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Flexible Dry Cleaning Training

Learn dry cleaning skills in the classroom or online. Whether you want an introduction to dry cleaning, a more advanced overview of finishing and stain removal techniques, or you want to learn specific skills online, DLI’s School of Drycleaning Technology has you covered.

School of dry cleaning technology

Since 1927, the school of Drycleaning Technology has been the educational system that has taught dry cleaners the basics and advanced methods of effective cleaning. Every year we teach hundreds of students from all around the world and take pride in the alumni who have gone on to add value to the industry.

 Dry cleaning and laundry institute syllabus
Industry-Tested curriculum

We believe that excellence comes from relentless improvement. We evaluate each part of our curriculum every time it is taught. Over the years, we have devised a highly refined set of lessons that accelerate learning for all students.

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Hands-On Learning

Our combination of classroom and practical area allows students to master lessons in an optimal environment. Lectures are broken down into manageable chunks and applied soon afterwards on the latest industry equipment to accelerate learning.


Two-day Stain Removal Course

Two days of instruction and practical application on stain removal. This course teaches the principles and chemistry behind stain removal: how to identify stains by type and remove stains properly. The course will cover:

Removing coffee, ink, grease and other stains from clothing.
Identifying cotton, silk, polyester, and other fabrics.
Using bleaches without damaging the fabric color.
Using specialty products such as digesters, amyl acetate and ace- tone in stain removal.
Removing spotting rings and water marks.
Identifying fibers and fabric construction.
Five-day introduction to dry cleaning course

Geared toward individuals new to the industry or who have less than one year of experience. Course covers:

Sorting loads for dry cleaning
Cleaning silk, satin and other fabrics
Operating a dry cleaning machine
Removing coffee, Ink, grease and other stains from clothing
Pressing pants, coats, skirts
Using tensioning equipment to improve finishing quality
Ten-day advanced dry cleaning course

This ten-day Advanced Dry Cleaning Course is for individuals who have completed the Introduction Course or have hands-on production experience and knowledge of basic stain removal and finishing techniques. The advanced course covers:

Identifying cotton, silk, polyester and other fabrics
Using bleaches without damaging the fabric color
Pressing blouses, dresses, ties, pleated garments, silks, velvets, corduroy
Wetcleaning wool, silk, and more
Maintaining and changing filters
Troubleshooting problems with the dry cleaning machine
Using tensioning equipment to improve finishing quality
Current regulations facing the dry cleaning industry
Customer service techniques for dry cleaners
Getting clean, white laundry
Cleaning and preserving wedding gowns
Understand the difference between solvents including perc, GreeEarth ® hydrocarbon and SOLVONK4
Pressing laundered shirts
Designing a dry cleaning plant with the most effective work flow
Fifteen-day general dry cleaning course

This fifteen-day general course is made up of the introduction and Advanced Courses, These classes also can be taken individually, but DLI affiliates save $499 when taking them together.

Download a detailed syllabus of all our courses

Upcoming Course Dates

Introduction to Drycleaning

February 24 - February 28, 2020
July 13 - July 17, 2020
August 17 - August 21, 2020
October 19 - October 23, 2020

Advanced Drycleaning

March 2 - March 13, 2020
July 20 - July 31, 2020
October 26 - November 6, 2020

Stain Removal

September 23 - September 25, 2020

Financial Options

Courses at DLI’s School of Drycleaning Technology can cost up to $2,795 per person attending. For dry cleaners who plan to attend or send multiple students, DLI has created the Premier Membership: an all-access package that gives members:

  • 5 free in-person class registrations
  • 4 free self-studies
  • 3 free certifications
  • Stain removal app
  • Encyclopedia or Drycleaning app
  • 20 free garment analysis
  • 2 free clean show registrations
  • Access to DLI's Effortless Web products
  • Much More...

We highly recommend this option to students interested in using DLI’s educational benefits.


Where will courses be held?

Courses are held at the school of Drycleaning Technology located in Laurel, Maryland, just outside of Washington D.C and Baltimore. The address is :

Drycleaning & Laundry Institute
14700 Sweitzer Lane
Laurel, MD 20707

What times do classes start?

Class hours are from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday. Please make travel arrangements to coincide with the ending time of 4:30 p.m.

What airports serve Laurel, MD?

There are three airports serving the metropolitan Washington DC and Baltimore area:

  • Baltimore Washington International (BWI) located in Maryland - Approximately 20 miles.
  • Reagan National (DCA) located in Virginia - Approximately 35 miles.
  • Dulles International (IAD) located in Virginia - Approximately 50 miles.

What does the course fee cover?

The course fee covers lunch, classroom instruction, notebook, and other materials. Breakfast, dinner and lodging expenses are not covered by the registration fee.

Is the financial aid available?

Scholarships are available to Drycleaning & Laundry Institute members located in the United States and Canada. Contact DLI's register at 800-638-2627 or (301) 622-1900 ext. 1103 or for more information.

What should I wear to class?

We will be taking a class picture the first day of all courses. We ask that you wear appropriate business attire, as it will be published in the Fabricare magazine.
  • Females: please wear a cleaned and pressed dress, dress shirt with pants (not jeans), skirt or suit, the first day.
  • Men: Please wear a cleaned and pressed dress shirt or shirt and tie, pants (not jeans), jacket or suit the first day.
For the remainder of the class you can wear comfortable clothing (jeans, shorts, sneakers, etc.) for working in a drycleaning plant. For safety reasons, you are not allowed to wear sandals, open toed shoes, or any loose fitting jewelry or clothing (e.g. scarves).

What do I need to bring to class?

A pen or pencil. A calculator will be helpful during the Advanced class

Will there be homework?

Student's progress will be evaluated in class by daily participation in practical exercises as well as periodic written and verbal assessments conducted by the instructors.

How much money should I bring with me?

We suggest that you bring travelers checks or credit cards to cover all your expenses while attending class. Meals, transportation, and other miscellaneous costs vary widely among participants, but generally average $20-$40 per day.


DLI’s Self-Study Courses cover eight topics essential in today’s dry cleaning industry. Each course is divided into easy-to-learn chapters that assures complete mastery of the material. The included exams will be reviewed by DLI staff. Certificates are awarded to cleaners who successfully complete each course.

Fibers and Fabrics

Covers fibers sources through fabric preparation and general processing including fabric construction, identification and color dyes and design.

Stain Removal Techniques

A fundamental course that discusses stain removal techniques and procedures, stain composition, precautions and troubleshooting.

Wet Cleaning

Reviews the steps in the wetcleaning process—inspection, testing for colorfastness, stain removal, load classification and proper drying including wet cleaning chemistry as well as equipment and supplies..

Dry Cleaning Fundamentals

Introduces beginners to drycleaning operational techniques and procedures including drycleaning principles, filtration, distillation, solvents, detergents and moisture, and equipment


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