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Fire and drive

Long before her drycleaning company Juliette successfully combined high tech with high fashion, Rechelle Balanzat had an epiphany. She was working for KCAP Financial of New York at the time. “I was so young, and I worked in finance and I thought the sky’s the limit,” she recalled. “I thought I was going to have the corner office and make a million dollar salary, and then suddenly the market crashed. That made me question the very fabric of reality. I had the realization that stability is an illusion and none of it is real. So, I quit and I pursued my true passion, which is Italy.”

Preparing drycleaners for the future

Those who attended economist Chris Kuehl’s economic forecast at Clean 2022 in Atlanta had to first learn a lesson on black swans — major events that tend to wreak havoc with the economy. “These black swan events are things that we knew were going to happen, but didn’t know when, we didn’t know how and we don’t know what the actual outcome was going to be,” Kuehl explained.

Number of cleaners continues to decline

According to statistics recently released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the drycleaning industry has steadily declined from 27,204 establishment during the first quarter of 2001 to 16,497 during the first quarter of 2022. Overall, that represents a 40% drop in the number of drycleaners during the 21st century. Those numbers prompted articles in Business Insider and Bloomberg Businessweek, who noted that the industry has been declining by a pace of about 2% annually since 2001, though it jumped up to a rate of 6% annually from the last quarter of 2019 until the first quarter of this year.

Industry plans several major events in next few months

Following the success of this year’s Clean Show, various industry associations hope to build on that momentum with several events on the horizon, including a comprehensive Wash Dry Fold (WDF) Workshop that takes place from Nov. 15 to 17 at the Hilton Chicago/Oak Brook Hills Resort and Conference Center.

The event, which will be co-hosted by the Drycleaning and Laundry Institute (DLI) and the Coin Laundry Association (CLA), is an excellent primer for those contemplating adding WDF services.

The old and new at Clean 2022 — Part 2

by Don Derosiers

Don Derosiers

This month, I present to you part two of my Clean Show 2022 coverage. I will cover Forenta and Hi-Steam. I have several videos for your perusal. In every case, focus your smartphone camera over the various QR codes to view the movie that is described in the caption associated with the QR code.

Getting to know about solvent flow (part 2)

by Bruce Grossman

Bruce Grossman

This month, I'll continue on the solvent flow subject by discussing the heart of the solvent flow system, the solvent pump. The solvent pump on most drycleaning machines is a centrifugal type pump, a mechanical device designed to move solvent by employing a motor rotating a disk-like device with vanes on its surface called an impeller. Fluid enters the rapidly rotating impeller at its center and is cast out by centrifugal force along its circumference through the impeller’s vane tips.

Silver Bullet #2: No Tactical Strategy

by Kermit Engh

Kermit Engh

Last month I began discussing the Silver Bullets — the proven, powerful ways to increase your cash flow and profits with less stress and more free time. As I mentioned, these Silver Bullets make all the difference between businesses that grow monthly and yearly, and businesses that struggle to keep the lights on.

The first Silver Bullet I discussed was No Exit Strategy, which I covered in length in last month’s article. This month, I’m moving on to the next Silver Bullet.

Removing oxidized and set stains

by Dan Eisen

Dan Eisen

During consultations, I find that many set stains are caused by procedures used by drycleaners and spotters. The first thing that we have to do is define a set or oxidized stain. These are stains that require more than drycleaning fluid, water or lubrication to remove. Tannin, protein and oils oxidize and set by picking up oxygen from the air. An example of oxidation is cutting an apple in half and watching it turn brown from oxygen from the air.

You could be leaving money on the table

by Peter Blake

Peter Blake

For many small businesses, the Employee Retention Tax Credit (ERTC) will provide significant financial relief. Between the pandemic closing businesses and offices and the constant inflation forcing people to reduce discretionary spending, drycleaners have been one of the hardest hit industries in the past few years. As an industry, we need to be aware and utilize all the tools and programs available to us to continue to rebuild.


Industry declines in size, but not in drive

The 21st Century has proved to be a difficult one for the drycleaning industry. In fact, the industry has shrunk in size about 40% since the first quarter of 2001. At that time, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) counted 27,204 drycleaning and laundry services establishments (not including coin-operate laundries) in the country. However, during the first quarter of 2022, that number has decreased down to 16,497.

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DLI Announces 2022-2023 Board of Directors

Drycleaning & Laundry Institute officials swore in DLI’s 2022-2023 Board of Directors at its Summer 2022 Board Meeting in Atlanta. DLI’s Board is comprised of fabricare business owners and operators from eight regions around the U.S., an Executive Committee, and Allied Trades representatives. All Board members volunteer their time and energy to guide the Institute toward providing the best benefit to DLI member cleaning professionals.

