Carpet Cleaner Kaiwhakapai Whāriki

Carpet cleaners clean carpets, floors and upholstery, and may dry and clean carpets after floods.

Carpet cleaners can apply to be registered with the Carpet Cleaners Association of New Zealand.

Carpet cleaners may do some or all of the following:

  • discuss clients' requirements and assess what cleaning needs to be done
  • choose the best cleaning methods for the job
  • clean carpets, hard floors, chairs, sofas and curtains
  • remove or reduce stains
  • sell products for cleaning and protecting carpets and furniture
  • use sprays to control pests such as fleas, cockroaches and ants.

Flood restoration technicians also:

  • assess flood damage to floors and upholstery from water, mud, sewage and mould
  • use specialised drying equipment such as dehumidifiers and pumps
  • wash and sanitise carpets and upholstery.

Flood Restoration Technician 

To become a flood restoration technician you need an Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) Water Damage Restoration Technician Certificate.

Physical Requirements

Carpet cleaners need to:

  • have a good level of health and fitness
  • be strong, as they lift heavy equipment
  • not be allergic to the chemicals they use.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for carpet cleaners includes:

  • cleaning work
  • customer service.

Personal Qualities

Carpet cleaners need to be:

  • able to follow instructions
  • honest and reliable
  • good at time management
  • good communicators
  • problem solvers
  • not squeamish, as they may have to clean trauma scenes or body fluids such as vomit.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for carpet cleaners includes:

  • cleaning work
  • customer service.

Subject Recommendations

There are no specific secondary education requirements to become a carpet cleaner. However, English, maths, processing technologies, and construction and mechanical technologies are useful.

Carpet Cleaners can earn around $18-$30 per hour per year.

Carpet cleaners may progress to set up their own business, or move into managerial roles.

Carpet cleaners can specialise in a number of roles, including:

Floor Polisher
Floor polishers strip, clean and polish hard floors.
Flood Restoration Technician
Flood restoration technicians remove water from flooded carpets and upholstery, and clean and sanitise damage caused by sewage, mud and mould.
Carpet Cleaner

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