequently asked questions about our services, visit us at olddominioncleaners.com

7 Reasons to use Old Dominion Cleaners

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The benefits of dry cleaning are myriad and encompass many aspects of clothing care. Here are just a few!

Professional Alterations

Old Dominion Cleaners offers the convenience of quick alterations. This service makes all your daily chores easier. Don’t sweat it; just have Old Dominion Cleaners sew it!

Simple Repair

Speaking of simple repair, Old Dominion Cleaners can re-attach a button as quickly as one-two-three. Don’t waste time and risk a possible needle poke trying to do it yourself. This service is free from us to you 90% of the time.

Convenience

Old Dominion Cleaners is especially proud of the convenience of our service. We simply come to your home our office to pick up garments that need attention. This might be the number one reason to take advantage of our services.

Dry Cleaning
Prevent shrinkage and damage to your clothing. Dry cleaning itself is a process that breaks down soil and removes grease. This process keeps your favorite garments looking great and living longer.

Specialists
When you leave your garments with us you can rest easy knowing that our specialists will take great care of your clothing..

As You Like

We perform our cleaning services to your exact specifications. That’s our full service product – preparing your dry cleaned garments exactly to your specifications. Light starch? No starch? Just let us know.

Fabric Expertise

If you’re reading this blog, you no doubt know that there are gaggles of fabrics – from silk to angora, polyester, synthetic blends, it can be a little overwhelming. Our specialists are experts and know ahead of time if a fabric can be negatively affected by a treatment. This will save you time, money and headache.

Neckties
Ties and other accouterments are often made of delicate materials and require special handling. We know and are ready!

This is just a short list of the benefits of our services.

Visit us today at Https://olddominioncleaners.com today to see what we can do for you.

 

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Cleaning resolutions for 2016.

The New Year is upon us again and people are making resolutions—at Old Dominion Cleaners, we’re resolving to keep things neat and organized. Here are a few of our favorite tips to help keep things going smoothly.
Rotate Your Seasonal Wardrobe
We’ve talked about this before, but it’s important for organization and long term care of your clothing. By properly storing your summer or winter wardrobe, those clothes will be protected in the off-season and ready to go when you need them.

Storage
 
Proper storage is important. Making sure you have your winter clothing stored in a clean, dry location is key. Sending your coats, sweaters, etc., to the cleaners before putting them in storage is a great idea. That way you’ll be all set when you need them.

Space
 
The simple fact is few of us have the storage space for all of our seasonal wardrobe items. Winter gear—hats, scarves, mittens—often end up in coat pockets or in a basket by the door. Swapping out your spring coats and putting them in storage for the winter, or winter coats for the spring and summer, will free up vast amounts of space. This will make it easier to de-clutter your home. This is an important step in the Keep It Clean in 2016 resolution.

Mudroom or Foyer?
 
It doesn’t matter what you call it—as long as you use it! The mudroom isn’t for boxes storing lawn chairs—it’s for keeping all those excess coats, jackets, mittens, boots and all the rest from cluttering up your inside closets. So use it!

Dry Cleaning
 
No matter how fastidious you are, winter is messy. Mud, slush and salt can take a toll on your winter wardrobe. Be sure to send your coats in to be dry-cleaned at least once a season. Removing excess salt from garments can prolong their lifespan and keep that salt from mixing in with your other laundry items.
You’ll find that you have many tools at your disposal to help you stay focused on your resolution to Keep It Clean in 2016!
For answers to more frequently asked questions, visit us at olddominioncleaners.com

How to care for velvet clothing.

Velvet is one of winter’s fashion favorites, especially crushed velvet’s and velvet garments with decorative trim. Many types of apparel are made of velvet, including pants, dresses, gowns, coats, capes, and jackets. Velvet is also popular for household items, such as furniture covers and drapes.

What is velvet?

Velvet has long been known as the fabric of royalty. At one time, blue velvet was reserved solely for use by the French king, his family, and favored subjects.

Red velvet dressVelvets are made on a double action loom. Two layers of fabric are woven at the same time, and the space between them is interlaced with connecting yarns.

The two layers are then cut apart as they come off the loom, producing two pieces of fabric with an upright pile surface.

True velvet is usually made of rayon, acetate, silk, or a blend of these fibers and has a short, closely-woven pile. Velveteen is similar to velvet, but it is usually made of cotton or cotton/polyester blend and has a shorter pile. Finishes are often applied to velvets to keep the pile erect and resilient, to secure the pile, or to give the fabric body.

What types of problems can velvets experience?

