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Cleaner [General]

Cleaners clean schools, construction sites, commercial, industrial and domestic premises, industrial machinery and vehicles using portable cleaning equipment. Future Growth Static

Cleaners work on all kinds of jobs from general cleaning in homes, offices, shops and schools to more specialised work such as cleaning upholstery and carpets, and industrial cleaning of the outsides of buildings. They also clean cars, as well as passenger transport vehicles like buses and trains.

ANZSCO ID: 8117

Specialisations:

  • Car Detailer: [separate page on this website]

  • Carpet Cleaner: 811611: A carpet cleaner uses steam-clean and pile-lift machines to clean, scrub and brush carpets. They may also clean upholstered furniture and remove stains from carpets.

  • Domestic Cleaner: A domestic cleaner cleans and tidies homes, performing tasks such as cleaning floors, walls and windows, emptying rubbish bins, and tidying rooms. They may also make beds, iron clothes and wash dishes.

  • Drycleaner: [separate page on this website]

  • Hospital/Hostel Cleaner: A hospital/hostel cleaner undertakes sterilisation and antiseptic protocols and procedures using specialised chemicals.

  • Industrial / Commercial Cleaner: An industrial cleaner may remove rubble and surplus building materials from construction sites or dismantle and clean machinery. They may use heavy-duty cleaning equipment, such as pressure hoses and ride-on powered scrubbing machines.

  • Industrial Plant Cleaner: An industrial plant cleaner keeps working areas in production departments of industrial establishments clean and orderly.

  • Steam, Pressure and Chemical Cleaner: A steam, pressure and chemical cleaner works indoors and outdoors with high-pressure or chemical cleaning equipment to strip paint, dirt or grease from buildings and machines.

  • Window Cleaner: A window cleaner cleans interior and exterior window surfaces. Cleaning exterior surfaces on multistorey buildings involves cleaners using a 'cherry picker' or hoist system. They may also clean stone walls, metal surfaces and window frames.

 

Knowledge, skills and attributes

  • enjoy practical work

  • the ability to follow job and safety instructions

  • maths skills for measuring out cleaning fluids

  • the ability to work alone without supervision or as part of a team

  • awareness of health and safety.

  • methodical

  • honest and reliable

  • able to bend, stand and lift.

Cleaner carrying equipment
(Source: The Conversation)

Duties and Tasks

Cleaners may perform the following tasks:

  • clean, dust and polish furniture and fittings
  • sweep, mop, scrub and polish floors; shampoo carpets and rugs; and strip wax and polish from floors
  • clean walls and windows
  • clean and disinfect laundry, kitchen, toilet and bathroom fixtures and floors
  • empty and clean ashtrays and waste containers
  • clean areas surrounding buildings, such as paths and entrances
  • remove graffiti
  • cleaning carpets and upholstery
  • stripping and re-sealing hard floor coverings
  • cleaning premises where food is prepared
  • industrial cleaning of new buildings
  • cleaning hospital wards
  • project home cleaning
  • cleaning cars or passenger vehicles
  • cleaning at heights, using either ladders or mobile access equipment
  • clearing up after fires, floods or building work
  • crime scene cleaning.work from plans and specifications

You would need to know which cleaning chemicals to use for each task, and follow safety procedures, for example when using solvents to remove graffiti or oils.

You may have to do some simple maintenance of the equipment you use, and check the stock levels of cleaning materials.

Commercial Cleaning

Working Conditions

Cleaners often work irregular hours in shifts and may be employed as full-time, part-time or casual staff.

Cleaners are often responsible for the security of the building in which they work. This responsibility includes ensuring that lights and electrical appliances are turned off, that the building is locked and secure and that any security breaches are reported to building owners or managers.

Education and training/entrance requirements

You can work as a cleaner without formal qualifications. You would probably get some training on the job. If you are self-employed, you may be required to demonstrate previous experience as a cleaner.

Depending on your work setting, some employers may require you to undergo a National Police Check.


Did You Know?


Vinegar and Baking Soda are terrific for cleaning!


