Maid/Cleaner  What They Do

Just the Facts


Performs any combination of light cleaning duties to maintain private households or commercial establishments, such as hotels and hospitals, in a clean and orderly manner. Duties may include making beds, replenishing linens, cleaning rooms and halls, and vacuuming.

This career is part of the Hospitality and Tourism cluster Lodging pathway.


A person in this career:

  • Carries linens, towels, toilet items, and cleaning supplies, using wheeled carts.
  • Disinfects equipment and supplies, using germicides or steam-operated sterilizers.
  • Cleans rooms, hallways, lobbies, lounges, restrooms, corridors, elevators, stairways, locker rooms, and other work areas so that health standards are met.
  • Empties wastebaskets, empties and cleans ashtrays, and transports other trash and waste to disposal areas.
  • Observes precautions required to protect hotel and guest property and reports damage, theft, and found articles to supervisors.
  • Replenishes supplies, such as drinking glasses, linens, writing supplies, and bathroom items.
  • Cleans rugs, carpets, upholstered furniture, and draperies, using vacuum cleaners and shampooers.
  • Dusts and polishes furniture and equipment.
  • Keeps storage areas and carts well-stocked, clean, and tidy.
  • Washes windows, walls, ceilings, and woodwork, waxing and polishing as necessary.

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Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 20 lbs., sometimes up to 50 lbs. You might do a lot of lifting, carrying, pushing or pulling.
  • Work in this occupation involves bending or twisting your body more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves use of protective items such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, a hard hat, or personal flotation devices
  • Exposure to pollutants, gases, dust, fumes, odors, poor ventilation, etc.
  • Exposed to disease and infections more than once a month through work such as patient care, laboratory work, and sanitation control
  • Work in this occupation involves using your hands to hold, control, and feel objects more than one-third of the time
  • Exposed to hazardous situations involving possible injury such as cuts, bites, stings, and minor burns more than once a month
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves kneeling, crouching, stooping, and/or crawling more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves making repetitive motions more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves standing more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves walking or running more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Bending, stretching, twisting, or reaching
  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Exerting oneself physically over long periods of time without getting out of breath
  • Using abdominal and lower back muscles repeatedly or over time without tiring

Work Hours and Travel

  • Irregular hours
  • Weekend work

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