Google the definition of the word ‘craftsman’ and you’ll get this answer: “a person who is skilled in a particular craft. Synonyms: artisan, artist, skilled worker.” When you think of the word craftsman, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? For me, I instantly think of someone that works with wood. But when I started looking on some different sites, I found this definition on freedictionary.com: “a professional whose work is consistently of high quality”, and further down the page they had lots of professions listed like barrel makers, clock smiths, hairdressers, tanners, weavers.
As I started thinking about some of the professions listed, I started thinking about the folks in our stores. Take for instance our dry cleaners – they need to have intimate knowledge of the different types of cleaning methods, how they impact all the different fabrics and embellishments that are out there, and which solutions will remove which stains. And what about our finishers and pressers? Well, they don’t just press wrinkles out of clothes. Not only do they know how to use specialized equipment to remove wrinkles and reshape items on standard garments like pants and men’s dress shirts, they also need to take those pieces of equipment and use them to finish non-standardized garments like women’s blouses and dresses. Let’s not forget our seamstresses and tailors – what they do is seriously a dying form of art.
So what I’d like to do is to just take this opportunity to thank the staff at A Cleaner World – the Craftsmen and Craftswomen – that work hard every day, sometimes in the extreme heat, to keep us all looking sharp and professional. Based on all of the things I’ve seen you guys tackle and restore, you definitely deserve the title of Craftsmen and Craftswomen.