What do Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners do?
Perform any combination of light cleaning duties to maintain private households or commercial establishments, such as hotels and hospitals, in a clean and orderly manner. Duties may include making beds, replenishing linens, cleaning rooms and halls, and vacuuming.
- Carry linens, towels, toilet items, and cleaning supplies, using wheeled carts.
- Disinfect equipment and supplies, using germicides or steam-operated sterilizers.
- Clean rooms, hallways, lobbies, lounges, restrooms, corridors, elevators, stairways, locker rooms, and other work areas so that health standards are met.
- Empty wastebaskets, empty and clean ashtrays, and transport other trash and waste to disposal areas.
- Observe precautions required to protect hotel and guest property and report damage, theft, and found articles to supervisors.
- Replenish supplies, such as drinking glasses, linens, writing supplies, and bathroom items.
- Clean rugs, carpets, upholstered furniture, and draperies, using vacuum cleaners and shampooers.
- Dust and polish furniture and equipment.
- Keep storage areas and carts well-stocked, clean, and tidy.
- Wash windows, walls, ceilings, and woodwork, waxing and polishing as necessary.
- Sweep, scrub, wax, or polish floors, using brooms, mops, or powered scrubbing and waxing machines.
- Move and arrange furniture and turn mattresses.
- Hang draperies and dust window blinds.
- Wash dishes and clean kitchens, cooking utensils, and silverware.
- Polish silver accessories and metalwork, such as fixtures and fittings.
- Sort clothing and other articles, load washing machines, and iron and fold dried items.
- Request repair services and wait for repair workers to arrive.
- Sort, count, and mark clean linens and store them in linen closets.
- Prepare rooms for meetings and arrange decorations, media equipment, and furniture for social or business functions.
- Run errands, such as taking laundry to the cleaners and buying groceries.
- Remove debris from driveways, garages, and swimming pool areas.
- Purchase or order groceries and household supplies to keep kitchens stocked and record expenditures.
- Deliver television sets, ironing boards, baby cribs, and rollaway beds to guests' rooms.
- Care for children or elderly persons by overseeing their activities, providing companionship, and assisting them with dressing, bathing, eating, and other needs.
- Plan menus and cook and serve meals and refreshments following employer's instructions or own methods.
- Assign duties to other staff and give instructions regarding work methods and routines.
- Replace light bulbs.
- Answer telephones and doorbells.
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