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What is a Housekeeping Cleaner?

Also known as: Maid, Housekeeper.

A housekeeping cleaner is someone who does general cleaning tasks, such as dusting, vacuuming, making beds, cleaning bathrooms and kitchens, and mopping floors. This can be done in either private homes or commercial establishments. A more heavy duty version of a housekeeping cleaner is a janitor, who keeps office buildings, schools, hospitals, retail stores, hotels, and other places clean, sanitary, and in good condition.

What does a Housekeeping Cleaner do?

A housekeeping cleaner typically does the following:

  • Cleans rooms, hallways, and other living or work areas
  • Changes sheets and towels; makes beds; washes, folds, and irons clothes
  • Empties wastebaskets and takes trash to disposal areas
  • Replenishes supplies, such as soap and toilet paper
  • Dusts and polishes furniture and equipment
  • Sweeps, waxes, or polishes floors using brooms, mops, and other floor-cleaning equipment
  • Vacuums rugs, carpets, and upholstered furniture
  • Cleans or polishes windows, walls, and woodwork
  • Lifts and moves lightweight objects and equipment

Housekeeping cleaners do light cleaning tasks in homes and commercial establishments, such as hotels, restaurants, hospitals, and nursing homes. Those who work in hotels, hospitals, and other commercial establishments are responsible for cleaning and maintaining the premises. They may also share other duties. For example, housekeeping cleaners in hotels may deliver ironing boards, cribs, and rollaway beds to guests’ rooms. In hospitals, workers may have to wash bed frames and disinfect and sanitize equipment with germicides.

What is the workplace of a Housekeeping Cleaner like?

Most housekeeping cleaners work full time. They mostly work indoors in private homes, hotels, restaurants, hospitals, or nursing homes. The work can be physically demanding.

How can I become a Housekeeping Cleaner?

There are no formal training or educational requirements in order to become a housekeeping cleaner. Most are trained on the job. Entry-level maids and housekeeping cleaners typically work alongside a more experienced cleaner and gain more responsibilities and more difficult work as they become experienced.


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