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A Simple Way to Save

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Q: How can a drycleaner save fuel without investing capital?
 A: One way is to make sure your boiler is working only when it needs to. If the plant stops work at 3:30 p.m. at what time 10 sho...

Posted By Harry Kimmel | 8/26/2015 3:38:46 PM

Boiler Shut Down

Boiler Chart

Q: My boiler keeps shutting down. What could be causing this? A: There are many causes of a boiler shut off. One possible cause is called low water cut-off. Low water cut-off prevents serious da...

Posted By Harry Kimmel | 3/4/2016 2:01:58 PM

Checking for Leaky Steam Traps


Steam traps found in drycleaning plants should have an inlet temperature of about 300 degrees Fahrenheit and an outlet temperature of about 225 degrees F—a difference of about 75 degrees F. There are ...

Posted By Harry Kimmel | 2/8/2018 10:27:05 AM

DLI Partners with Starchup to Offer Smart Routes and Mobile Technology

Customer App

DLI Members Get 15% Discount; Customers Can Order From Any Device Pickup and delivery services are a great way to offer more convenience to drycleaning customers. Many customers want to be able to...

Posted By Harry Kimmel | 6/7/2016 12:12:55 PM

Free Webpage Offers Invaluable Benefit to DLI Members

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Somewhere a customer is searching for a drycleaner in her city. The yellow pages have been recycled long ago, the newspaper subscriptions have been cancelled. She's searching Google on her smartp...

Posted By Harry Kimmel | 6/28/2016 9:18:09 AM

Leaky Steam Traps

Testing a steam trap with a laser thermometer

Q: When I drive up to my plant in the mornings I see lots of steam blowing out of the return tank exhaust. This seems like a lot of steam being wasted and it’s sure to be costing me money. Is there...

Posted By Harry Kimmel | 9/14/2015 1:55:15 PM

Measuring Customer Service for Better Management

Mystery shopping program data shows improvements among participating members.

By Carolyn Nankervis, CEO of DLI's Mystery Shopping partner, MarketWise Consulting, reports on how the program helps cleaners improve their game at the counter. Good news for customers of DLI memb...

Posted By Harry Kimmel | 9/17/2015 10:20:27 AM

NIE Insurance Wins DLI Endorsement


NIE Returns to Its Roots The Drycleaning & Laundry Institute (DLI) and NIE Insurance announced that DLI is exclusively endorsing NIE’s business insurance program for DLI’s U.S. members. Members ...

Posted By Harry Kimmel | 4/8/2016 1:47:15 PM

Pipe Insulation

Q: Do I need to have my steam pipes insulated? A: Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) law requires insulation of all steam pipes below a height of seven feet. This is for your pr...

Posted By Harry Kimmel | 3/28/2017 8:13:06 AM

Production Standards

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Are you experiencing high payroll costs, low productivity, or poor quality? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, you might find some improvement in establishing production standards for eac...

Posted By Harry Kimmel | 7/26/2017 11:59:40 AM

Quick Fix to Stop Breaking Collar Buttons

Too much pressure can cause collar buttons to crack and break.

Q: What can we do to prevent the breaking and cracking of the small buttons used to hold the collar down on shirts? We try to keep the padding in good shape but the buttons just keep breaking. A:...

Posted By Harry Kimmel | 9/18/2015 10:44:10 AM

Saving Money with Insulation

Insulating your presses will reduce heat and energy costs.

Q: My plant stays hot throughout the entire year. I have ventilation fans, swamp coolers, and all of my pipes are covered with insulation, but the heat is still high. Financially, I’m not able to p...

Posted By Harry Kimmel | 9/3/2015 10:22:57 AM

Service Issues


Q: Occasionally our equipment breaks down and we can’t get a repair person to come for several days. This causes customer dissatisfaction. What can we do to improve this situation? A: First of a...

Posted By Harry Kimmel | 11/11/2015 9:00:01 AM

Slow Drying of a Drycleaning Load


Q: Recently, I have noticed the clothes I process are taking too long to dry. Can you suggest a cause? A: There are several causes that can lead to slow drying of a load. 1. A heavy load: A ful...

Posted By Harry Kimmel | 2/4/2016 12:17:44 PM

Steaming Return Tank

Steam gauge

Q: I notice a lot of steam rising out of the return tank in my boiler room. Is this normal or is something wrong? A: This is not normal. The problem could be caused by one or more steam traps not op...

Posted By Harry Kimmel | 3/2/2016 12:50:52 PM

Water Separator

Water Separator

Q: I just purchased a plant that has a petroleum machine. The previous owner suggested I clean the water separator regularly but I really don’t know why. Everything is working fine right now. A: T...

Posted By Harry Kimmel | 4/18/2016 8:00:26 AM

Why Dry Cleaning Companies Rely on Air Vacuums

Air vacuums are an essential part of any equipment line up in the fabricare industry. By working together with the steam machine, air vacuums allow for a quicker drop in steam consumption, resultin...

Posted By Harry Kimmel | 9/20/2017 11:36:06 AM
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