Industrial Cleaner Careers

How to become Industrial Cleaner

What does a Industrial Cleaner do?

Industrial cleaners provide a cleaning service for organisations such as manufacturing companies, service companies, local authorities or government departments.

The methods and equipment that they use depend on the cleaning task. In some cases they use familiar domestic equipment such as brushes, mops, etc; in others, pressure washers, steam and sandblasting equipment, wire brushes, solvents and other chemicals are used. There is an increasing use of powered equipment for particular tasks, such as electrically powered machines for cleaning and polishing large floor areas.

They may have to carry out some simple maintenance of the equipment they use and check the stock levels of cleaning materials.

Industrial cleaners have to follow appropriate safety procedures, for instance when using potentially hazardous solvents to remove graffiti, oils, etc. Some specialise in cleaning delicate equipment or in particular cleaning tasks such as clearing up after fires, floods or building work.

What's the working environment like working as a Industrial Cleaner?

Full-time cleaners work 35 to 40 hours per week. Many cleaners work part-time hours. Cleaning is often carried out when buildings are closed for normal activities, for example, in the evenings, early morning, or at weekends. Overtime may be available.

Much of the time is spent standing, walking, bending, lifting and handling equipment. Conditions vary, and can be noisy, dirty and dusty, or in cramped spaces. They wear protective clothing from overalls and gloves for simple tasks, to fuller protection such as facemasks and special footwear and harnesses for potentially hazardous work.

Where they work depends on employers and may include working in a hospital, factory, shopping centre or in smaller premises. Some may work outdoors, such as those who specialise in cleaning building exteriors.

What does it take to become a Industrial Cleaner?

To be an industrial cleaner you should:

  • be able to read job and safety instructions
  • have numeracy skills, for measuring out cleaning fluids
  • be reasonably physically fit, as the work is active
  • be able to cope with heights, if cleaning windows
  • be honest, trustworthy and reliable
  • be self-motivated and responsible to clean to set standards
  • be able to work unsupervised, or as part of a team
  • be aware of the importance of following health and safety procedures and regulations.
A driving licence may be useful for travelling between sites.

Industrial Cleaner Career Opportunities

Industrial cleaners may work for an organisation that directly employs its own cleaners, or they may be employed by a contracting company. Public organisations and large companies increasingly use contractors to provide cleaning services. Industrial cleaning companies are located throughout the country. Cleaners work on a variety of contracts in industry and commerce.

Some companies provide a range of cleaning services while others specialise, eg providing emergency cover, cleaning building exteriors or cleaning equipment.

With the appropriate experience and skills, it may be possible to gain promotion to supervisor.

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