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School of Drycleaning 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.
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 afterward on the latest industry equipment to accelerate learning.

Courses

Two-Day Stain Removal

  • $649

    Non-member price
  • Two days of instruction and practical application on stain removal. This course teaches the principles and chemistry behind stain removal, including how to identify stains by type and remove stains properly. 

    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.
    Removing spotting rings and watermarks.
    Identifying fibers and fabric construction.

    Upcoming Course Dates

    September 23 - September 25, 2020
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Five-Day Introduction to Drycleaning

  • $1,595

    Non-member price
  • 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

    Upcoming Course Dates

    February 24 - February 28, 2020 - SOLD OUT
    July 13 - July 17, 2020
    August 17 - August 21, 2020
    October 19 - October 23, 2020
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Ten-Day Advanced Drycleaning

  • $2,195

    Non-member price
  • 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, GreeEarth ® hydrocarbon and SOLVONK4
    Pressing laundered shirts
    Designing a dry cleaning plant with the most effective work flow

    Upcoming Course Dates

    March 2 - March 13, 2020 - SOLD OUT
    July 20 - July 31, 2020
    October 26 - November 6, 2020
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Fifteen-Day General Drycleaning

  • $2,895

    Non-member price
  • 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, GreeEarth ® hydrocarbon and SOLVONK4
    Pressing laundered shirts
    Designing a dry cleaning plant with the most effective work flow

    Upcoming Course Dates

    February 24 - March 13, 2020 - SOLD OUT
    July 13 - July 31, 2020
    October 19 - November 6, 2020
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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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