DLI Intro to Drycleaning Course Hits the Road

Jean Teller |

LAUREL, Md. — A five-day Introduction to Drycleaning course, sponsored by the Drycleaning and Laundry Institute’s (DLI) School of Drycleaning Technology, will make a stop in Chicago April 30 through May 4.

Known as DLI On the Road, the course offers the opportunity to locals to train without expensive airfares, hotel accommodations, or time away from family to learn the basics of the drycleaning business.

The class, co-sponsored by the Illinois Professional Drycleaners & Launderers, will be held in the northwest Chicago suburbs. Sessions at Haiges Machinery in Huntley, Ill., and at Vogue Cleaners in Crystal Lake, Ill., are planned. Registration closes April 6.

The drycleaning course provides a solid foundation for the profession and is ideal for newcomers to the industry, DLI says. Some of the basics covered include sorting loads for dry cleaning; cleaning garments, including silk and satin; operating a drycleaning machine; removing stains, including coffee, ink and grease; pressing pants, coats and skirts; and using tensioning equipment to improve finishing quality.

For more information about this and other DLI On the Road courses, call 800-638-2627 or visit

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Jean Teller

Contributing Editor, American Trade Magazines

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Drycleaning business is going downhill.


I got out of the dry cleaning business because the EPA law is killing our industry. They banned Perc to favor hydrocarbon or Kreussler products. I will be upfront with the reader that no chemical clean better than perc. I think the biggest problem is that people don't comply to keeping their stores clean and don't update their knowledge with wet and dry cleaning. All the hangers and plastic is made out of garbage since there is no quality control in making these products. The profit margin is shrinking for distributors and manufacturer end.
Most drycleaners hire illegal and I refuse to do that. The Korean in the Northeast Region doesn’t run their business legally. I wish the state inspector asked for people who have green card and social security. I am telling you that most of them are being paid under the table. 
Distributors are being unrealistic with their profit margin and demand a lot from their sales people.  Most distributors work on 20 to 25 percent profit margin.   Korean distributors work on a lower profit margin and cash deal with their Korean customers.  The Korean owners get their financing from their church that they attend too.
I love this industry but I wouldn’t suggest anyone to go into the business because you will have to work long hours and  not enough profit to be made due to EPA  law and people pay more on credit card.


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