Laundry WorkerJob Description:
Laundry workers operate washing machines and tumble dryers to clean and dry items like clothes, bed linen and uniforms.Job Category:
What you will do:
In this role you could:
- check items before washing for damage or stains
- use water and chemicals to remove stains before cleaning
- sort items according to colour, size and type of fabric
- tag items with bar codes or computer chips for easy identification
- load items into machines
- add cleaning agents and set controls
- finish items by drying, pressing and folding
- process orders, send out invoices and update customer databases
- deliver laundered items back to the customer
- the ability to work well with your hands
- to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
As well as:
- to be thorough and pay attention to detail
- customer service skills
- the ability to work well with others
- patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
- to be flexible and open to change (adaptability skills)
- the ability to use your initiative
- the ability to organise your time and workload (organisational skills)
To become a laundry worker, you don’t typically need specific subjects. Laundry worker positions often require practical skills, attention to detail, and a strong work ethic. However, certain subjects and skills can be beneficial if you’re considering a career in this field. Here are some subjects that can be helpful:
- Mathematics: Basic math skills are useful for tasks like measuring detergent and ensuring proper load sizes in laundry machines.
- Science: While not mandatory, having a basic understanding of the principles of chemistry and physics can be helpful for understanding laundry processes and the properties of different fabrics and detergents.
- Physical Education (PE): Laundry workers may engage in physically demanding work, so being physically fit and having stamina can be an asset.
You can get into this job through:
- an apprenticeship
- applying directly
You can do an intermediate apprenticeship for textile care operatives.
You can apply directly for jobs. Experience in dry-cleaning or commercial clothes pressing may give you an advantage, although many employers will train you on the job.
Working Hours and Environment:
Typically you could work 39 to 41 hours a week, which could include evenings, weekends, or holidays.
You could work at a laundry, in a hotel or in an NHS or private hospital.
Your working environment may be physically demanding, humid and hot.
Career Path & Progression:
With experience you could become a laundry service supervisor or manager.
You could also start your own laundry business.