Vinegar and Baking Soda
(Source: Readers' Digest)



Commercial Cleaner
   Houses & Buildings

Practical or MechanicalSkill Level 1Skill Level 2

Commercial cleaners wash, dust, vacuum, polish and tidy the spaces that people work and live in. From offices in our many city skyscrapers to regional hospitals and schools, these cleaners are FutureGrowthModerate responsible for ensuring that work spaces are clean and fit for use. They clean lights, windows, walls, floors, ceilings and fixtures. The spaces they clean may include toilets and ablution areas, manufacturing and display areas, staff and computer rooms, and even the exteriors of buildings.


ANZSCO ID & description: 8112: Cleans offices, residential complexes, hospitals, schools, industrial work areas, industrial machines, construction sites and other commercial premises using heavy duty cleaning equipment.

Alternative names: Cleaner, Industrial Cleaner, Office Cleaner

Specialisations: Aircraft Cabin Cleaner, Carpet Cleaner, Domestic Cleaner, Hospital/Hostel Cleaner, Industrial Plant Cleaner, School Cleaner, Steam, Pressure and Chemical Cleaner

Commercial Cleaner



Knowledge, skills and attributes

A cleaner needs:

  • to enjoy practical work

  • to be able to tolerate working in often untidy and sometimes unhygienic conditions

  • an eye for detail

  • to adopt a thorough and methodical approach

  • to be honest and reliable

  • to be willing to work late or early hours.

Duties and Tasks

  • Sweeping and mopping the floors

  • Garbage Clearing away

  • Furniture Dusting

  • Cleaning the toilets

  • Restocking towels and toilet paper rolls

  • Cleaning the windows

  • Vacuuming and cleaning the carpets

Working conditions

Commercial cleaners work in a range of private, commercial and industrial locations, using commercial cleaning equipment and cleaning agents for a range of jobs. They may be required to work in particularly dirty conditions, and often come into contact with waste products. They often work late at night or early in the morning as the work can be noisy and disruptive.

Tools and technologies

Commercial cleaners use domestic cleaning appliances such as vacuum cleaners and mops, and larger industrial machines such as scrubber-dryers, high-pressure hoses, and even sandblasting equipment. They also use smaller cleaning implements like cleaning rags and dusters. They are often required to use chemical cleaning agents.

Education and training/entrance requirements

You can work as a commercial cleaner without formal qualifications and get training on the job.

​You may improve your employment prospects if you complete a traineeship. A cleaning operations traineeship usually takes between six and 12 months to complete.



 

Domestic Cleaner
   Houses & Buildings

Practical or MechanicalSkill Level 1

Domestic cleaners tidy and clean the private homes of their clients. Their duties usually include vacuuming, dusting, sweeping, mopping and emptying bins, sanitising bathrooms, laundries and FutureGrowthModerate kitchens, and maintaining cleanliness in other areas of the household as defined by their client. The specific cleaning tasks they undertake will depend on their clients’ needs and requirements.

Domestic cleaners may provide cleaning services for a range of residential clients, such as people with busy lifestyles or who work long hours, the elderly or people with disabilities.

ANZSCO ID & description: 8113: Cleans and tidies private dwellings such as houses, units, flats, apartments and townhouses.

Alternative names: Residential cleaner


Knowledge, skills and attributes

​A domestic cleaner needs:
Domestic Cleaner

  • to be trustworthy and reliable

  • to enjoy practical work

  • an awareness of safety requirements, including the proper use and storage of chemicals

  • to have high standards and adopt a thorough and methodical approach

  • good time management skills

  • to be able to work independently, and as part of a team.

Duties and Tasks

  • vacuuming carpets, curtains and upholstered furniture

  • sweeping, mopping, waxing and polishing tiled, vinyl, timber and concrete floors

  • tidying rooms, emptying wastepaper bins and removing refuse and recyclable material

  • cleaning, disinfecting and deodorising kitchens, bathrooms and toilets

  • dusting, cleaning and polishing furniture and other homewares

  • cleaning windows and other glass surfaces

  • picks up rubbish, empties garbage containers, and takes contents to waste areas for removal.

  • Maintains kitchens, washes dishes and cooking utensils, and cleans appliances, cupboards, counters, pantries and floors.