Velvet can experience a variety of problems, including a loss of pile, flattening and matting, pilling and tufting, and shrinkage. Crushed velvets have a tendency to experience a loss of design and distortion from wear alone. Velvets made of acetate pose special problems: the pile can become permanently flattened with moisture, heat, or pressure. As a result, the pile on an acetate velvet dress is more likely to show the effects of wear. Even greater flattening develops if the velvet is brushed or if any pressure is put on it while wet.

How can you keep your velvets fit for royalty?

• Hang velvet garments in a well-ventilated closet after wearing.

• If a velvet garment gets wet, do not apply pressure, as this can flatten the pile.

• Do not iron velvets. Hang in the bathroom and steam the garment to remove any wrinkles.

• Clean velvet garments immediately after use.

• Shake excess spills from the fabric and allow to dry. Do not blot or apply any pressure in damp areas.

If you do get a stain on a velvet garment, our stain removal experts can help.

 For answers to more frequently asked dry cleaning questions, visit us at:

https://www.olddominioncleaners.com

We offer Wedding Dress Preservation

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After countless hours spent searching for your dream dress (not to mention the dollars spent), it’s only fair to give your gown a happily-ever-after too, right? Whether it’s because of the way it made you feel on your wedding day or the possibility of passing it down to your daughter or another family member in the future, preserving your wedding dress is the best way to maintain it’s color, fabric and shape.

What Is Wedding Dress Preservation?

This is a special cleaning and packaging techniques used to ensure your gown retains its beauty. A professional preservationist will survey your gown: the materials, embellishments and various stains, then formulate a specialized cleaning procedure. “Cleaning your gown is the single most important part of the preservation process and all the stains, including the hidden ones containing sugar that turn brown over time, must be removed,” says Sally Lorensen Conant, the executive director of the Association of Wedding Gown Specialists. You can usually wait until after the honeymoon to take your dress to a preservationist, but remember it’s better to take your gown in while the stains are fresh and not set in (especially if it’s stained with mud or red wine). “The longer you delay, the less likely all stains can be removed, and if you wait years, your gown will need restoration rather than just cleaning,” warns Conant. After cleaning, your gown is wrapped in acid-free tissue paper and placed in museum-quality archival box.

Finding a Preservationist

Before choosing a preservationist, do a little detective work. You’ll need to investigate where to take your gown for cleaning a few weeks before the wedding. That way, if your dress is stained badly or damaged on your wedding day, a family or bridal party member can take your dress to the preservationist for you so that you can make your honeymoon get-away. To make it super-easy, just call at 804-222-6979 or visit https://olddominioncleaners.com .  Old Dominion Cleaners will pick it up, clean your keepsake with great efficacy, and delivery it back to you in pristine condition.

Though many dry cleaners claim to clean wedding gowns, most are not specialists. Unless the dry cleaner you’re thinking of using processes more than 100 wedding gowns a year.  You want to make sure that the person taking care of your gown pays attention to detail and knows fabrics as well as how gowns are constructed.  Ask about the type of cleaning method used, do they hand clean and if they will pre-treat any stains and soiled. Also, find out if the company does the work on location or if they ship gowns elsewhere to be cleaned and packaged. Don’t rule a company out if they don’t work in-house, especially if they have good reviews.

Ask Questions

Ask your gown preservationist whether you must sign a release or disclaimer because these documents sometimes state that the company isn’t responsible for any damage done to the gown during the cleaning process. You will want to find someone who will guarantee every last bead and sequin. Next, ask if the company offers a warranty and how they will reimburse you if you find the gown to be damaged after a certain number of years. Read the fine print of the agreement: some companies will refund the preservation cost—not the replacement value of the dress. And consider it a red flag if they claim the warranty is void if you open the box. Finally, beware of companies that give quotes over the phone—different materials and stains require specialized care. Your gown will receive the best care if it’s individually inspected before a price is given.

Wedding Dress Cleaning Techniques

Some gown specialists use the wet cleaning method, which consists of gently washing the gown by hand with gentle cleansers that remove noticeable stains and unseen stains, such as champagne and sugar. If left untreated, unseen stains can oxidize and turn yellow over time. Other companies use a more traditional dry-cleaning method, which involve pre-treating the stains and then placing the garment in a dry-cleaning machine. “The solvent in the machine should be safe for fragile decorations, and these should be protected with muslin during the cleaning cycle or removed before cleaning and re-sewn onto your gown afterward,” says Conant. Solvents such as perchloroethylene (perc for short) or petroleum-based cleansers are used as stain removers. Petroleum-based solvents aren’t as aggressive as perc, and they’re also not as powerful in stain removal, but, due to its high oil content, petroleum nourishes certain fabrics and can give them a lovely sheen.

