Laundry Worker/Dry-cleaner Kaimahi Horoi Kākahu/Kaiwhakamohani Kākahu

Laundry workers/dry-cleaners clean, wash and care for clothing, curtains and bedding.

Laundry workers/dry-cleaners may do some or all of the following:

  • take laundry from customers, calculate costs of work and record work to be done
  • label and sort items to be cleaned
  • inspect items for stains, and spot-clean as required
  • load and unload dry-cleaning or washing machines and driers
  • steam-press items
  • iron, fold and pack cleaned laundry
  • deliver items to businesses or private homes
  • repair and alter clothing, if they offer these services.

Physical Requirements

Laundry workers/dry-cleaners need to be reasonably fit as they have to lift heavy bags of laundry. They must also not be sensitive to chemicals used in the laundering or dry-cleaning processes.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for laundry workers/dry-cleaners includes:

  • work with fabric or textiles
  • clothing retail work
  • housekeeping.

Personal Qualities

Laundry workers/dry-cleaners need to be:

  • quick, practical and methodical
  • able to pay attention to detail
  • careful and responsible
  • good at basic maths.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for laundry workers/dry-cleaners includes:

  • work with fabric or textiles
  • clothing retail work
  • housekeeping.

Subject Recommendations

There are no specific secondary education requirements to become a laundry worker/dry-cleaner. However, NCEA Level 1 English, maths and textiles are useful subjects.

Laundry Worker/Dry-cleaners can earn around $21-$26 per hour per year.

Experienced laundry workers/dry-cleaners may move into supervisory or management positions. They may also set up or buy their own business.

Laundry workers/dry-cleaners usually specialise as either a:

Laundry Worker
Laundry workers wash, dry, fold and organise laundry.
Dry-cleaner
Dry-cleaners use chemicals to clean clothing.
Laundry Worker/Dry-cleaner

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