Laundry and Dry Cleaning Worker Job Description

January 22, 2011 | By More

Laundry and Dry-Cleaning Worker Job Profile and Description

Laundry and dry-cleaning workers clean garments, linens, draperies, blankets, and other light textile-based articles. They are known to clean leather, furs, suede, and rugs. Laundry and dry-cleaning workers provide proper cleaning by adjusting machine settings for a given fabric, as determined by the cleaning instructions on each item of clothing. When necessary, workers treat spots and stains on articles before laundering or dry-cleaning. They ensure that items are not lost or misplaced with those of another customer.

Laundry and Dry-Cleaning Worker Duties and Responsibilities

  • Receive and mark items for laundry or dry cleaning with identifying code numbers or names, using hand or machine markers.
  • Inspect soiled articles to determine sources of stains, to locate color imperfections, and to identify items requiring special treatment.
  • Regulate machine processes with the right volume of, water, bleach, detergent, starch, and other additives.
  • Sort and count articles removed from dryers, fold, wrap, or hang them.
  • Examine and sort into lots articles to be cleaned, according to color, fabric, dirt content, and cleaning technique required.
  • Load articles into washers or dry-cleaning machines, or direct other workers to perform loading.
  • Mix and add detergents, bleaches, dyes, starches, and chemicals to color, clean, dry, or stiffen articles.
  • Clean machine filters, and lubricate equipment.

Laundry and Dry-Cleaning Worker Skills and Specifications

  • Must be dependable, responsible, honest and hart working
  • Must be able to follow directions
  • Must have good interpersonal skills to get along with other people
  • Must have manual dexterity in the use of laundry and dry cleaning appliances


Laundry and Dry-Cleaning Worker Education and Qualifications

No formal education is required and most skills are learned on-the-job or through informal training conducted by employers but a high school diploma or equivalent in work experience is an advantage

Laundry and Dry-Cleaning Worker Helper Salary

The median hourly wage of Laundry and Dry-Cleaning Workers stood at around $9.28 in 2008, or $19,310 annually. The middle 50% received between $7.92 and $11.10. The lowest 10% earned $7.09 and the highest 10% earned $13.72.

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