Cleaning professionals are those in charge of sanitizing and creating a healthy environment for people to live and work in. They are employed in virtually all types of locations, establishments, companies, and industries. They are tasked with keeping everything in a neat and orderly fashion, taking out and disposing of garbage and other residues, and maintaining the cleanliness and good image of their workplace. Wherever people work, there will likely be a cleaning team.
Given the immense number of workplaces and opportunities available, it comes as no surprise that there is a wide variety of specializations and fields of expertise for these individuals. Some Cleaners are hired by hotels or hospitals, where cleanliness is their main objective; others choose to work in private residences, schools, or offices; some of them are hired in industries and factories, where they are required to go through a special training to clean these facilities; and some others choose to specialize in specific locations or appliances (e.g. pools, chimneys, cars, or the exterior of buildings).
Here’s a non-exhaustive list of common tasks Cleaners are required to complete.
- Cleaning areas within a building, residence, office, or other establishments using specialized tools (e.g. brooms, mops, cleaning chemicals, and vacuum cleaners):
- Disinfecting floors and other facilities using mops, scrubs, and specialized chemicals;
- dusting and cleaning specialized office equipment with the necessary precautions to avoid damaging them;
- restocking bathrooms and other facilities with soap, toilet paper, and other amenities;
- following instructions and precautions when handling acids and other strong chemicals;
- using special protective gear (e.g. gloves, goggles, and protective masks suits) when employing chemicals for cleaning; and
- disposing of garbage and other residues following the established protocols.
- Inventorying and requisitioning materials as they’re used and need restocking.
- Keeping record and track of all activities, as well as submitting reports to employers when requested.
- Cleaning floors of buildings, residences, hospitals, hotels, offices, and other locations.
- Using specialized materials for cleaning (e.g. brooms, mops, scrubs, brushes, vacuum cleaners, and specialized chemicals).
- Wearing protective gear (e.g. gloves, goggles, and respirators) when handling chemicals.
- Keeping track and records of all activities.
- Requesting restocking of cleaning supplies when needed.
The average Cleaner salary in Canada is $28,421 per year or $15 per hour. This is around 0.9 times less than the Median wage of the country. Entry level positions start at $20,000 while most experienced workers make up to $40,000. These results are based on 3,439 salaries extracted from job descriptions.
- Organizational and time management skills:
- Having strong multitasking skills; being able to work in a dynamic, fast-paced environment; and
- being organized and having excellent attention to detail.
- Interpersonal and communication skills:
- Communicating clearly in order to get the message across to employers;
- having a positive, calm, and courteous attitude at all times; and
- being able to focus their attention on employer’s needs, delivering high levels of customer service.
- Ability to work independently, as well as cohesively as part of a team.
- Highly responsible and reliable.
- Committed to providing an excellent service and exceed employers’ expectations.
Due to being able to work in almost any environment and location conceivable, job opportunities for Cleaners are widely available. Most job offers only require applicants to have completed secondary school education, as there is no specific academic accreditation necessary for most jobs as a Cleaner, and most employers offer in-house training. There are, however, specialized courses on industrial or special-purpose cleaning available in vocational schools and community colleges. Completion of these courses is often necessary to work in big industries or laboratories where special training and precautions are usually necessary.
What interests employers the most when hiring new Cleaners is experience. Depending on the type of setting they will be working on, the number of years of experience expected may vary. For example, a Cleaner looking to work at residences doesn’t need as much experience as one looking to work in a hospital or a five-star hotel.
Depending on where they work, Cleaners may sometimes have to work late nights, weekends, and even holidays. This happens mostly in locations that work 24 hours a day (e.g. airports, hospitals, and hotels). Cleaners working in offices and residences rarely work outside of the standard working hours.