Xplor Spot User Conference 2022

The Xplor Spot team will be hosting the 2022 Spot User Conference from Oct. 13 to 15 at the Cliff Lodge in Snowbird, UT. It will be an opportunity for attendees to learn the latest innovative Spot features and functionality. Several social events are planned including a Thursday evening welcome reception, a Friday evening dinner and an Oktoberfest event on Saturday afternoon. There will also be several general and several breakout sessions on Friday and Saturday. The cost for the event is $549 per attendee and $399 for a guest. To sign up for the event, visit: https://bit.ly/spotfalluc. .

Poseidon introduces new Genius Series at Clean 2022

During Clean ’22, Poseidon Textile Care Systems® (Poseidon) showcased its complete product offering of textile care equipment and solutions. Drawing crowds were live demonstrations of the new Poseidon Genius Series Wet Cleaning Machines – touting the largest touchscreen user interface in the industry; Poseidon new-technology dryers, which safely dry even the most delicate fabrics; and Poseidon Flatwork Ironers, which quickly iron bed and table linens. Several end-user promotions, new and innovative custom finance options, and extended factory Platinum Warranties were also introduced.


America’s Best Cleaners announced that it has become a member of the Textile Care Allied Trades Association (TCATA). As ABC continues to build on its position as the drycleaning industry’s most reputable certification agency, it looks to strengthen its relationships within the textile care community by partnering with the international trade association. Together, ABC and TCATA look to create a collective partnership that will provide professional benefits to ABC affiliates and TCATA members alike.

America’s Best Cleaners Certifies Carousel Cleaners and Fletchers Fabricare

Carousel Cleaners and Fletchers Fabricare have both received notification of their official national certification as Affiliates of America’s Best Cleaners, the dry cleaning industry’s most highly-respected certification agency.

Servicing Vancouver since 1950, Carousel Cleaners has been a staple in their community for over 70 years. Through the years, their willingness to embrace emerging technologies has kept them ahead of their competitors and has helped them maintain uncompromising standards for customer service and carbon footprint reduction. They are actively engaged with their community and are frequent contributors to charitable organizations in their area.

Milliken, together with EREMA and PreZero, to showcase technology for producing top-quality recycled polypropylene at K 2022

Milliken & Company, a diversified global manufacturer with more than 70 locations worldwide, is partnering with European recycling leaders EREMA and PreZero at the upcoming K 2022 show to highlight the use of our Hyperform® HPN® performance additives in recycled polypropylene (rPP) compounds. Our common purpose is to close the loop and advance circularity.

At the October 19-26 trade fair in Düsseldorf, the Austria-based recycling machinery manufacturer EREMA will put its technology on full display. Operating in the EREMA Circonomic Centre in the outdoor area (OA/-CE03) of the fairgrounds, it will present a live recycling demonstration of recycled material supplied by German environmental services provider PreZero (Hall 8B/A57).

New LAVATEC Extraction Press Featured at Clean 2022

LAVATEC unveiled new energy efficient equipment at The Clean Show in Atlanta, and the response from attendees during and after the show has been very positive. Company President Mark Thrasher says reactions to the LAVACascade drying system were highly favorable, and interest in the massive LAVAPress ULTRA 597S 60-bar extraction press exceeded expectations.

WSDLA merges with SDA

The Western States Drycleaners and Launderers Association (WSDLA) will join forces and merge with the Southwest Drycleaners Association (SDA).

Greybull Stewardship acquires GreenEarth

Equity firm Greybull Stewardship in Jackson, WY, announced that it had purchased GreenEarth Cleaning, the Kansas City, MO-based company that produces the popular alternative solvent of the same name.

America’s Best Cleaners (ABC) announces staff additions

America’s Best Cleaners (ABC) recently announced the addition of Sarah Guilott-McInnis and Michael Erstad to its team. Guilott-McInnis is a third generation drycleaner who has spent most of her life in a drycleaning shop. Her family owned and operated AAA drive-In Cleaners for decades. It’s been recognized as the Best Cleaner in Lake Charles, LA, for over 20 years.

America’s Best Cleaners (ABC) hosted their first Live Accelerator meeting for 2022

Affiliates gathered for a tour of Helena’s Cleaner’s new state-of-the-art facility designed by ABC’s Chris White and Ed D’Elicio. Will Waterstraat, managing partner for the company, said, “We were honored to have ABC and affiliates tour our new facility. The insight and knowledge provided was invaluable. Chris’s guidance throughout the process was second to none.”

MILD changes name to MCA

In an effort to better represent its expanding professional cleaning industry membership, the Michigan Institute of Laundering and Drycleaning (MILD) announced that it will now be known as the Michigan Cleaners Association (MCA).