A janitor or cleaner (but not maid or housekeeping cleaner) typically is hired by building managers to keep the general traffic areas of a building clean and tidy. This employee may work during the day, but typically janitors and cleaners work after hours so that the workspace is clean at the beginning of each new workday.
Janitors and cleaners perform a variety of cleaning tasks on a regular (usually daily) basis. This includes vacuuming carpeted floors, emptying wastebaskets and picking up garbage, cleaning up messes, and sweeping and cleaning tiled floors. Janitors also usually maintain the cleanliness of bathrooms through cleaning all floors, surfaces, toilets, and mirrors; they also restock any supplies, such as paper towels and toilet tissue. Additionally, the janitor may be given special tasks at various intervals, such as dusting and polishing glass fixtures, and windows. Because janitors and cleaners typically work after hours, they usually have an alarm code and are expected to keep the facility locked, safe, and secure while inside.
Building management companies may prefer to hire applicants with some amount of prior janitorial or professional cleaning experience for these jobs. As a regular part of their job, a cleaner should expect to be able to comfortably lift 25 to 50 pounds as well. Janitors and cleaners must be able to work quickly and efficiently, and they must pay close attention to detail to ensure that areas under their supervision are clean.
Janitor or Cleaner (but not Maid or Housekeeping Cleaner) Tasks
Clean assigned areas including furniture, telephones, fixtures, walls, windows, window sills, blinds and vents.
Sweep, mop, and vacuum all area floors, rest rooms and break areas.
Clean rest room facilities and replenish supplies.
Perform general cleaning, light floor care and special event set ups.
Collect and remove trash and recyclables.