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“Spot Clean Only” Care Label

Q: I received a garment that had a care label stating “Spot Clean Only.” Is this a valid care label? How should I handle this garment? A: The Federal Trade Commission considers this a valid care l...

Posted By Harry Kimmel | 4/26/2016 3:00:52 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

Allergic Reaction


Q: My customer said the jacket I cleaned is causing her skin to itch. Is this possible? A: Some individuals are sensitive or allergic to certain fibers, dyes or finishes present on a fabric from ...

Posted By Harry Kimmel | 4/12/2016 10:05:51 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

Overturn Old Habits with New Ideas

Some years ago while I was serving on the board of the Southeastern Fabricare Association, we had a Member to Member program for anyone needing a little help. SEFA received a request from a couple in ...

Posted By Harry Kimmel | 4/8/2016 7:55:11 AM

Mysterious Underarm Discoloration


Q: I just took a blue silk blouse out of the cleaning machine and where the perspiration has discolored the underarms, holes have appeared. This has happened before and the customers always think i...

Posted By Harry Kimmel | 4/7/2016 2:11:53 PM

Membership Shows its Real Value


More operators are taking advantage of DLI’s revised fee schedule, which simplifies access to membership benefits. By Ian P. Murphy Early in 2014, the Drycleaning & Laundry Institute (DLI) mad...

Posted By Harry Kimmel | 4/7/2016 2:07:36 PM

Chemical Damage of Nursing Home Items

Nursing Home

Q: I recently started to launder cotton items for several nursing homes and have noticed that the fabric seems to wear rapidly. An analysis report indicated that the pH is alkaline and that bleach ...

Posted By Harry Kimmel | 4/5/2016 3:24:48 PM