Pristine Packaging

The correct packaging materials are utterly imperative for guaranteeing the life of your gown. And all storage materials should be clean and completely acid-free. After the cleaning process, your preservationist will wrap your dress in acid-free paper or muslin, then place in an acid-free or pH-neutral box, which allow the gown to breathe and adjust with changing temperatures. Some boxes feature a viewing window: a clear panel designed so you can see your gown without opening the box. If your box features a window, look for acetate rather than plastic, and keep the box out of direct light, which can yellow the fabric over time. Some companies utilize boxes with Coroplast, a specially designed plastic known for its durability.

Handling Your Wedding Dress

While some companies choose to seal the box to keep out insects and vermin, others say sealing is unnecessary, if the gown is packaged correctly. If you do open the box, remember to use discretion when handling the dress.  We recommends wearing clean white cotton gloves (which many preservationists provide to you), but at a minimum be sure to wash your hands first. “There is no inherent reason why you cannot open your gown. Talk to your preservationist about including other item such as jewelry and shoes to you box. It may not be the best idea depending on the type of materials you’ll want to include, but your professional will have an opinion on how to store properly.

Money Matters

Fabric, decoration, ornamentation and degree of stain damage determine the preservation price of a gown. “Your heavily beaded silk ball gown will cost more than a simple polyester gown you wore on the beach, and you should never trust your designer gown to someone offering a bargain price. Saving a few dollars is simply not worth the risk of ruining your wedding dress. Expect to pay $100-$250 with Old Dominion Cleaners, though prices can go as high as $1,000 depending on the gown and location. Costs vary across the country, with higher prices in metropolitan areas.

Before & After

To help maintain the integrity of your gown, there are some things you should not do before sending it to be cleaned and preserved. First, don’t wrap your dress in plastic. This can seal in off-gassing vapors and trap moisture, inviting mold and mildew. Don’t hang your dress on an ordinary wooden or wire hanger—the weight of the dress will stretch and distort the weave of the fabric—try a plastic or padded hanger instead. Don’t try to clean the stains yourself —you risk setting them in the fabric. Once your gown is back from the preservationist, pay attention to storage. “Keep your dress in a cool, dark and dry environment with a relative humidity at 50 percent at all times. Most professionals agree that light and heat play the most damaging roles when it comes to gown preservation. As a guideline, store your preserved gown in a place where you would feel physically comfortable. That rules out a hot attic or damp basement. Under your bed or in a dry closet are your best bets.

Wedding Dress Preservation On a Budget

If you already spent most of your wedding budget, it is possible to preserve your wedding dress at home, though it won’t be perfect and may retain stains. Conant suggests, “Cloth or tyvek bags can offer short-term protection, but your gown should not hang for long periods of time, and a wedding chest provides more protection from sharp objects, smoke and from fire.” The acidic content of ordinary paper will literally scorch your gown. Don’t use colored tissue paper either. If the box accidentally becomes wet, it could stain your gown. For storage, professionals recommend wrapping the gown in pre-washed unbleached muslin, and then placing it in a sturdy box under your bed. That way, if you decide to preserve your gown down the road, it will be right there waiting for you.

For answers to more questions, visit us at https://olddominioncleaners.com

The Art Of Ironing

How do we iron hundreds of shirts?
One at a time.

We don’t have some huge, automated machine in the back ruthlessly ironing hundreds of shirts per minute all by itself.

The real magic at Old Dominion Cleaners is in skilled handwork. Our professional equipment lets us press more thoroughly, and, yes, a little faster, but not at lightning speed. At least, not if you care to do it right, which we do. We wouldn’t think of turning everything over to a machine. We insist on having your shirts cared for by a real person, carefully trained, who is really, really fussy.

You’d see for yourself if you watched us press a shirt. You’d see one of our people taking time to gingerly adjust and fuss by hand while doing the body of the shirt, and then resume fussing all over again using a special iron made just for collars and cuffs. Next, you’d see more hand-adjusting and fussing as your shirt was gently positioned, just so, on a soft, body-shaped cushion for perfect pressing.

The next step, “curing,” has no at-home equivalent. We use a special iron to smooth collars and make them perfectly round. Curing eliminates those annoying inside ridges, so the collar feels natural around the neck and folds nicely down for an even, finished look.

Even after all that, no shirt leaves our facility until one of our surest-eyed people inspects and passes it. Their job is to inspect every shirt—every single one—for the tiniest detail. On-the-spot, they use hand irons for touch-up. Most people have to squint to see what catches their trained eye. (When other cleaners call us nitpicky, we take it as a compliment.)

Don’t let our fast turnaround fool you. With every shirt, we exercise the kind of care we think you’d want us to.

For answers to more frequently asked questions, visit us at www.olddominioncleaners.com