Janitors and Cleaners

Janitors perform a wide range of jobs, using equipment that varies from simple mops to power tools for making minor repairs. They are responsible for selecting the proper methods and equipment to clean and maintain the structure in which they work, whether it's a school, shopping mall, hospital, or hotel. Their specific duties may vary somewhat, depending upon the type of building for which they are responsible. Their job description may include sweeping, mopping, waxing, and buffing floors; vacuuming carpets; dusting furniture and handrails; washing walls and windows; cleaning bathrooms; and collecting and disposing of trash. They may also be responsible for some low-level maintenance and repair work, such as fixing leaky faucets; monitoring heating, cooling, and electrical systems; and exterminating pests or arranging for a pest control worker to do so.


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