  • Picks up, sorts, washes, dries, irons and mends linen and clothes.

  • At times, prepares and cooks meals, sets and clears tables, and serves food and beverages.

  • At times, takes care of household pets and plants, receives visitors, answers telephones, delivers messages, and shops for groceries.

Working conditions

​Domestic cleaners may work alone or as part of a team. They may work for large national cleaning companies or small family-operated companies. Domestic cleaners may have consistent work with regular clients daily, weekly or fortnightly, or they may have one-off placements, such as rent inspections or end-of-lease cleaning. They travel from one residence to the next, and their working hours may be irregular.

Tools and technologies

​Domestic cleaners use appliances and implements such as vacuum cleaners, mops and dusters. They may use chemical cleaning agents and are required to wear appropriate protective equipment such as gloves and facemasks.

Domestic cleaners generally use mobile phones to make their work arrangements. They also need to know how to use house alarms and security systems.

Education and training/entrance requirements

You can work as a domestic cleaner without any formal qualifications. Employers will usually provide training on the job.

To work as a domestic cleaner you usually need to obtain a National Police Certificate. You may also need to hold a current drivers licence and possess your own vehicle.



Janitor
   Houses & Buildings

Practical or MechanicalSkill Level 1Skill Level 2

Janitors provide cleaning and maintenance services for a variety of private and public buildings and grounds including schools, offices, public parks and restrooms. They should have good time Future Growth Static management skills to effectively clean all necessary areas within the allotted time and be able to handle unpleasant circumstances in the workplace.

ANZSCO ID: 8991

Knowledge, skills and attributes

  • enjoy practical and manual work

  • excellent people skills

  • able to work independently

  • methodical

  • honest and reliable

  • able to cope with the physical demands of the job

  • a good sense of balance and ability to work at heights.

Janitor
Janitor
(Source: Wikipedia)

 

Duties and Tasks

  • Manage a large set of keys, ensuring that no one else gets access to them and making sure to lock all areas upon completion of job.

  • Manage time effectively to clean all areas needed in an allotted amount of time.

  • Perform basic maintenance on building and equipment, notifying management or customers when major repairs are needed.

  • Stock and refill necessary items in common spaces such as tissue, soap, toilet paper; purchase more stock when needed.

  • Vacuum, mop, scrub or sweep floors, carpet and ground areas.

  • Wash, clean and sanitise common areas in public or private areas including public restrooms
    (Source: Open University)

 

Chimney Sweep
   Houses & Buildings

Practical or MechanicalSkill Level 1

Chimney sweeps clean the chimneys of open fireplaces, including coal, gas, oil and wood-fired heaters. Your work would help to reduce the risks of chimney fires and dangerous fumes.Decline


ANZSCO ID: 811699

Knowledge, skills and attributes       

To become a chimney sweep, you would need:

  • a good level of physical fitness
  • practical skills to use a range of tools and equipment
  • the ability to work at heights and climb ladders
  • awareness of health and safety regulations
  • good customer service skills

 

Chimney Sweep
(Source: Fluesbrothers)

Duties and Tasks

As a chimney sweep, you would:

  • inspect and evaluate the chimney or flue before cleaning
  • protect the surrounding area from dust and soot
  • sweep the chimney, firebox and flue using brushes on extending rods
  • remove dust and soot from the fireplace and firebox using an enclosed vacuum cleaner
  • explain the condition and safe operation of the chimney and associated fireplace parts to the homeowner
  • make follow-up appointments
  • clean trucks, tools and brushes
  • undertake minor repairs.

Working conditions

You would need to work hours which would suit your client base; this is likely to include weekends. You may work longer hours at the busiest times of the year.

Most of your work would be in private houses, but you could also work on heating systems in industrial or commercial premises.

You would need to be aware of health and safety issues, and wear protective clothing such as a face mask and overalls.

