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Housekeeper

Perform cleaning duties in private or public facilities.

What does a Housekeeper do?

Housekeepers are required in the hospitality industry, in nursing homes, and in offices to perform cleaning tasks. In a hotel, some of your tasks include making beds, replacing toiletries, and doing laundry. You might also clean dishes, polish furniture, clean carpets, and remove the trash. Dusting, vacuuming, mopping floors, and cleaning windows are some of your daily responsibilities. You’re expected to report broken furniture or missing items.

Physical fitness is an important requirement, as cleaning involves standing for long hours, bending, and lifting and moving heavy objects. Cleaning supplies can contain toxins, and dust can cause allergies, so wearing protective gear such as gloves and aprons and following all safety procedures are important parts of the job.

Being a team player with good communication and interpersonal skills is essential as you listen to and communicate orders, understand instructions, and work on a team. Attention to detail is another important trait. There are no educational requirements, but a high school degree is normally expected, as you should be able to communicate and do basic math. Housekeeping techniques are best learned on the job.