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Removing Mud Stains

mud stains

Q: How do you remove mud stains? A: Most mud stains can be removed by washing the item according to the care instructions. Let the mud dry, then brush off as much as possible using a soft bristle b...

Posted By Harry Kimmel | 8/31/2016 12:49:33 PM

Fleece Fuzzballs


Q: My customer is complaining about a rough texture on a once soft, fluffy jacket. Did I do something wrong when I cleaned it? What can I do to make this fabric smoother? A: This sounds like the f...

Posted By Harry Kimmel | 8/24/2016 12:20:28 PM

Drapery Streaks


Q: After drycleaning, my customer’s pale pink drapes had yellow streaks. I tried re-cleaning in clear solvent, but this process did not improve the appearance. What happened, and how can I prevent it?...

Posted By Harry Kimmel | 8/17/2016 3:15:16 PM

Smart Enough to Know We Don’t Know Everything


By Mary Scalco, DLI CEO As a member serving organization, DLI is expected to provide services and information and know the answer on a wide variety of topics. In most cases we are pretty good. As ...

Posted By Harry Kimmel | 8/16/2016 12:14:23 PM

DLI Certification

Get Certified with DLI! DLI offers three certification designations to drycleaners: Certified Professional Drycleaner (CPD®), Certified Environmental Drycleaner (CED®), and Certified Professional W...

Posted By Harry Kimmel | 8/12/2016 11:46:32 AM

Incontinent Pads

Incontinent Pads

Q: After repeated washing, incontinent pads show thinning of the facing. This damage is more apparent at the outer edges. What causes this damage? A: This type of thinning results from normal use ...

Posted By Harry Kimmel | 8/10/2016 3:43:27 PM

Two Revised Federal Posters

Two Federal Posters Revised The Department of Labor has recently revised two federal posters due to the EEOC's new changes in penalty violations of workplace posting requirements. The Fair Labor Stan...

Posted By Harry Kimmel | 8/9/2016 9:35:37 AM

Shine on Dark Garments

Shine on Velvet

Q: I am having problems pressing dark color navy blue, brown, and black jackets and blazers. What is the best way to press such garments? A: Care must be taken when finishing garments like these. ...

Posted By Harry Kimmel | 8/5/2016 11:55:00 AM

Starch and Your Shirts


Starch and sizings are laundry additives that can increase the firmness of fabrics, particularly dress shirts. A DLI study showed starch and sizings can both protect and harm shirts at the same time. ...

Posted By Harry Kimmel | 8/2/2016 9:56:44 AM