Cleaner Kaihoroi Whare

Cleaners clean offices, factories, shops, public buildings, schools, private homes and aircraft.

Cleaners may do some or all of the following:

  • sweep, vacuum, mop and polish floors
  • dust and polish furniture and fittings
  • clean and sanitise surfaces and appliances
  • renew items like toilet paper and cleaning materials
  • tidy, wash dishes, iron, and make beds 
  • operate high-pressure hoses, elevated work platforms (cherry pickers) and steam-cleaning or ozone cleaning equipment
  • invoice clients and keep accounts.

Hospital Cleaner

Hospital cleaners need to complete a New Zealand Certificate in Cleaning (Level 2) with an endorsement in infection control and prevention of contamination. This certificate is gained in the workplace. 

Physical Requirements

Cleaners need to be reasonably fit, healthy and strong, as their work can be physically demanding, and they spend long periods on their feet.

They may need to:

  • be comfortable working in confined spaces (such as plane cabins)
  • be comfortable working at heights (if they clean roofs, for example)
  • not be allergic to chemical cleaners.

Personal Qualities

Cleaners need to be:

  • adaptable
  • honest, reliable and hard-working 
  • quick and efficient, with an eye for detail
  • able to follow instructions, and also to work independently.

Subject Recommendations

No specific secondary education is required for this job, but maths and English to at least NCEA Level 1 are useful.

For Year 11 to 13 learners, the Gateway programme is a good way to gain relevant experience and skills.

Cleaners can earn around $19-$24 per hour per year.

Cleaners may progress to set up their own cleaning business or move into management.

Cleaners may specialise in a certain role such as:

Commercial/Industrial Cleaner
Commercial/industrial cleaners clean places such as shops, offices, hospitals and factories.
Domestic/House Cleaner
Domestic/house cleaners clean homes.
Toxic Site Cleaner
Toxic site cleaners clean up hazardous material such as chemicals from methamphetamine (P) production.
Trauma Cleaner
Trauma cleaners clean up after crimes or other serious incidents.

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