Position Overview

Domestic assistants are actually housekeepers and are usually hired in a personal capacity. Housework is a demanding job and working families may not be able to do justice to it. Domestic assistants are hired to assist busy people to upkeep their houses. Some domestic assistants may be hired to work independently other may be hired to just assist with some duties while the homeowner is at home.

Specific duties of domestic assistants actually depend on their understanding with homeowners. Some homeowners may just want their laundry done while others will want to have the whole house cleaned and the dishes washed. In larger families or bigger houses, domestic assistants work while living in with the family; many will be hired for only a few hours each day and can cover a few houses this way. Work hours of a domestic assistant may depend on how many days he or she works. While some people would like their home cleaned every day, many will ask a domestic assistant to come in only a few times a week.

People who are interested in working as domestic assistants may have a look at the following list of duties particular to this position in order to understand what may be expected of them when hired. These statements can be used to write a cover letter or resume for domestic assistant position.

Domestic Assistant Job Description and Duties

• Clean floors by mopping, sweeping and scrubbing

• Mix cleaning chemicals in the right quantity and by following best safety practices

• Use cleaning solutions with care and ensure that it is wiped down at the end of the cleaning procedure

• Vacuum and shampoo carpets and shake out cushions to get rid of dust

• Empty wastepaper bins and dispose of waste in a proper manner

• Wipe kitchen surfaces and tidy up counters

• Wash and dry dishes and put them away in designated cupboards

• Do laundry and hang clothes out to dry

• Iron clothes and put them in designated wardrobes

• Wash bathrooms and clean pipe-work

• Dust handrails and radiators and wash out waste bins

• Dust and polish furniture and clean windowsills

• Replenish supplies such as soap and clean towels in the bathrooms

• Cook food according to homeowners’ instruction

• Shop for groceries and ensure that they are stocked properly

• Assist children with homework and dress and bath them

• Change linens and make beds

• Ensure that cleaning supplies are stored properly

• Maintain cleaning equipment such as vacuum cleaners and dishwashers

• Report faulty equipment to homeowners and any needed repairs or defects in the building structure