What does a Custodian do?
Custodians are typically employed by office parks, schools and any other facilities that need frequent maintenance and upkeep. They clean up spills caused by food or beverages, wash windows, mop floors, wipe tables, replace air filters and maintain a trash and recycling removal schedule in accordance with local pickup times. Their job is to uphold the health and safety of a building’s occupants by ensuring proper sanitation and completing chores. They may also complete outdoor chores including mowing green spaces, trimming bushes and power-washing walls, windows and sidewalks.
Custodian skills and qualifications
Custodians need a wide range of skills and qualifications, including:
- Ability to stand and walk for long periods
- Ability to lift and move over 50 pounds
- Knowledge of different cleaning products and tools
- Time-management and multitasking abilities
- Physical strength and stamina
- Organization skills
- Good verbal communication and interpersonal skills
- Ability to work with minimal supervision
Custodian salary expectations
A Custodian makes an average of $11.95 per hour. Pay rate may depend on level of experience, education and the geographical location.
Custodian education and training requirements
Entry-level custodians should have a high school diploma or GED, and there are no prior training requirements. However, most new employees complete short-term, on-the-job training to learn about things like handling chemicals safely and how to properly clean. Jobs that require using machinery or special equipment, like floor buffers, may require additional training. Those working with biohazards or hazardous chemicals may need to earn and maintain certifications.
Custodian experience requirements
Custodians can start with little to no experience. Entry-level Custodians typically learn from more experienced cleaning professionals until they can work independently. Many new Custodians start with basic tasks, then quickly learn how to complete all cleaning duties. Custodians working with complex equipment or hazardous chemicals usually need at least one to three years of related experience. Senior-level Custodians or those leading a team usually need at least three to five years of experience, with some management experience preferred.
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