Consumer Blog

Dry Cleaners' Guide: Dress Shirts That Last!

Posted by: Bill Rothrock, CGCP
Posted: Jan 17, 2022
Every day at Yale Cleaners, we clean, starch and press several thousand men’s dress shirts. Over the years this adds up to hundreds of thousands of shirts processed. Some shirts we only press once, while others will be cleaned numerous times. But did you know, manufacturers design and construct shirts to only withstand being worn about 35 times? Their intended purpose is for a shirt to be worn every other week for about a... [ Read More ]


Curt Rothrock heads flagship location, adding fourth-generation leadership to Yale Cleaners

Posted by: Kate Spillman
Posted: May 28, 2021
At 12, William Curtis Rothrock IV, known as Curt to everyone, began working at Yale Cleaners, officially marking the start of a fourth generation of family members to join the company. It was a humble beginning, though. He wasn’t given special treatment or passes to avoid the hard work. In fact, he was given a mop and a bucket. “I started out as a mop boy in my dad’s store,” Curt said. “And, then, I would sort... [ Read More ]


The dry cleaner’s dirty secret: Dirty solvent

Posted by: Kayte Spillman
Posted: Apr 15, 2021
The dry cleaning industry has a dirty little secret.  Many dry cleaners actually use dirty solvent to clean your clothes, but Yale Cleaners is clearly different. But before we get into the details, you may be asking yourself – what is dry cleaning solvent? Dry cleaning really is a simple process that most people don’t understand.  In short, we clean your clothes in a liquid other than water.  So, water equals... [ Read More ]


Yale Cleaners offers first in the nation same-day, on-demand dry cleaning delivery

Posted by: Kayte Spillman
Posted: Mar 08, 2021
Let’s face it: When looking at our errand list, we’re really great at dropping off our laundry to the cleaners. But, after a hectic day with even more left to do, it seems harder to carve out time to make it back by the cleaners to pick it up. We hear you: Yale Cleaners now offers same-day, on-demand delivery of items dropped off at any of our 11 Green Country locations. Simply swing your clothes by anytime before... [ Read More ]


Longtime Yale Expert Retiring After 35 Years

Posted by: Julie Rothrock
Posted: Feb 10, 2021
35 years ago, a country girl from Oklahoma City moved to Tulsa looking for a fresh start. Lenda Schoemann had been working at her family’s dry cleaner since she was a young teen. So, when she received a call from then President, Bill Rothrock of Yale Cleaners offering her a job, it seemed like the perfect opportunity. Little did she know at that time, she would not only find a career at Yale Cleaners, she would find that... [ Read More ]


Start off 2021 organized: Tips to tame your closet

Posted by: John Rothrock
Posted: Jan 01, 2021
The new year always begins with it lots of dedication to doing better – eating healthy, scheduling exercise and tackling home projects always top the list of New Year’s resolutions. Often, we abandon these new ideals as real life kicks in after the holidays. But, here is a resolution that you can start and finish before you lose steam: In just one day, you can overhaul your wardrobe and organize your closet.By... [ Read More ]


Yale Cleaners began with family, stayed with family

Posted by: Kayte Spillman
Posted: Dec 14, 2020
After beginning in a storefront on Route 66, two brothers-in-law joined forces to buy Yale Cleaners from founder Jim Hodges. And it’s been a family affair ever since. In fact, dry cleaning was in the family’s blood even before they bought Yale Cleaners in 1959. “Our dry cleaning history really dates back to the mid ‘40s when my grandfather walked down the street to the dry cleaners on Main Street in Broken Arrow... [ Read More ]


34th Annual Trav’s Coats for Kids Coat Drive runs through Dec. 31

Posted by: Julie Rothrock
Posted: Nov 02, 2020
At Yale Cleaners, our favorite time of year is the annual Trav’s Coats for Kids coat drive, and we’re kicking off the 34th annual drive this month. This year, the 34th Annual Trav’s Coats for Kids coat drive began Nov. 1 and will run through Dec. 31. Gently used coats are accepted at all 11 Yale Cleaners locations. Every year, Trav’s Coats for Kids coat drive receives between 10,000-12,000 coats from across the... [ Read More ]


On My Way app feature provides contactless, quicker pick-up service – with a 20% discount

Posted by: John Rothrock
Posted: Oct 21, 2020
Yale Cleaners is proud to announce a new feature – On My Way – as a part of the Yale Cleaners Plus service, accessed through the Yale Cleaners app. The in-app feature will provide additional safety measures, reduce wait time during pickup and lower costs for customers. Using On My Way, customers can click a button, skip the traditional line and have their clothing brought to them – all with a 20% discount. Simply... [ Read More ]


Dry Cleaning Expert: Rafael Espitia

Posted by: John Rothrock
Posted: Oct 07, 2020
Everybody knows Yale Cleaners for their Speed, Service, and Dependability. Those things are made possible because of our amazing staff who work day after day. It’s their commitment to serving customers that has built Yale’s reputation as being the premier Dry Cleaner in Tulsa, Oklahoma and surrounding areas. One man you may see at any of the 11 area Yale Cleaners locations is Rafael Espitia, Assistant District Manager.... [ Read More ]


