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Personal Care and Positive Attitudes

James Smith |

Every drycleaning store needs to stand out from the competition —...

Can a Drycleaner Switch to an All-Wetcleaning Operation?

Alan Spielvogel |

Q: With perc under so much pressure from regulators, I’m interested in...

Flying the Unfriendly Skies

Everett Childers |

People often compare drycleaners and airlines in terms of service and...

Treating Protein Stains on the Wet Side

Martin L. Young Jr. |

Not all stains come out in the machine. That statement may be contrary...

Good Stain Removal Has Its Perks

Martin L. Young Jr. |

I’m thankful for specialty coffees and all the places that sell a vast...

Equity Can Be Key to Expansion

Howard Scott |

Though these are tough economic times, many drycleaners still need to...

Weighing the Costs of Clean

Diana Vollmer |

To travel or not to travel — that is the question. To visit and...

How Can I Remove Easter-Egg Dyes Consistently?

Alan Spielvogel |

Q: Easter is always the time I get lots of frilly, child-sized dresses...

What Are the Advantages & Disadvantages of Paying Per Piece?

Alan Spielvogel |

Q: We currently pay our finishers by the hour. To reduce production...

Toward a ‘Greener’ Planet

Diana Vollmer |

A lot has been written about “going green” — using “environmentally...

The Golden Rule Pays Off

Diana Vollmer |

The other day, I was visiting a drycleaning plant when a maintenance man...

Advertising in Tough Times

Laurie L. Wilson |

Your first reaction to a sales slowdown in tough economic times is to...

Make Every ‘I Do’ a Can-Do

Martin L. Young Jr. |

The ad promotes outdoor weddings by a lake. It doesn’t mention anything...

Suppliers, Vendors and Partners

Diana Vollmer |

Suppliers and vendors are critical to the success or failure of a...

What’s the Best Way to Remove Rock Salt Stains?

Ian P. Murphy |

Q: With all of the snowstorms this year, we’ve been getting a lot of...

Auto Assembly and Knowledge Creep

Tom Grant |

One of the jobs of a firm is to transform "inputs" of labor and capital...

Auto Assembly and Knowledge Creep

Tom Grant |

One of the jobs of a firm is to transform "inputs" of labor and capital...

What's the Difference Between Starch and Sizing?

Alan Spielvogel |

Q: What’s the difference between starch and sizing? Can spray starch be...

Practice Your Regluing Technique

Tom Lucenta |

Using a syringe to reglue sewn cuffs and hems eliminates the need to...

Cleaning the Latest Fashions Safely

Everett Childers |

When one thinks of haute couture, one thinks of the emaciated models who...

Make Stains Vanish without a Trace

Martin L. Young Jr. |

Exceeding customer expectations is about taking the time to do things...

Wise Investors Stray from the Herd

William J. (Bill) Lynott |

When it comes to investing money, human nature likes to play tricks on...

Resisting a Financial Panic

Howard Scott |

Since the end of summer, times have been getting tough. It seems like...

Weeding Out the Bad Seeds

Dr. John Spomar Jr., DBA, CED |

Employees are like weeds. They’re usually “green” when I hire them, and...

The Bailout’s Breaks: Wall Street Rescue Provides Tax Credits, Deductions (Part 2 of 2)

Mark E. Battersby |

The Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 (EESA) is designed to...

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