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Next round of drycleaning courses at DLI begins in July
The Drycleaning and Laundry Institute will return with another offering of its flagship
introductory and advanced drycleaning courses next month.
First up will be the one-week Introduction to Drycleaning class from July 14 to 18 that
meets for five straight days from Monday to Friday. It is designed to help individuals who
are new to the industry or who have less than two years of experience.
The subject matter of the course covers a lot of ground, including: sorting loads for
drycleaning; drycleaning science; fibers and their characteristics; fabric constructions;
cleaning silk, satin and other fabrics; soil and cleaning theory; pressing pants, coats and
skirts; using tensioning equipment to improve finishing quality; and operating a drycleaning
There is also emphasis on stain removal chemistry and procedures such as removing
coffee, ink, grease and other stains from clothing.
The cost is $795 for members ($695 each for two or more people from the same member
plant) and $1,149 each for non-members. Premier Club members can enjoy one tuition
Immediately after will be a two-week advanced session for those who have completed
the introductory course or who have more than two years of industry experience. It will be
in session from July 21 to Aug. 1.
The ten-day course covers more in-depth material including: identifying cotton, silk,
polyester, and other fabrics; fiber identification through burn testing; using bleaches
without damaging color; pressing blouses, dresses, ties, pleated garments, silks, velvets
and corduroy; wetcleaning wool, silk and more; maintaining and changing filters;
distillation procedures; and troubleshooting problems with the drycleaning machine.
Other topics such as current regulations facing the drycleaning industry and
understanding the differences between solvents will also be covered. The cost is $1,249 for
members ($1,049 each for two or more from the same member plant) and $1,749 for
The tuition for cleaners who take both courses concurrently is $1,595 for members
($1,295 for multiple members from the same member plant) and $2,495 for others.
For more information, call (800) 638-2627 or see DLI’s web site at www.dlionline.org.
PDCA gears up for Expo in Atlantic City
The Pennsylvania and Delaware Cleaners Association will host its Drycleaning and
Laundry Expo convention and exhibit at the Atlantic City Convention Center on the weekend
of Oct. 18 and 19.
The association’s last show from 2012 brought together more than 1,200 attendees
visiting over 150 exhibitor booths displaying all of the latest and greatest drycleaning and
laundry equipment, technology and services.
This year’s exhibit hall will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 18 and
from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 19.
The headquarters hotel will be the Sheraton Atlantic City. Attendees will be able to enjoy
a special room rate of $164 per night for single or double occupancy. To obtain that rate,
call the hotel at (888) 627-7212 and mention your affiliation with the PDCA Expo show.
For more information on exhibiting or for additional updates on PDCA’s Expo 2014,
contact the association at (800) 822-7352 or visit them online at