Cleaners Job Profile

cleanerJob Description for Cleaners

Cleaners clean construction sites, commercial, industrial and domestic premises or industrial machinery and vehicles using portable cleaning equipment and may specialise in cleaning particular surfaces, such as carpet and glass.

Qualifications for Cleaner

The entry requirement for this unit group is completion of compulsory secondary education or higher qualification.

Tasks Include:

  • operating industrial vacuum cleaners to clean floors, work areas and machinery
  • cleaning and polishing furniture, fittings, walls, windows, ceilings and vehicles
  • stripping old wax, re-waxing, polishing, sweeping, mopping and scrubbing floors
  • disinfecting laundry, kitchen, toilet and bathroom fixtures and floors
  • cleaning carpet and upholstery

Occupations: Commercial Cleaner, Domestic Cleaner, Carpet Cleaner, Vehicle Cleaner, Window Cleaner

Commercial Cleaner

Cleans industrial work areas, industrial machinery, commercial premises, residential complexes, hospitals and construction sites using heavy duty cleaning equipment.

Skill Level: The entry requirement for this occupation is completion of compulsory secondary education or higher qualification.

Tasks Include:

  • operates industrial vacuum cleaners to clean floors, work areas and machinery
  • removes rubbish and empties containers, bins and trays
  • removes dust and dirt from ceilings, walls, overhead pipes and fixtures
  • applies acids and solvents to surfaces to remove stains and dirt
  • removes lint, dust, soot, oil, grease, sludge or other residues from machinery, hulls and holds of ships, and interiors and exteriors of furnaces, boilers and tanks
  • vacuums carpets, curtains and upholstered furniture
  • cleans, dusts and polishes furniture, fixtures and fittings
  • strips old wax from floors, re-waxes and polishes floors
  • cleans and disinfects laundry and bathroom fixtures, replenishes expendable supplies and reports defective plumbing fixtures
  • may clean exteriors of buildings by sand-blasting or by applying solvents.

Domestic Cleaner Cleans and tidies homes.

Skill Level: The entry requirement for this occupation is completion of compulsory secondary education or higher qualification.

Tasks Include:

  • vacuums carpeted floors and furniture upholstery
  • sweeps, mops, waxes and polishes tiled, linoleum or timber floors
  • tidies rooms, empties wastepaper bins and removes refuse
  • cleans, disinfects and deodorises bathrooms
  • dusts, cleans and polishes items of furniture and other homewares
  • cleans windows and other glass surfaces
  • may make beds, wash dishes and iron clothes.

Carpet Cleaner Cleans carpets, rugs and furniture upholstery.

Skill Level: The entry requirement for this occupation is completion of compulsory secondary education or higher qualification.

Tasks Include:

  • vacuums carpet
  • selects and applies spotting agents to remove stains from carpets
  • fills cleaning machines with water or other cleaning agents
  • removes and replaces furniture in areas to be cleaned
  • operates equipment used in powder, liquid shampoo or steam cleaning methods
  • pushes pile-lifting machines over carpets, and brushes pile to raise and fluff nap
  • cleans upholstered furniture, using cleaning machine attachments
  • treats carpets with soil-repellant chemicals, deodorants, or treats for pests.

Vehicle Cleaner Car Detailer Car Wash Attendant Washes, dusts, scrubs and polishes interiors and exteriors of cars, trucks, buses or railway cars.

Skill Level: The entry requirement for this occupation is completion of compulsory secondary education or higher qualification.

Tasks Include:

  • vacuums and cleans vehicle carpets, upholstery and interior linings and fittings
  • empties and cleans ashtrays
  • applies cleaning agents to remove stains from vehicle interior
  • washes, dries, polishes and waxes vehicle exteriors
  • may make minor repairs and touch up finish
  • may operate automatic car wash machinery or drive vehicles through the car wash.

Window Cleaner Cleans interior and exterior window surfaces.

Skill Level: The entry requirement for this occupation is completion of compulsory secondary education or higher qualification

Tasks Include:

  • cleans glass surfaces by applying and removing cleaning solutions or solvents
  • assembles and dismantles ladders, scaffolding and other support equipment
  • uses ladders, swinging scaffolds, bosun’s chairs, hydraulic bucket trucks or other equipment to reach windows in multi-storey buildings
  • performs minor repairs on equipment
  • may clean stone walls, metal surfaces, facias and window frames.

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