Norm Oehlke

Retired Columnist

Norm Oehlke was the author of American Drycleaner's Spotting Tips column from 1996 through 2007, as well as the author of American Drycleaner's Spotting Guide. Now retired, he spent a lifetime in the industry — first in a plant, and from 1955 through 1995 at IFI and its predecessor, NID. He resides with his wife, Adeline, in Highland, Md.

Never Let Them See Their Sweat

Ever hear this comment from a customer? "That underarm stain wasn't...

A Final Curtain Call

Some drycleaners refer to cleaning drapes, curtains, bedspreads and...

Handling The

How often have you refused to accept a garment that is extremely soiled...

Keep Napped Fabrics from Getting Nappy

‘My coat was soft and smooth when I left it for cleaning, and now it’s...

Caring for Old Glory

Memorial Day and Flag Day are coming up, meaning that Old Glory will be...

Handling Shrinkage Complaints

One of the most complex problems for the drycleaner is handling a...

How to Toast a Tannin Stain

The term “tannin” covers a broad range of stains originating from fruit...

K.O. Oxidized Oil Stains with KOH

Most yellow or yellow/brown stains that reach the spotter originate from...

Using Amyl Acetate

Amyl acetate is a dry-side agent that is much more aggressive in certain...

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