Turn Up the Heat, The Value of Drycleaning in the Wake of the Coronavirus

Posted by: John Rothrock, CGCP
Posted: Mar 13, 2020
Updated: 3/17/2020Yale Cleaners is asking customers to please only use our covered drive through service. Customers dropping off clothing should place those items in the backseat, or trunk of their car. Alternately, use your passenger seat. Also, we are no longer accepting recycled hangers at this time. Yale Cleaners is an essential service and open for business. Our high-temperature cleaning process is your dependable... [ Read More ]


Dry Cleaning Expert: Brad Doss

Posted by: John Rothrock, CGCP
Posted: Apr 18, 2019
Every day at Yale Cleaners, we promise our customers same day dry cleaning and shirt laundry service; drop off by 12, ready by 5. With 12 full service dry cleaning plants, utilizing hundreds of dry cleaning machines, washers and presses, a lot can go wrong. To help us deliver on our promise, Yale Cleaners’ maintenance engineer Brad Doss is charged with keeping all our equipment running. While you will probably never meet... [ Read More ]


Tulsa's Favorite Dry Cleaner For 75 Years

Posted by: John Rothrock, CGCP
Posted: Mar 12, 2019
What an amazing accomplishment, this year Yale Cleaners is celebrating our 75th anniversary in business. From our humble beginnings of a single store on Route 66, to currently twelve locations serving Tulsa, Owasso, Broken Arrow, and Sapulpa. As our city has grown, so have we. My family and I are so blessed and thankful for the support of this amazing community. To kick off our year of celebration, I have commissioned a... [ Read More ]


It's An Ink War - Hairspray VS A Professional Dry Cleaner

Posted by: Bill Rothrock, CGCP
Posted: Aug 21, 2018
I have been a dry cleaner for more than 25 years. During this time, I have seen and heard a lot of crazy things. However, there is one urban stain removal legend that stands out above the rest. This myth is so prevalent, it's been on the Oprah Show, is in countless YouTube videos, and numerous blogs. What's the myth? Hairspray will remove a stubborn ink stain. Unfortunately, I have seen many garments ruined by someone... [ Read More ]


Best Dry Cleaning Price - Best Dry Cleaning Service

Posted by: John Rothrock, CGCP
Posted: May 13, 2018
Did you know, Yale Cleaners has the BEST prices for dry cleaning and laundry services in Tulsa, Broken Arrow, and Owasso? From time-to-time, I hear someone say that Yale Cleaners is the most expensive dry cleaners in town. But that could not be further from the truth. Over the last 18 years, Yale Cleaners has invested heavily in computer technology, equipment, and training to keep costs down. Simply put, our goal is to... [ Read More ]


5 Things You Need To Know When Selecting A New Dry Cleaner

Posted by: John Rothrock, CGCP
Posted: Mar 23, 2018
1. Shirt Quality It might sound totally crazy, but the first thing you should do when selecting a new dry cleaner is look at the quality of their laundered shirts. For a dry cleaner, a perfect dress shirt is the hardest item to consistently get right every time. For the customer, it is the easiest item to judge a dry cleaner's quality and attention to detail. Look for these quality points when inspecting laundered... [ Read More ]


Dry Cleaning Expert: Bill Rothrock

Posted by: John Rothrock, CGCP
Posted: Jan 24, 2018
Yale Cleaners expert Bill Rothrock, III is a third-generation dry cleaner that started learning the business at a young age from his grandpa Jim. Bill would follow his grandpa through the main plant and watch him remove stains from clothes. Watching his grandpa work his magic to remove a tough stain, is what inspired Bill to follow in his footsteps. In 1992, Bill went to the Drycleaning & Laundry Institute where he... [ Read More ]


Car Hop Service

Posted by: John Rothrock, CGCP
Posted: Jan 08, 2018
Did you know Yale Cleaners debuted Oklahoma's first Car Hop Service in 1981? When my grandpa Jim and father Bill came up with the idea, no one had ever heard of the concept. In fact, grandpa asked Dad, "What are we going to call it?" Dad stated, "Car Hop Service" after the 50's style waiter or waitress that brought fast food to people in their cars at drive-in restaurants. The two quickly went to work building their... [ Read More ]


New Customer Letter and Gift Certificate

Posted by: John Rothrock, CGCP
Posted: Dec 27, 2017
Dear New Yale Customer, Yale Cleaners is a small family business dedicated to providing Tulsans’ with the best dry cleaning experience. Yale makes going to the dry cleaners convenient with 12 locations in Tulsa, Broken Arrow, Owasso and Sapulpa; close to where you live or work. Our cleaning facilities feature many creature comforts including covered parking and car-hop service. We pride ourselves in being the only dry... [ Read More ]


Dry Cleaners' Guide: Dress Shirts That Last!

Posted by: Bill Rothrock, CGCP
Posted: Dec 07, 2017
We all know that feeling, the moment you find the perfect dress shirt. From the way it looks, to the way it fits, everything is simply perfect. Now imagine the feeling when your favorite shirt doesn't look or fit the way it did when it was first purchased. It's very frustrating! As a lifelong dry cleaner, I can tell you with certainty, that all dress shirts are NOT created equal. We all invest our hard-earned money into... [ Read More ]