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DLI school readies classes for 2018
The Drycleaning and Laundry Institute has scheduled seven installments of its
comprehensive introductory and advanced classes throughout the year with the first two set
to begin starting in late February.
The five-day Introduction to Drycleaning course will run from Feb. 26 to March 2 at DLI’s
School, followed by an offering of its ten-day Advanced Drycleaning course from March 5 to
The introductory course will help industry newcomers or those with less than one year of
production experience learn about a wide variety of topics ranging from sorting drycleaning
loads and soil and cleaning theory to stain removal procedures and using tensioning
equipment to improve finishing quality.
The class will also explore topics like fibers and their characteristics, pressing pants, coats
and skirts, cleaning silk, satin and other fabrics and fabric constructions.
The class will also take place on three other occasions throughout 2018: June 4 to 8; July
16 to 20; and Oct. 15 to 19.
It meets from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday and tuition is $1,095 for DLI
members (or $959 each for two or more from the same member company.
Non-members must pay $1,449 each.
Those who complete the introductory course or who have a few years of production
experience may want to consider the advanced course, which covers many of the same topics
but is much more in-depth.
Advance class students will also learn about subjects such as using bleaches, wetcleaning
wools, silks and more, maintaining and changing filters, troubleshooting the drycleaning
machine, distillation procedures, current regulations facing the drycleaning industry, customer
service techniques, getting clean, white laundry, pressing laundered shirts, designing the
most effective work flow and understanding the differences between solvents including perc,
GreenEarth, hydrocarbon and K4.
The advanced class meets from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday for two
consecutive weeks. Other dates in 2018 include: July 23 to Aug. 3 and Oct. 22 to Nov. 2.
Tuition is $1,549 for DLI members (or $1,349 each for two or more from the same member
company). Non-members must pay $2,049 each to attend.
There are discounts available for those who opt to take the introductory and advanced
classes concurrently (over a three-week period). Students who sign up for both classes only
pay $1,895 each for members (or $1,595 each for two or more from the same member
company) and non-members pay $2,795 each.
For information on any of DLI’s courses or to register online, visit www.dlionline.org.
The tuition for the classes covers classroom instruction, lunch, notebook and other
materials. Attendees are on their own for breakfast, dinner and lodging expenses.
Scholarships are available for DLI members located in the United States and Canada. For
more information on eligibility requirements or applying, contact DLI’s register at (800) 638-
2627 or (301) 622-1900 ext. 1103.
For information on any of DLI’s courses or to register online, visit www.dlionline.org.
The DLI School of Drycleaning Technology is located at 14700 Sweitzer Lane in Laurel with
three airports in the vicinity: Baltimore Washington International (approximately 20 miles
away); Reagan National in Virginia (approximately 35 miles away); and Dulles International of
Virginia (about 50 miles away).
Taxis are available but the cost can typically exceed $60 for a one-way trip. DLI
recommends checking on hotel shuttle options for the trip.

PDCA to host Expo 2018 in Baltimore, MD
The Pennsylvania and Delaware Cleaners Association will take a break from tradition this
year for its Expo 2018.
Instead of being held in Atlantic City, NJ, the venue will be moved to the Baltimore
Convention Center in Maryland for the weekend, which is set to take place from Nov. 9 to 11.
The convention center is located at 1 W. Pratt St. and features a total of 1,225,000 sq. ft.
since its expansion and renovation completed in 1997. Additionally, there is 300,000 sq. ft. of
exhibit hall space and 85,000 sq. ft. devoted to the meeting rooms.
PDCA believes the new location will provide easier access for attendees traveling from
central and western Pennsylvania, as well as other area.
It is located only about eight miles from BWI airport, making transportation more
convenient from those who are arriving from greater distances.
Coming up long before the convention will be an open board meeting for the association
that is planned to be held at Nittany Lion Inn in State College on March 10.
For more information on any of PDCA’s upcoming events, visit them online at