Q3 2021

DLI’s School of Drycleaning Technology Reawakens

After months of dormancy, DLI’s School of Drycleaning Technology is again offering in-person resident drycleaning courses this fall. The first General Course will run from October 4–22 and can be taken as a complete three-week course or in two parts:

  • Introduction to Drycleaning Course: October 4–8, 2021
  • Advanced Drycleaning Course: October 11–22, 2021

Register at DLIonline.org/Education or call 800-638-2627

Introduction to Drycleaning Course

DLI’s Introduction to Drycleaning Course is geared toward individuals new to the industry or who have less than one year of experience.


  • Sorting loads for drycleaning
  • Cleaning silk, satin and other fabrics
  • Operating a drycleaning machine
  • Removing coffee ink, grease and other stains from clothing
  • Pressing pants, coats, and skirts
  • Using tensioning equipment to improve finishing quality


Advanced Drycleaning Course

This ten-day Advanced Drycleaning 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.




  • 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 drycleaning machine
  • Using tensioning equipment to improve finishing quality
  • Current regulations facing the drycleaning industry
  • Customer service techniques for drycleaners
  • 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 drycleaning plant with the most effective work flow


Experience Washington D.C. and Baltimore

DLI’s offices, labs and School of Drycleaning Technology are conveniently located between Washington D.C. and Baltimore. Experience the U.S. capitol city and “Charm City” during your stay. “I am always amazed when students tell me about all the books and movies they brought to kill the time while they’re not in class,” said Brian Johnson, DLI’s Director of Education & Training. “They usually never even touch that stuff. Students from just about every course I’ve taught in 20-plus years have always grouped together and gone out on the town after class. The camaraderie among the students is one of my favorite parts about instructing courses at DLI.”

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