LAUREL, Md. — “DLI exists to help dry cleaners succeed!” So says its motto.
To that end, the Drycleaning & Laundry Institute (DLI) School of Drycleaning Technology, last year, trained 30 students in the art and science of running a successful drycleaning business, it reports.
Students attended DLI’s 376th General Drycleaning Course, comprised of the one-week Introduction to Drycleaning and two-week Advanced Drycleaning Courses. In these courses, students learned 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;
• Wet cleaning wool, silk, and more;
• Designing a drycleaning plant with the most effective workflow.
The next complete DLI courses offered in 2020 are on these dates:
• Introduction to Drycleaning: February 24-28;
• Advanced Drycleaning: March 2-13.
Founded in 1927, DLI’s School of Drycleaning Technology has, as it notes, “Helped shape the careers of thousands of dry cleaners worldwide.”