Tools and technologies

Chimney and Flue Brushes
These chimney and flue brushes are made in Australia with either Nylon, Nylon and Bassine mix, Steel or stainless steel.
(Source: Cleaning Shop)
Nylon Chimney Brushes

These nylon chimney brushes are complete with ferrule*. It comes 50mm to 45cm.
Chimneys are more efficient and safer when these are clean. With our nylon chimney brush, you can clean your metal chimney. You can combine it with a rod or handle for extra reach.


*Ferrule - a ring or cap, typically a metal one, which strengthens the end of a handle, stick, or tube and prevents it from splitting or wearing.
Brushes
Special Nylon Stock Nylon Fill Brush

Special Nylon Stock Nylon Fill Brush complete with brass ferrule. Available in different sizes from 30cm to 60cm.

Chimney brush
Nylon Pull Through Flue Brushes

Nylon Pull Through Flue Brushes from 50mm to 45cm. Ideal for regular maintenance cleaning of your chimney.
Brushes
Steel Wire Chimney Brushes

Steel Wire Chimney brushes are most commonly used and generally do a great job. However, wire bristle brushes are not recommended for metal chimney flues.

These chimney brushes are complete with brass ferrule. Available from 75mm to 25cm.
Brush
Wire Pull Through Flue Brushes

Wire Pull Through Flue Brushes available from 75mm to 25cm designed to quickly and effectively clean your masonry chimney.
Brush
12Ft Extension Flue Brushes

12Ft Extension Flue Brushes 2 sections - wire handle with Nylon and bassine Mixture fill.
Available from 10cm dia to 25cm diameter.

Brush
Chute Brush

Chute Brush with nylon bristle fill. Extra long brush body. Available from 35cm to 60cm.
Chute Brush

Education and training/entrance requirements

You would normally have to find a qualified and experienced chimney sweep to take you on and train you on the job. Once you complete your training and have some experience, you could become self-employed and start your own business.

A drivers’ licence is essential, as you will have to travel between jobs and transport all your equipment.

Opportunities for chimney sweeps are likely to decline.

While the demand for home services is growing, a combination of environmental protection and regulation and changing home heating technology is likely to progressively reduce the need for chimney sweeping services.

Opportunities could however exist for those in this occupation if the number of people providing chimney sweeping services also reduces.



Window Cleaner
   Houses & Buildings

Practical or MechanicalSkill Level 1

Window cleaners clean window and other fixed glass in commercial or domestic buildings. Future Growth Strong

ANZSCO ID: 811612

Specialisations: High rise buildings window cleaner; House Window Cleaner

Knowledge, skills and attributes   

To become a window cleaner, you would need:

  • to have good physical fitness
  • a good awareness of safety issues
  • an understanding of specialist equipment for lifting or lowering at heights
  • to enjoy practical work
  • good organisational skills
  • to be comfortable working at heights.

Window Cleaner
(Source: CCC Window Cleaning)

Duties and Tasks

As a window cleaner, you would:

  • mix up cleaning solutions
  • use a combination of ladders, cradles and harnesses to reach all levels of windows
  • use water-fed poles, brushes, scrapers and cloths to clean glass
  • follow strict safety rules, particularly when working at heights
  • appropriately store equipment to transport it between jobs
  • keep records of jobs to be done and payments.

Working conditions

As a window cleaner working for a cleaning company, you would usually work a standard number of hours per week. If you were self-employed, you could work hours that suit you.

Window cleaners work outside in all types of weather. Some work at extreme heights, on tall buildings, either in a harness or a safety cradle.

You would require a current drivers' licence to travel between jobs.

Tools and technologies

Window cleaner
(Source: Master Cleaners)

Education and training/entrance requirements

There are no formal qualifications for window cleaners, and you would get some training on the job if you were employed by a cleaning company.

Window cleaners who work at heights may have to complete a Work Safely at Heights short course.

Employment of cleaners generally is projected to grow about as fast as the average for all occupations. Population growth and the construction of new homes, apartments and commercial buildings drives cleaning opportunities. Many new jobs, including for window & glass cleaning, are also expected in facilities related to health care, as this industry is expected to grow rapidly.

