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Dry Cleaning and Laundry Workers
Dry cleaning and laundry workers dry clean, wash, dry, and press clothing, linens, curtains, rugs, and other articles made from natural and synthetic fibers. This work is done for individuals, families, industries, hospitals, hotels, schools, and other institutions. In smaller laundries and dry cleaning plants, one worker may perform several different tasks. In larger plants, however, a worker usually performs only one job in the cleaning process. Some dry cleaning and laundry workers specialize in one or two aspects of the process. Today, the industry has a national sales volume of over $5 billion annually. Over 235,000 people are employed nationwide in this industry.
Dry cleaners and laundries range from small independent businesses that service families and the community to large wholesale and institutional plants. Many institutions such as hospitals, prisons, and hotels have their own laundry facilities on site.