National Clothesline
National Clothesline
July 2014
National Clothesline
Coming sooner. It’s later than you think
for making Clean Show plans since the
next biennial gathering will be in the
spring, unlike the mid-summer
gatherings of recent years.
Star Service. After a lifetime of running
JB French Dry Cleaners in Los Angeles,
Bernie Barton has seen his share of
celebrities and their wardrobes.
Fond farewells. Two long-time industry
stalwarts, Doris Easley and Kenney
Slatten, have announced their
The right questions. Once the
unnecessary questions are put aside,
you can ask the questions that need time
and attention to make a difference.
Feeling the heat? With summer upon us
your, drycleaning machine’s cooling
system will be under greater stress.
Bruce Grossman offers stress relief.
Too much of a good thing. Employers
obsessed with documentation may put a
memo in the personnel file every time
they talk to an employee about anything.
To be effective, Frank Kollman says
diumentation, the amount of
documentation must be “just right.”
Those French cuffs. There are a variety
of ways to present French cuffs and
surely there is no wrong way and no
right way. Don Desrosiers looks at the
Question everything. Every marketing
activity, every plan, every “great idea,”
and every recommendation. It’s the only
way to move from hoping and assuming
to getting marketing right, says John
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NFPA updating drycleaning standard
Advances in drycleaning equipment and the types of solvents used are being considered by the National
Fire Protection Association as it revises its NFPA Standard 32 which is designed to ensure fire prevention
and safety in drycleaning plants.
NFPA’s Technical Committee on Textile and Garment Care Processes is considering a full rewrite of the
existing NFPA 32. An article in the NFPA Journal noted that stricter regulations on perc use regulations
have prompted the industry to look at alternative solvents, a significant technological shift with
important ramifications for NFPA 32, NFPA said.
“While this has led to innovative new technologies, including the use of wetcleaning methods that use
no solvents, it has also in some cases, led the industry away from nonflammable solvents and back to
its roots: the use of combustible solvents, including high-flashpoint hydrocarbons, acetal, propylene
glycol ethers, and siloxanes,” NFPA said. “Many of these replacement solvents include flashpoints
ranging from 140° F to 171° F.”  
Cleaners named Small Business Champion