Handkerchief Presser

Tend machines that fluff and iron handkerchiefs and napkins.
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Salary Range
$16,000 – $27,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Handkerchief Pressers do?

Tends machine that fluffs and irons flatwork articles, such as handkerchiefs and napkins: Dumps handkerchiefs from net into door-hopper of fluffer unit to condition for ironing. Places fluffed handkerchief on pad of machine and presses pedal to clamp edge. Pulls opposite edge to straighten and square handkerchief on pad. Pulls lever to revolve pad under steam chest to iron handkerchief and rotate second press in position. Removes handkerchief. May operate machine with sock attachment to press socks. May fold handkerchief and place in bag with identification tag. May tie bundles of handkerchiefs with paper ribbon.


Should I be a Handkerchief Presser?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.

  • Also known as: Handkerchief Ironer, Presser, Handkerchief

    How to become a Handkerchief Presser

    Most Handkerchief Pressers have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9aaaaa&chl=no+college+%28100%25%29|||||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,100,100
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