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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.
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.
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.
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 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:
Geared toward individuals new to the industry or who have less than one year of experience. Course covers:
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:
Feb 25 - March 1, 2019
July 15 - July 19, 2019
August 19 - August 23, 2019
October 21 - October 25, 2019
March 4 - March 15, 2019
July 22 - August 2, 2019
October 28 - November 8, 2019
September 26 & 27, 2019
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:
We highly recommend this option to students interested in using DLI’s educational benefits.
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
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.
There are three airports serving the metropolitan Washington DC and Baltimore area:
The course fee covers lunch, classroom instruction, notebook, and other materials. Breakfast, dinner and lodging expenses are not covered by the registration fee.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
A pen or pencil. A calculator will be helpful during the Advanced class
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.
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.
Covers fibers sources through fabric preparation and general processing including fabric construction, identification and color dyes and design.
A fundamental course that discusses stain removal techniques and procedures, stain composition, precautions and troubleshooting.
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..
Introduces beginners to drycleaning operational techniques and procedures including drycleaning principles, filtration, distillation, solvents, detergents and moisture, and equipment
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