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Drycleaning turns 200

For many years, it was widely believed drycleaning was invented in 1825 by Frenchman Jolly Belin, founder of the first commercial “dry laundry” in Paris. As the legend goes, Belin accidentally spilled kerosene (some say turpentine) from a lamp onto a grease-infested tablecloth. Once the spot dried, he observed that it was much cleaner. However, a couple of years before this in America, the science of drycleaning was officially born. Then, it was called “dry scouring” by its American inventor, Thomas L. Jennings, the first African American to be granted a patent (Patent x3306). The date was March 3, 1821

SpringFest Expo Coming in April

After the highly acclaimed virtual FallFest Expo sponsored by NEFA, SEFA, and PDCA last fall, surveys demonstrated a strong desire for more virtual education opportunities in 2021. Respondents to an after-event survey overwhelmingly supported similar events in the future and specifically called for a smaller spring version.

Wash-Dry-Fold: Do it right or not at all

by James Peuster

James Peuster

Last year verified one more thing: the emergence of Wash-Dry-Fold (WDF) is here to stay. At the last Clean Show, we had more and more laundromat/coin-op owners come by our booth to talk about pick-up and delivery. Now, our phone continues to ring as we see WDF franchises buzzing around.

Look for union roots to flourish

by Frank Kollman

Frank Kollman

I once spent 30 minutes in line talking to Joe Biden as we were both registering our teenage daughters for a field hockey camp in Pennsylvania. Then Senator Biden and I were graduates of Syracuse University College of Law, so we talked about law school, gray weather days in upstate New York, and his train ride each day to DC from Wilmington. We lost touch after a couple of letters, and even if we shared the same political views, I would never take the time to fill out the questionnaire for an appointment to a position in the federal government..

Clothes Together

The sun has not set yet for Cowboy Cleaners of San Antonio, Texas, but it dipped pretty close to the ground last year. Still, current owner Vicky Maisel was not ready to give up on the business started by her father 60 years ago. Don Maisel was many things — an Air Force B-47 pilot, an insurance agent, an entrepreneur — but before any of that, he was a clothes horse. Growing up, all Don ever wanted was to wear nice clothes and take care of them. Over 20 years before he launched Cowboy Cleaners, he dreamed of wearing pants in a time where the unspoken rule seemed to be boys always wear shorts until they reach a certain age. Young Don took issue with this idea.

Does laying off employees save labor?

by Don Derosiers

Don Derosiers

This Mythbuster is a beauty. Really. Here goes: Laying off employees doesn’t necessarily save labor! It might increase your labor cost!

A major international company just laid off 60,000 employees. Can you believe that? Sixty thousand. At each headquarters, the employees were called into an assembly hall of sorts and read a prepared statement that outlined the severance package, instructed them to clean out their desk by day’s end and bid everyone a fond farewell.

Build and enhance your reputation

by Peter Blake

Peter Blake

Last month, I explored the basics of monitoring and getting a handle on your business reputation. This month we will explore the need to build and enhance your reputation. This is a great time to take a personal inventory of what your own individual brand says and how that translates to your company’s brand

Using alakali and protein formulas

by Dan Eisen

Dan Eisen

The new protein formulas available have changed in many ways. The big change is the safety factor. Years ago, removing a stain on a silk, wool and bright and vivid colors were a problem due to the ability of the alkali to bleed or change the color of the fabric. The protein formulas that are now used are very mildly alkaline so the safety factor has improved drastically. Cleaners can now use the protein

Stop that expensive leak — Part III

by Bruce Grossman

Bruce Grossman

In this issue, I’ll be finishing the series on gaskets and adhesives with two more useful families of products. Cyanoacrylates, much more difficult to pronounce than use, and silicones, which are amazingly versatile gasketing material. Let’s start with cyanoacrylates, popularly known as Super Glue and Crazy glue, which have some unique qualities.

Turning a service into a product

by Kermit Engh

Kermit Engh

Does your drycleaning business differentiate itself through a higher level of service? If so, you are probably disproportionately impacted by the economic disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Consumers are cutting back on services to avoid human contact and conserve cash, but we are still buying products that solve a specific problem. Businesses are buying products like Zoom and Slack for teleconferencing, and consumers are dropping services in favor of products

DLI marches forward with virtual events

While Covid numbers have trended down a bit lately, it’s still a long way out of the woods. As a result, don’t expect the Drycleaning and Laundry Institute to temper its virtual offerings anytime soon. In fact, the association has planned ten more training sessions and ten more peer-to-peer Zoom meetings this month. The Zoom meetings will be held every Tuesday at 10 a.m. and Wednesday at 3 p.m., EST.


Putting the “care” in clothing care for 200 years

For two centuries now — ever since Thomas L. Jennings received his “dry scouring” patent on March 3, 2021 — the drycleaning industry has worked to make people look their best, an often thankless job that goes unnoticed. Most people seems to have little clue of what happens behind the curtain (or, in this case, the wall that typically separates the production area from the lobby). To be fair, most don’t care... as long as they don’t have to clean them.

Digital Flipbook Version




LAND O LAKES, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES, November 23, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ -- The first completely contact-free system for bag pickup has been created. SecurePik enables touch-free retrieval of both standing and hanging bags, a capability that is crucial during the pandemic, and will be valuable thereafter. There are two versions of the technology: one designed for standing bags used by dry cleaners and apparel stores; the other developed for hanging ones utilized by restaurants and a wide variety of retailers. More Information is Available at this Link

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