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School of Drycleaning Technology Reopens

DLI’s in-person course to commence in October

LAUREL, Md. — After being closed because of the pandemic, the Drycleaning & Laundry Institute (DLI) recently announced that its School of Drycleaning Technology is set to reopen, offering in-person resident drycleaning courses this fall.

The School’s first General Course is set to run from Oct. 4-22, and can be taken as a complete three-week course or can be broken into two parts:

  • Introduction to Drycleaning Course: October 4–8, 2021
  • Advanced Drycleaning Course: October 11–22, 2021

Introduction to Drycleaning

DLI’s Introduction to Drycleaning Course is geared toward individuals new to the industry or who have less than one year of experience. Topics include:

  • Sorting loads for drycleaning
  • Cleaning silk, satin and other fabrics 
  • Operating a drycleaning machine 
  • Removing coffee ink, grease and other stains from clothing 
  • Pressing pants, coats, and skirts 
  • Using tensioning equipment to improve finishing quality

Advanced Drycleaning Course

The 10-day Advanced Drycleaning Course is for cleaners who have completed the Introduction Course or have hands-on production experience and knowledge of basic stain removal and finishing techniques. Topics will include:

  • Identifying cotton, silk, polyester and other fabrics
  • Using bleaches without damaging the fabric color 
  • Pressing blouses, dresses, ties, pleated garments, silks, velvets, corduroy 
  • Wetcleaning wool, silk, and more 
  • Maintaining and changing filters 
  • Troubleshooting problems with the drycleaning machine 
  • Using tensioning equipment to improve finishing quality 
  • Current regulations facing the drycleaning industry 
  • Customer service techniques for drycleaners 
  • Getting clean, white laundry 
  • Cleaning and preserving wedding gowns 
  • Understand the difference between solvents including perc, GreenEarth® hydrocarbon and SOLVONK4 
  • Pressing laundered shirts 
  • Designing a drycleaning plant with the most effective workflow

For more information, visit DLI’s website, or call 800-638-2627.




School of Drycleaning Technology Reopens

As part of their lessons, each student of the Drycleaning & Laundry Institute’s School of Drycleaning Technology is assigned their own spotting board for the hands-on experience that is crucial to mastering stain removal. (Photo: Drycleaning & Laundry Institute)

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