Cleaner Job Description: Top Duties and Qualifications

A Cleaner, or Custodian, is responsible for keeping offices, homes, hotels or other public areas neat and organized. Their main duties include sweeping, mopping and vacuuming floors, dusting countertops, ceilings and furniture and sanitizing bathrooms, kitchens or other public areas.

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Cleaner duties and responsibilities

Cleaners perform a range of duties to keep your business clean, such as dusting, mopping, sweeping, waxing floors and vacuuming. They’re also responsible for performing routine inspections to check that spaces like restrooms are always sanitary. Cleaners are also responsible for:

  • Coordinating with other Cleaners to keep your business clean
  • Cleaning spills, broken glass and other messes up as quickly as possible
  • Performing maintenance activities related to cleaning (e.g. maintaining cleaning machinery)
  • Refilling supplies, such as toilet paper and paper towels
  • Ordering new cleaning supplies as needed

Cleaner Job Description Examples:



Are you looking for a flexible way to earn extra cash daily, make your own schedule, and provide a great experience to customers, all while having fun? You are in luck, Laundry Wings Washerplus choose their own hours, drive their own vehicles, and keep 100% of their tips!

  • Daily pay ($30 for 0-50lbs and $0.30 per lbs over 50lbs for each laundry order.)

  • Keep 100% of your tips

  • Make your own schedule

  • Less traffic w/smaller delivery zones

  • Part-time or full-time available (students drivers welcome)

    Job Types: Full-time, Part-time

    Salary: $30.00 /hour


  • driver's license (Required)

    Additional Compensation:

  • Tips

  • Bonuses

    Work Location:

  • Fully Remote

  • Multiple locations

    Pay Job Is:

  • A job for which all ages, including older job seekers, are encouraged to apply
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    Background Check AND Drug Screen Required

    Pay - $15.50 hourly

    Full Time, Weekends a must

    ABM is looking for motivated, hardworking individuals to join the ABM Janitorial team. This role would be as an ABM cleaner for an Amazon Warehouse, located in San Bernardino County, CA.

    Cleaning duties include

  • Maintaining lobbies, lunch/break areas, restrooms, the warehouse floor, and any additional rooms/spaces assigned by your manager

  • Applicants should be comfortable with lifting up to 65 lbs. and walking and standing for extended periods of time.

  • Breaking down pallets, card board boxes, maneuvering pallet jacks, forklifts, and other floor machines.

  • Maintaining carpets and hard surface floors by vacuuming, sweeping and mopping floors.

  • Dusting furniture, pictures, ventilation, lights and blinds, emptying wastebaskets, cleaning windows, restrooms and other normal cleaning and maintenance duties.

    Job Types: Full-time, Temporary

    Salary: $15.50 /hour

    Work authorization:

  • United States (Required)

    Work Location:

  • One location


  • Other

    Employment Length:

  • 1 - 3 months

    Pay Frequency:

  • Bi weekly or Twice monthly


  • Weekends Day Night 8 hour Overnight shift
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    A Local Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Company Needs 14 Cleaners TO Maintain Their Labs IN Bethesda, MD.

    $16.75 PER Hour + Benefits

  • NO Experience Needed / Paid Training Provided

  • Currently Hiring FOR 2nd and 3rd Shifts

  • Applicants Must BE Dependable With Great Attendance & Work Ethic.

  • High School Diploma OR Equivalent Required

  • Full Time / Part Time / Permanent Positions

  • Drug Testing / Background Check Required AND Provided

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    Job Types: Full-time, Part-time

    Salary: $16.75 /hour


  • English (Required)

    Work authorization:

  • United States (Required)

    Work Location:

  • One location


  • Health insurance

  • Dental insurance

  • Retirement plan

  • Paid time off

    Hours per week:

  • 20-29

  • 30-39

    Typical start time:

  • 6PM

    Typical end time:

  • 2AM


  • Healthcare


  • Monday to Friday

  • Weekends required

  • Night shift

  • 8 hour No
  • What does a Cleaner do?

    A cleaner works to keep an organization tidy and orderly by taking stock of cleaning supplies and completing small cleaning jobs throughout the day like emptying trash cans, washing windows and scrubbing any dirty areas. They’re often given a certain set of tasks to complete before their shift and must have them finished by the end of the day. Cleaners are responsible for the safety of patrons or office workers by ensuring areas are properly sanitized and cleaning up any spills or messes that may harm customers or other employees.

