The Fabricare Forum is an e-mail discussion group hosted on Yahoogroups. Current
membership numbers about 1,500 and includes cleaners and allied trades people
around the world. Membership is free and open to anyone involved in the fabric
The forum was founded in 1995 by Dave Spensley, a California drycleaner who is
retired. Hal Horning, editor of National Clothesline, currently serves as
moderator of the
group. The list generates 800 to 1,200 e-mail messages a month. Participants
several options for receiving messages: individual e-mails; a digest format; or
Fabricare Forum web site.
Everett Childers has been a plant owner, educator, consultant, department head and
instructor at Oklahoma State University during his career in the industry. He is
author of The Master Drycleaners Notebook (see below) and has an informative web
Don Desrosiers provides services to shirt launderers and drycleaners as a workflow
engineer and management consultant. Has been in the drycleaning and shirt
business since 1978. Many of his National Clothesline articles along with
about his products and services can be found on his Tailwind Systems web site.
Dan Eisen, the former chief garment analyst for the National Cleaners Association,
offers independent garment analysis and provides consulting services to the
drycleaning and wetcleaning. His book, “Professional Guide to Restoration on Fabrics,
Suedes and Leather,” is the only restoration manual that deals with restoring color and
camouflaging discolorations. He can be reached by phone at (772) 340-0909 or (772)
579-5044 or through his website,
Harvey Gershenson is a second-generation drycleaner who has been in the industry
since he was in high school. The former owner of Sterling Dry Cleaners, he now
operates Sterling Dry Cleaning Consulting in which he specializes in helping owners
increase sales and profitability.
Sandra Haralson strives to provide down-to-earth assistance and training to startups
and established operations alike. To learn more, visit the Sandra Haralson Drycleaning
Consulting web site.
Gary Knight is a second-generation drycleaner who has been involved in the industry
for over 47 years. As an instructor he tries to show finishers methods that will help
produce a higher quality garment with fewer steps. He also addresses importance
work standards to management and personnel. See his company’s web site, American
Dry Cleaning Training Services.
James Peuster offers on-site training in all aspects of routes. He views management,
marketing and maintenance as key components in developing million-dollar routes.
his Route Pro web site for more information.
Kenny Slatten has many years experience working as an instructor and trainer for
drycleaning trade associations and with individual plant owners. He assists both
and existing plants and specializes in environmental training for drycleaning
laundry industry through the Kenney Slatten Training Company.
Bill Stork joined the family business in 1965 after finishing college and working as an
industrial engineer. He later worked in equipment sales, installation, technical
assistance, sales management and plant design. He applies his 40 years of
to help with planning, layout, construction and training through his company, Dry Clean
Jane Zellers is consultant, lecturer and former owner of drycleaning establishments
who comes from a three-generation drycleaning family. She has been involved in
laundry and drycleaning industry all of her life. She offers her services
Consulting and Strategic Fabricare Solutions.
Courses and Seminars
A variety of courses are offered through several industry trade associations. To
current offerings, visit the association’s web sites. Courses and seminars are also listed
in National Clothesline’s Dateline section.
Other trade associations offer courses and seminars on an irregular basis. Check
associations’ web sites for information.
Books and DVDs
Drycleaning 101: A basic all-purpose guide to the drycleaning industry. Covers plant
layout, equipment, drycleaning basics, wetcleaning, spotting and many other
15 chapters and 124 pages.
Spotter’s Guide: Stain removal covered from A to Z by stain type. Printed on laminated
heavy gauge paper and spiral bound to so it can lay flat in the work space.
Both books are available through National Clothesline; $31.95 for Drycleaning
101 and $23.95 for the Spotter’s Guide. Phone orders with credit card payment
to (215) 830-8467 or download this order form (pdf).
Books by Dan Eisen: Dan Eisen, long-time National Clothesline columnist and former chief
garment analyst of the Natrional Cleaners Association, has distilled his decades
experience into two books, "The Art of Spotting" and "The Art of Wet Cleaning;" He
recently released a manual that covers techniques for restoration geared
drycleaners. The manual, including including full telephone assistance plus
shipping, sells for $105. For ordering or more information, contact Eisen at 274
Toscane Trail, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986; phone (772) 340-0909; cell (772)
5044; or by e-mail,
Master Drycleaners Notebook: Industry educator and consultant Everett Childers
produced the first edition of his Master Drycleaners Notebook more than 20 years ago
and has continued to revise and update it over the years. Now in its fifth
book has been translated into Spanish and includes chapters on fibers and
drycleaning technology, stain removal chemicals and procedures, wetcleaning,
bleaching and finishing. The strengths and weaknesses of various cleaning
discussed along with tips for maximizing their cleaning performance.
The book, along with a wealth of other information, is available through his web site.
Leather cleaning. Courses, books and DVDs on leather cleaning are available from Tulsa,
Oklahoma-based Royaltone Co.
On-Line catalog: Cleaners Supply offers a variety of books and video training aids by such
noted industry experts as Don Desrosiers, Sid Tuchman, James Peuster, Stan
Ann Hargrove and Steve Boorstein. Visit their web site for details.
In addition to National Clothesline, there are several trade publications for
launderers. These include:
Here are few key links to sources for information concerning government
to the drycleaning industry.
More information. FedWorld.gov “makes it easy to locate government information.”