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, fine linens, rugs, and carpets.
This career is part of the Hospitality & Tourism 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.
- Sorts and counts articles removed from dryers, and folds, wraps, or hangs them.
- Removes items from washers or dry-cleaning machines, or directs other workers to do so.
- 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.
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