DLI returns to California for stain removal course

LAUREL, Maryland – Brian Johnson, education director for the Drycleaning & Laundry Institute, is traveling to California this summer to attend the institute's next West Coast stain removal course. The course combines virtual learning and a day of in-person training in Anaheim, California. Sponsored by the California Cleaners Association, participants will use stain removal boards donated by Sankosha USA. Facilities will be provided by US Western Multitech in Anaheim, home of Walt Disneyland.

Flexibility and costs

DLI says its West Coast Stain Removal Course combines the convenience of virtual meetings with the instructor's hands-on, hands-on training. Students meet online for two hours on five different days before heading to the spotting board in Anaheim for a full day of hands-on training.

Course topics

Course topics include:

  • Remove coffee, ink, grease and other stains from clothing.
  • Identification of cotton, silk, polyester and other fabrics.
  • Use bleach without damaging the color of the fabric.
  • Use of special products such as digestors, amyl acetate and acetone to remove stains.
  • Identification of fibers and tissue structure.

DLI's School of Drycleaning Technology offers this course in a blended learning format, they say, because the added flexibility helps make the course more accessible to students and their supervisors. “Convenience is a big factor for students,” Johnson says. “Our past students loved the course because they didn't have to leave their jobs and families for an entire week to come to school. With the blended learning course format, students develop this important skill while learning the hands-on portion in a much shorter amount of time.”

Course details

The course lasts six days: two hours of virtual online classes on July 24, 29, 31, August 5, and August 7, each day from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Pacific Time. All students attend online classes before the one-day in-person session.

Students can then choose a day of in-person instruction on August 14 or 15 at US Western Multitech in Anaheim. Places for the in-person courses will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

Tuition before June 24 is $545 for DLI members and $745 for non-members. After June 24, the cost is $645 for DLI members and $845 for non-members.

DLI points out that the number of participants for this course is limited to a total of 24 students. The dates are selected on a first come, first served basis. For more information or to register, please visit

Brian Johnson, DLI's Director of Education and Training, teaches practical spotting techniques. (Photo: Drycleaning & Laundry Institute)

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