ZIPS DRY CLEANERS in Fredericksburg, VA, installed a Quicksort garment management system. The owners, Anne Marie and Angel Ramos, are pictured with Brett McLeod of Garment Management Systems. MIDATLANTIC PAGE 26 / NATIONAL CLOTHESLINE / JULY, 2019 Five offerings of its signature Introduction to Drycleaning and Advanced Drycleaning courses remain on the 2019 schedule for the Drycleaning and Laundry In- stitute. In fact, the next round is set to begin soon as the association will host its one-week introductory course from July 15 to 19 at its School of Drycleaning Technol- ogy in Laurel, MD. The course instruction is ideal for those who are new to the in- dustry or who have less than one year of production experience. It covers a lot of ground, from sorting cleaning loads to cleaning silk, satins and other fabrics and operating a drycleaning machine. Students will also learn about re- moving coffee, ink, grease and other stains from clothing, press- ing pants, coats and skirts, and us- ing tensioning equipment to im- prove finishing quality. Those who complete the course, or who have a few years of production experience, can im- prove their skills with DLI’s two- weeks Advanced Drycleaning class, which runs from July 22 to Aug. 2. The ten-day course covers some of the topics of the intro- ductory class, though more in- depth, plus a lot of other subjects like: identifying cotton, silk, poly- ester and other fabrics, using bleaches without damaging color, pressing blouses, dresses, ties, pleated garments, silks, velvets and corduroy, wetcleaning wool, silk and more, maintaining and changing filters, troubleshooting drycleaning machine problems and current regulations facing the drycleaning industry. Customer service techniques, designing a plant work flow and getting clean white laundry will also be emphasized, along with cleaning and preserving wedding gowns, pressing laundered shirts and understanding the differences between the different cleaning sol- vent options including perc, hy- drocarbon, GreenEarth and SOLVON K4. Both courses can be taken con- currently — known as the 15-day General Drycleaning Course — which is free to all Premier Mem- bers. Premier Membership includes five free in-person class registra- tions, four free self-studies, three free certifications, a stain removal app, an Encyclopedia of Drycleaning app, 20 free garment analyses and more. With an an- nual commitment, membership is $255 per month. The cost for non-members to attend the classes is $1,149 for the introductory class, $2,049 for the advanced, and $2,795 for those who take both together. Course fees cover lunch, class- room instruction, a notebook and other materials. In addition to having the option to take both classes in July, DLI will have another opportunity later this year. The Introductory Drycleaning course will be held again on Oct. 21 to 25, followed by the Ad- vanced Drycleaning course from Oct. 28 to Nov. 8. There will also be a special solo offering of the introductory course in August (19 to 23) for those who are interested. Classes typically meet at the DLI School of Drycleaning Tech- nology from 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Those who can’t make it to Laurel for the classes can still fur- ther their industry education by taking part in DLI’s Self-Study courses which costs $139 for members and $249 for non-mem- bers. Offerings include: Drycleaning Fundamentals, Fibers & Fabrics, Wetcleaning and Stain Removal. For more information, visit or call (800) 638-2627. DLI offers five more dates for ’19 drycleaning classes To learn more, see the Index of Advertisers on page 38 or visit