Cleaner
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Commercial Cleaner
Commercial Housekeeper

Domestic Cleaner

Janitor

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Practical or MechanicalSkill Level 1Skill Level 2


Cleaner [General]

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

Knowledge, skills and attributes

  • enjoy practical work

  • methodical

  • honest and reliable

  • able to bend, stand and lift.

Duties and Tasks

Cleaners may perform the following tasks:

  • operate vacuum cleaners to clean floors, work areas and machinery

  • 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.

 

Commercial Cleaning

Specialisations:

Carpet Cleaner

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.

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.



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.


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Commercial Cleaner
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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 description: 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.

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.



Commercial Housekeeper
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 (Hotel/Motel Room Attendant)

Practical or MechanicalSkill Level 1Skill Level 2

Commercial housekeepers use vacuum cleaners to clean carpets; clean, dust and polish furniture and fittings, and sweep and mop wet areas. They also clean and disinfect toilet and bathroom areas. They  may also restock fridges and tea/coffee supplies, and be required to clean walls, windows, and Future Growth Strong hallways.


ANZSCO description: Cleans, vacuums and mops floors, makes beds, and re-stocks mini bars and bathroom supplies in hotel and motel rooms and other commercial premises.

Alternative names: Attendant (Room), Cleaner (Room), Hotel Room Attendant, Housekeeper

Specialisations: Industrial Cleaner

Housekeeper



Knowledge, skills and attributes

A commercial housekeeper needs:

  • to enjoy practical work

  • to enjoy cleaning

  • to be able to work without supervision

  • to be methodical

  • to be honest and reliable

  • to be fit to bend, stand and lift furniture.

Working conditions

A commercial housekeeper would normally work 38 hours per week, Monday to Friday. However they may need to be work shifts, start early in the morning, or on the weekend if required.

Tools and technologies

Depending on the area they work in commercial housekeepers my need to be proficient in using specialised cleaning tools such as pressure cleaners.

Education and training/entrance requirements

It is possible to work as a commercial housekeeper without any formal qualifications and get training on the job. However, entry into this occupation may be improved with qualifications or previous work experience.

The Certificate III in Asset Management (Cleaning Operations) is offered at TAFE Colleges and other registered training organisations throughout Australia.

​You can also become qualified to work as a commercial housekeeper by completing a traineeship in cleaning operations. The traineeship normally takes between 6 and 12 months to complete.

 

Domestic Cleaner
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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 description: 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.

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
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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.

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.

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)

 

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