What are the different types of cleaning jobs available?

There are many different types of cleaning jobs available. From domestic workers and office cleaners to housekeepers and commercial/industrial cleaners, cleaning jobs are an essential part of every industry.

What is a domestic worker?

A domestic worker is a person who is hired to carry out household chores in the employer’s home. They clean and tidy homes, flats, apartments, townhouses etc.

What are the primary duties of a domestic worker?

A domestic worker’s main job is to clean and tidy a home. These duties include:

  • dusting, sweeping and vacuuming
  • washing and polishing floors
  • cleaning windows
  • washing clothes
  • ironing
  • cleaning bathrooms and kitchens
  • polishing mirrors
  • tidying up and putting things away

If you are reliable, observant, self-motivated, trustworthy, efficient, friendly, helpful, careful and take pride in your work, then domestic work could be for you.

Domestic worker jobs
Domestic workers take care of homes

How do I become a domestic worker?

You do not need a qualification to become a Domestic Worker. If you want to become a Domestic Worker, you can get a job by:

  • Letting people know that you want work – they might know of someone who is hiring
  • Looking in the newspaper
  • Looking at community notice boards in libraries or on shop windows
  • Placing your own advert on these boards or in a newspaper
  • Handing out flyers at the robots in the area letting people know that you’re looking for work.
  • Search here for any current cleaning jobs on our website

What is an office cleaner or tea lady?

An office cleaner or tea lady is a person whose primary job is to clean offices and prepare tea.

What are the primary duties of a cleaner?

A cleaner’s main job function is to clean an office. Their main duties include:

  • Dusting, mopping, sweeping, vacuuming and waxing floors
  • Refilling supplies suck as toilet paper and paper towels
  • Cleaning spills, broken glass and other messes as quickly as possible
  • Washing dishes and cleaning restrooms
  • Ordering new cleaning supplies as needed
  • Making tea at certain times during the day.

If you are reliable, observant, self-motivated, trustworthy, efficient, friendly, helpful, careful and take pride in your work, then a cleaning job could be for you.

A good cleaner also needs certain skills and qualifications. These include good interpersonal and communication skills. They must be proactive and be able to work independently with minimal supervision. A cleaner must have a knowledge of health and safety standards and be able to handle chemicals safely.

Excellent time management skills, the ability to multitask and stick to a schedule are also very important.

How do I become a cleaner? 

Most cleaner jobs require the following:

  • Grade 12 or Matric
  • Some cleaning experience
  • A good command of the English language
  • Basic customer service

If you are bilingual and have previous cleaning experience, this will work in your favour.

What is a housekeeper?

A housekeeper works primarily in the hospitality industry. From hotels and Bed & Breakfasts to lodges, housekeepers look after the cleaning aspect of the establishment.

Housekeeper Jobs
Housekeepers work in the hospitality sector.

What are the primary duties of a housekeeper?

A housekeeper’s main job function is to clean and take care of a hotel, B&B or lodge. Their main duties include:

  • Dusting, mopping, sweeping, vacuuming and waxing floors
  • Cleaning guest rooms
  • Making beds, changing linen and cleaning bathrooms
  • Refilling supplies suck as toilet paper and paper towels
  • Cleaning spills, broken glass and other messes as quickly as possible
  • Doing the laundry (washing bedding, towels etc.)
  • Cleaning the dining area and other guest spaces

People who are reliable, observant, self-motivated, trustworthy, efficient, friendly, helpful, careful and take pride in their work will thrive in this job.

A good housekeeper will need good communication skills and a pleasant demeanour. They must be able to work quickly and independently with minimal supervision. Excellent time management skills and the ability to multitask will come in handy.

How do I become a housekeeper? 

Most housekeeping jobs require the following:

  • Grade 12 or Matric
  • Some cleaning experience
  • A good command of the English language
  • A basic housekeeping course will be advantageous

What is a commercial or industrial cleaner?

Industrial/commercial cleaners are responsible for cleaning non-domestic properties such as warehouses, hospitals, prisons, schools, manufacturing or production plants and corporate offices. They also ensure that work environments are healthy and safe for the other employees who work in the building. Industrial cleaners may work during the day, but most work after the bulk of the workforce has left the building.

What are the primary duties of a commercial or industrial cleaner?

Their main duties include:

  • Cleaning, stocking and supplying designated facility areas (dusting, sweeping, vacuuming, mopping, cleaning ceiling vents, restroom cleaning etc.)
  • Cleaning of the outside of the building, cargo, production lines, containers or vehicles
  • Performing and documenting routine inspection and maintenance activities
  • Carrying out heavy cleansing tasks and special projects
  • Following all health and safety regulations
  • Handling heavy cleaning equipment and machinery

If you have a proven working experience as a cleaner, have integrity, a good work ethic and are keen to learn, then this is the type of cleaning job for you.

How do I become an industrial or commercial cleaner? 

Most cleaning jobs require the following:

  • Grade 12 or Matric
  • Experience in cleaning industrial or commercial property
  • Knowledge of cleaning chemicals and supplies
  • Familiar with Material Safety Data Sheets
  • A good command of the English language

Don’t forget that it is very important to make a good first impression for any job application. To brush up on your CV and cover letter skills, follow our tips here:

How to write a Professional CV

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