Residential cleaners work in private homes, residential buildings and for companies that outsource their services for private deals. These people are trained in handling the cleaning and maintenance needs of small and big houses and large residential buildings. Mostly, an outsourcing agent or company will hire and train a residential cleaner to handle cleaning jobs in different atmospheres.
A high school diploma or an equivalent is sufficient to work as a residential cleaner. If you have had experience working at this position, you may be considered a good choice to hire, as you will require minimal training by the employer. Since this work requires you to perform a lot of physically demanding work, it is necessary that you are strong and can work on your feet for long periods of time. Knowledge of operating and maintaining cleaning equipment such as vacuums and dishwashers is important to qualify for this position.
As a residential cleaner, you may be asked to do other things that have nothing to do with cleaning. Running errands such as paying bills and doing grocery shopping is part of the job description of a residential cleaner. Some companies charge extra for these things and you may get a cut out of it, so never refuse to do this extra work!
Typically, you will be performing some or all of the duties listed below:
• Sweep and mop floors in hallways, lobbies, rooms and kitchens
• Vacuum carpets and drapes and ensure that they are shampooed occasionally
• Empty ashtrays and wastepaper baskets and ensure that all trash is disposed of properly
• Separate recyclable objects from trash before disposing it off and ensure that these objects are sent to the recycling plan
• Operate washing machines and dryers to wash linen and clothes and performing ironing and folding duties
• Replenish supplies such as towels, paper towels, soap and shampoos in bathrooms and kitchens
• Clean and maintain kitchen equipment including grills, fryers, fridges and dishwasher
• Wash dishes or operate dishwasher to clean dishes and ensure that all tableware is safely stores
• Maintain inventory of household supplies such as cleaning agents, linen and groceries
• Run errands such as paying household bills or shopping for groceries on the specific request of homeowners
• Dust and polish furniture and fixtures and wax and polish floors on a periodic basis
• Remove debris from driveways and parking areas and handle maintenance issues such as light bulb replacing and wire fixing