    Cleaner skills and qualifications

    A good Cleaner needs the right skills and qualifications. Being able to handle cleaning chemicals safely is good and Cleaners must be able to multitask and stick to their schedules while also responding to incidents as they occur throughout the day. Other essential Cleaner skills include:

    • Communication
    • Interpersonal skills
    • Proactivity
    • The ability to work independently with minimal supervision
    • The ability to follow health and safety standards
    • Time management

    Cleaner salary expectations

    We’ve collected Cleaner salary data from more than 65,000 people over the past three years. On average, Cleaners make an average of $11.42 an hour, with the lowest amounts being reported at $7.25 an hour and the highest amounts coming in at $22.95 an hour. Cleaners typically stay with an employer for less than one year.

    Cleaner education and training requirements

    Cleaners are typically required to have a high school diploma or GED. Many cleaning jobs are entry-level and ask that employees have some prior experience. Team leaders may be expected to have some college education or several years of experience as a Cleaner. Depending on the role, Cleaners may also have to complete additional training requirements. Industrial Cleaners, for example, may have to comply with Occupational Safety and Health Administration chemical safety standards.

    Cleaner experience requirements

    The experience required for a Cleaner depends on the role you’re filling. If you’re hiring entry-level positions, zero to three years of experience is standard for a Cleaner. For mid- and senior-level positions, expect workers with three or more years of experience. The industry is also a factor in experience requirements. A Cleaner at a hotel, for example, will have a different experience than an industrial Cleaner. You may also require experience with certain types of equipment, such as powered scrubbers or waxing machines, for your role. Be sure to mention these unique experience requirements in your Cleaner job description.

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    Frequently asked questions about Cleaners


    What's the difference between a Cleaner and a Housekeeper?

    Housekeepers usually travel to different houses and perform light cleaning tasks several times a week. They primarily work in someone’s house or in a hotel setting completing several projects like washing and drying dishes, changing bed linens and picking up clutter. 

    A Cleaner can work not just in houses or hotels, but also in many workplace environments performing both light and deep cleaning services. If a Cleaner works in someone’s home, they usually come over less than a Housekeeper and provide more deep cleaning services like wiping and sanitizing entire kitchens, scrubbing down bathrooms and shampooing and vacuuming upholstery and carpets. 


    What are the different types of Cleaners?

    Cleaners can work in a variety of settings and may hold different tasks depending on the place they work in. Some cleaners may work in a Janitor or Custodian role within an office. Their tasks typically involve emptying trash cans, mopping and buffing the floors, scrubbing and disinfecting restrooms and vacuuming carpeted areas. They may also be responsible for taking stock of the inventory and reporting any cleaning items they’re running low on. 

    Cleaners may hold similar responsibilities in a hospital setting, but may be required to follow more strict guidelines, like constantly keeping hallways, bathrooms and patient rooms clean and sanitized and ensuring the hallways are constantly free from obstacles that may harm patients or hospital employees. Some Cleaners may also perform groundskeeping duties for hospitals and offices, like watering plants, shoveling snow and mowing lawns.


    What makes a good Cleaner?

    Strong Cleaners are often responsible as they’re in charge of making sure a facility is tidy and keeps people safe from getting sick due to excess bacteria and germs. They must also pay close attention to the requirements and rules they’re given and should constantly be on alert to ensure they’re following necessary cleaning guidelines and are keeping designated areas clear from breakages or slippery floors.

    Effective Cleaners should also be able to stand and move around for long periods of time as they’re regularly on their feet and bending over to clean certain items, so being in good physical shape is important. Good Cleaners should also be independent and able to complete their tasks each day with little to no supervision.   


    Who does a Cleaner report to?

    The person a Cleaner reports to usually depends on the organization or industry they work in. If they’re working at a large company, there may be several Cleaners on staff who may have a Cleaner Supervisor they all report to. Smaller companies usually require the Cleaner to report to the building’s owner or manager. If the Cleaner is experiencing any problems or is running low on cleaning supplies, they may report to their manager or building owner to resolve any issues.

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