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Drycleaning Graduates Spring Forth

DLI trains new drycleaning pros in Intro and Advanced courses

LAUREL, Md. — Students from 10 U.S. states and one tropical island attended the Drycleaning & Laundry Institute’s (DLI) Spring 2019 Introduction to Drycleaning and Advanced Drycleaning courses.

In its 91st year, DLI notes, its School of Drycleaning Technology has trained thousands of dry cleaners all over the globe. Students learn about:

  • Sorting loads for dry cleaning;

  • The science of dry cleaning;

  • Fibers and their characteristics;

  • Fabric construction;

  • Cleaning silk, stain, and other fabrics;

  • Soil and cleaning theory;

  • Operating a drycleaning machine;

  • Stain removal chemistry and procedures;

  • Removing coffee, ink, grease, and other stains from clothing;

  • Pressing pants, coats, blouses, ties, pleated garments, and skirts;

  • Using tensioning equipment to improve finishing quality;

  • Using bleaches without damaging fabric color;

  • Distillation procedures;

  • Understanding the differences between solvent types;

  • Wetcleaning wool, silk, and more;

  • Designing a drycleaning plant with the most effective workflow.

The next complete DLI course, it notes, will be offered in two parts in July and August 2019, along with a special stand-alone Introduction to Drycleaning course in late August: Introduction to Drycleaning: July 15 – July 19; Advanced Drycleaning: July 22 – August 2; and, Stand-alone Introduction to Drycleaning course: August 19 – 23.