Laundry and dry-cleaning workers clean clothing, linens, drapes, and other articles, using washing, drying, and dry-cleaning machines. They also may clean leather, suede, furs, and rugs. Show Details
Laundry and dry-cleaning workers typically do the following:
Receive items from customers and mark them with codes or names
Inspect articles for stains and fabrics that require special care
Sort articles to be cleaned by fabric type, color, and cleaning technique
Load clothing into laundry and dry-cleaning machines
Add detergent, bleach, and other chemicals to laundry and dry-cleaning machines
Remove, sort, and hang clothing and other articles after they are removed from the machines
Clean and maintain laundry and dry-cleaning machines
Laundry and dry-cleaning workers ensure proper cleaning of clothing, linens, and other articles. They adjust machine settings for a given fabric or article, as determined by the cleaning instructions on each item of clothing.
When necessary, workers treat spots and stains on articles before washing or dry-cleaning. They monitor machines during the cleaning process and ensure that items are not lost or placed with items of another customer.
Sometimes, laundry and dry-cleaning workers interact with customers. They take the receipts, find the customer's clothing, take payment, make change, and do the cash register work that retail sales people do.
Some dry-cleaners offer alteration services. Often, sewers and tailors do these tasks, but some laundry and dry-cleaning workers do them as well. For more information, see the profile on sewers and tailors.