School of Drycleaning Technology

Since 1927, DLI's School of Drycleaning Technology has has taught dry cleaners the methods of effective cleaning. Every year we teach students from all around the world and take pride in the alumni who have gone on to add value to the industry.
We evaluate each part of our curriculum every time it is taught. Over the years, we have devised lessons to accelerate learning for all students.
Our combination of classroom, practical, and virtual  training allows students to master lessons in an optimal environment. Lectures provide instruction students apply on the latest industry equipment to develop and reinforce their new skills.
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NEW Introduction to Drycleaning Blended Course

  • $1,595

    Membership Discounts Apply
  • New for 2022, DLI is offering its Introduction to Drycleaning Course in a blended learning format, composed of seven days of virtual training and two days of on-site training at DLI's School of Drycleaning Technology in Laurel, Maryland. 
    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
    Budget Membership Price: $1195
    International Membership Price $1195
    Standard Membership Price: $956
    Gold Membership Price: $717
    Premier Membership Price: Any Three Courses FREE 

    Course Dates:
    Nine days
    June 7, 9 (Virtual)
    June 14, 16 (Virtual)
    June 21, 23 (Virtual)
    June 28 (Virtual)
    July 14-15 (On Site)
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Virtual Stain Removal

  • $695

    Membership Discounts Apply
  • This seven day virtual course is a mix of live lectures, videos, and hands-on activities. Classes will be held live using ZOOM video conferencing

     
    Stain Removal Course Topics:
    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 acetone in stain removal.
    Identifying fibers and fabric construction.

     
    Budget Membership Price: $495
    International Membership Price $495
    Standard Membership Price: $394
    Gold Membership Price: $297
    Premier Membership Price:  Any Three Courses FREE  

    Upcoming Course Dates

    Tuesdays & Thursdays
    April 26 2022 - May 17 2022
    September 13 2022 - October 4 2022
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Introduction to Drycleaning

  • $1,595

    Membership Discounts Apply
  • Geared toward individuals new to the industry or who have less than one year of experience.

    Topics

    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

     
    Budget Membership Price: $1195
    International Membership Price $1195
    Standard Membership Price: $956
    Gold Membership Price: $717
    Premier Membership Price:  Any Three Courses FREE  

    Upcoming Course Dates

    March 7-11 2022
    August 8-12 2022
    October 17-21 2022
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Advanced Drycleaning

  • $2,195

    Membership Discounts Apply
  • 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. 

    Topics

    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, GreenEarth ® hydrocarbon and SOLVONK4
    Pressing laundered shirts
    Designing a dry cleaning plant with the most effective work flow

     
    Budget Membership Price: $1695
    International Membership Price $1695
    Standard Membership Price: $1356
    Gold Membership Price: $1017
    Premier Membership Price:  Any Three Courses FREE  

    Upcoming Course Dates

    March 14-25 2022
    August 15-26 2022
    October 24 2022 - November 4 2022




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Intro and Advanced Combined

  • $2,895

    Membership Discounts Apply
  • 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.

    Topics

    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
    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, GreenEarth ® hydrocarbon and SOLVONK4
    Pressing laundered shirts
    Designing a dry cleaning plant with the most effective work flow

     
    Budget Membership Price: $1995
    International Membership Price $1995
    Standard Membership Price: $1596
    Gold Membership Price: $1197
    Premier Membership Price:  Any Three Courses FREE  

    Upcoming Course Dates

    March 7-25 2022
    August 8-26 2022
    October 17 2022 - November 4 2022
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Frequently Asked Questions

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:
  • 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.
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 education@dlionline.org for more information.
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).
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.


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