Operates or tends washing or dry-cleaning machines to wash or dry-clean industrial or household articles, such as cloth garments, suede, leather, furs, blankets, draperies, linens, rugs, and carpets. Includes spotters and dyers of these articles.
This career is part of the Human Services cluster Personal Care Services pathway.
A person in this career:
- Loads articles into washers or dry-cleaning machines, or directs other workers to perform loading.
- Starts washers, dry cleaners, driers, or extractors, and turns valves or levers to regulate machine processes and the volume of soap, detergent, water, bleach, starch, and other additives.
- Operates extractors and driers, or directs their operation.
- Removes items from washers or dry-cleaning machines, or directs other workers to do so.
- Sorts and counts articles removed from dryers, and folds, wraps, or hangs them.
- Cleans machine filters, and lubricates equipment.
- Examines and sorts into lots articles to be cleaned, according to color, fabric, dirt content, and cleaning technique required.
- Receives and marks articles for laundry or dry cleaning with identifying code numbers or names, using hand or machine markers.
- Applies bleaching powders to spots and sprays them with steam to remove stains from fabrics that do not respond to other cleaning solvents.
- Determines spotting procedures and proper solvents, based on fabric and stain types.