Patch Washer

Tend equipment that develop colors in sample swatches of printed cloths.
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Quick Stats

Salary Range
$18,000 – $35,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Patch Washers do?

Tends miniature equipment that develops color in sample swatches of printed cloth: Places sample in miniature steam cabinet and turns valves to spray chemicals and steam into cabinet for specified period of time. Removes sample swatch from cabinet and washes swatch by hand to remove excess color and chemicals. Squeezes excess water from sample, using wringer, and dries sample over heated drum. Returns sample swatch to CLOTH PRINTER for comparison with standards.

Should I be a Patch Washer?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.

  • Also known as: Leather Polisher, Sample Steamer, Steam-Pan Sponger

    How to become a Patch Washer

    Most Patch Washers have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Bachelor's degree to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9aaiae&chl=no+college+%2883%25%29|||bachelor%27s+%2811%25%29||doctorate+%286%25%29&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,83,83
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