LAUREL, Md. — The Drycleaning & Laundry Institute (DLI) School of Drycleaning Technology recently trained another group of students in the art and science of running a successful drycleaning business.
Students attended The Institute's 381st General Drycleaning Course, comprised of the one-week Introduction to Drycleaning program and the two-week Advanced Drycleaning courses.
Graduating from the Introduction to Drycleaning program, held from Oct. 17 to 21, 2022, are Brian O’Donnell of La Nuova Drycleaners in New Plymouth, New Zealand; Jennifer Saunders of East Hills Cleaners in Saint Joseph, Missouri; Taiwo Bade-John of Whiteice Laundry & Drycleaning, Services Limited in Lagos, Nigeria; Sean Rees of Magic Lockers, Inc. in Montreal, Canada; and Kevin McAllister of Kreussler, Inc. in Tampa, Florida.
Graduating from the Advanced Drycleaning Class, held from Oct. 24 to Nov. 4, are Kerry Glasgow of Sudsies Dry Cleaners in Miami Beach, Florida; Sean Rees of Magic Lockers, Inc. in Montreal, Canada; Taiwo Bade-John of Whiteice Laundry & Drycleaning Services Limited in Lagos, Nigeria; Shawn Norred of Puritan Cleaners in Richmond, Virginia; Kevin McAllister of Kreussler, Inc., in Tampa, Florida; and Brian O’Donnell of La Nuova Drycleaners in New Plymouth, New Zealand.
Founded in 1927, DLI's School of Drycleaning Technology has helped shape the careers of thousands of drycleaners worldwide. In these courses, students learned about:
- Sorting loads for drycleaning
- The science of drycleaning
- 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
DLI also announced the upcoming in-person courses that will be offered in 2023:
- Introduction to Drycleaning: March 6 – 10
- Advanced Drycleaning: March 13 – 24
- Introduction to Drycleaning: July 17 – 21
- Advanced Drycleaning: July 24 – August 4
- Introduction to Drycleaning: October 16 – 20
- Advanced Drycleaning: October 23 – November 3
Two Virtual Stain Removal Courses will also be offered in 2023. These courses are comprised of seven sessions. Each session lasts two hours. All sessions must be completed to pass the course:
- April 25, 27, May 2, 4, 9, 11, and 16
- September 12, 14, 19, 21, 26, 28, and October 3
Prospective students are invited to learn more and register at www.DLIonline.org/Education.
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