Laundry and Dry-Cleaning Workers

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Also known as:  Drycleaner, Launderer, Laundress, Laundry Attendant, Laundry Equipment Operator, Laundry Operator, Laundry Sorter, Laundry Worker, Precision Dyer

ABOUT LAUNDRY OR DRY-CLEANING WORKER CAREERS

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A multitude of fabrics makes up the fashion scene today. Synthetics like nylon and spandex; natural cottons; linen, silk, and wool; leather, suede, and furs, all have one thing in common - sooner or later they must be cleaned. That's what provides an endless supply of customers for laundry and dry-c ...
leaning workers.

To stay in business, establishments that provide laundry and dry-cleaning services must train employees to treat each fabric with care. That means they have to learn the particular way each kind of fabric should be laundered, or cleaned. Often, the business extends to cleaning rugs and draperies as well.

The work may include treating spots and stains before cleaning, steam-pressing or ironing by hand to remove wrinkles, and making minor repairs or sewing on buttons. You also need to keep track of items so they are not lost or misplaced with another customer. It's a tough job, physically. You're on your feet most of the time, and there's a lot of bending, lifting, and carrying.

The chemicals used in the cleaning can be harsh, and operating the equipment can be dangerous. The work environment can be noisy, odorous, and hot. But it's a business that can reward hard work and careful attention to detail with a steady stream of satisfied customers. With experience, a few workers go on to open their own shop.
SNAPSHOT Expand
Operate or tend 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.
Leadership
HIGH
Critical decision making
HIGH
Level of responsibilities
HIGH
Job challenge and pressure to meet deadlines
HIGH
Dealing and handling conflict
LOW
Competition for this position
LOW
Communication with others
LOW
Work closely with team members, clients etc.
HIGH
Comfort of the work setting
HIGH
Exposure to extreme environmental conditions
LOW
Exposure to job hazards
LOW
Physical demands
HIGH
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DAILY TASKS Expand
Clean machine filters, and lubricate equipment.
Inspect soiled articles to determine sources of stains, to locate color imperfections, and to identify items requiring special treatment.
Start washers, dry cleaners, driers, or extractors, and turn valves or levers to regulate machine processes and the volume of soap, detergent, water, bleach, starch, and other additives.
Remove items from washers or dry-cleaning machines, or direct other workers to do so.
Load articles into washers or dry-cleaning machines, or direct other workers to perform loading.
Operate extractors and driers, or direct their operation.
Sort and count articles removed from dryers, and fold, wrap, or hang them.
Receive and mark articles for laundry or dry cleaning with identifying code numbers or names, using hand or machine markers.
Examine and sort into lots articles to be cleaned, according to color, fabric, dirt content, and cleaning technique required.
MAIN ACTIVITIES Expand
Getting Information Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
Performing General Physical Activities Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.
Controlling Machines and Processes Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles).
Training and Teaching Others Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others.
Handling and Moving Objects Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.
Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.
Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
AREAS OF KNOWLEDGE Expand
Customer and Personal Service Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Administration and Management Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
Production and Processing Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
Education and Training Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
Personnel and Human Resources Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.
Chemistry Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.
Public Safety and Security Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
KEY ABILITIES Expand
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
Arm-Hand Steadiness The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
Trunk Strength The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing.
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
TOP SKILLS Expand
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Operation and Control Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
Operation Monitoring Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
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