 

Graffiti Cleaner
   Houses & Buildings

Practical or MechanicalSkill Level 1

ANZSCO ID: 811699
  

Alternative names: Graffiti Abatement Worker, Graffiti Maintenance Worker, Graffiti Remover, Environmental Service Worker, Anti-Blight Technician,
  

Specialisations: Presentation Attendant of Rolling Stock: cleaning trains, buses and trams of graffiti
   

Knowledge, skills and attributes

  • Knowledgeable of graffiti abatement concepts and techniques, common painting tools, graffiti removal equipment and supplies, and of occupational hazards and safety guidelines

  • Skilled in removing graffiti on all types of surfaces, following oral and written instructions in English, and in establishing and maintaining positive and productive working relationships with both internal and external customers

  • Ability to read and complete work orders with minimum supervision, exercise good work ethic and habits, maintain and clean equipment and supplies as required to effectively perform essential job duties.

  • Graffiti abatement reporting and recording.

  • Monitoring techniques used for the Community Work Service Program.

  • Common tools, materials, devices, and equipment used by other employees to do maintenance for the Council

  • Understand and carry out oral and written instructions.

  • Operate trucks and motorized equipment;

  • Prepare rough working diagrams.

  • Perform mechanical duties.

  • Work effectively in small groups or alone without continuous supervision; get along well with the public and employees.


Graffiti Removal
(Source: Bareallblasting)

 

Duties and Tasks

  • Removes graffiti from City facilities, streets, parks, alleys and other City areas - removes and/or paints over graffiti on private and public property; mixes paints to match existing colour of surfaces; prepares surfaces for painting.

  • Investigates citizen complaints regarding graffiti removal and related property damage

  • Paints, sandblasts, washes and recovers affected areas - sandblasts and hydro blasts to remove graffiti from a variety of surfaces on public and private property.

  • Applies anti-graffiti coatings

  • Cleans equipment and machinery used in graffiti removal

  • Promotes graffiti abatement and City beautification efforts

  • Patrols assigned areas for graffiti; investigates and resolves complaints regarding graffiti; contacts proper people to advise them of status of complaint.

  • Purchases paint and supplies; picks up donated paint from residents and vendors.

  • Uses paint brushes, rollers, and spray equipment to apply paint to surfaces.

  • Maintains records of work performed; enters data properly.

  • Operates a vehicle to travel to work sites and cleans and maintains vehicles and equipment.

  • Assists other departments with maintenance issues such as painting, building maintenance, pressure-washing facilities.

  • Work cooperatively with other users, employees, department managers, outside public ,and customers.

  • Removes illegal signs for public right-of-ways; hands out graffiti removal program brochures and promotional items at special District events or to general public.

  • Sets-up proper traffic delineation at work sites for safety of workers and the public.


Rotary Volunteers
Rotary Volunteers - Wyong-Tuggerah NSW - cleaning off graffiti
(Source: Central Coast News)

 

Working conditions

Work is performed in an outdoor environment. Work may require frequent standing, walking, climbing, bending and lifting. Incumbents may be exposed to repetitive motion, extreme temperatures and weather, moving traffic, areas under construction, toxic fumes and chemicals and infectious diseases

From time-to-time, monitors tasks related to the abatement of graffiti by Community Work Service Program participants; operates trucks, special equipment,, and tools; and performs Maintenance Worker duties as assigned.

Ability to operate and maintain a variety of hand and power tools and equipment used in course of graffiti abatement work; communicate orally and by telephone with management, co-workers, and the public in face-to-face, one-to-one, and group settings; have hearing and vision within normal ranges; carry, push, reach, lift, and pull up; bend, stoop, kneel, and crouch; sufficient manual dexterity to perform assigned tasks.

May be required to work occasional overtime, weekends, holidays or other non-scheduled hours.


Tools and technologies

Graffiti removal chemicals and paints as well as safety helmets to protect the eyes, thick gloves, and protective clothing. Graffiti cleaners use high pressure hoses. 


Education and training/entrance requirements

No education requirements are needed. There will be training in the use of various chemicals and paints to remove the graffiti.


Employment Opportunities

Councils throughout Australia are requiring the removal of graffiti. Some Councils are combating graffiti by employing Street Artists to beautify public places. You might like to view Silo Art here

 

 

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