Dry Cleaner


Dry cleaners care for, clean, repair and rejuvenate clothing, curtains, bedding and furnishings by operating dry cleaning and ironing machines.

Duties & Tasks

Dry cleaners may perform the following tasks:

  • comply with occupational health and safety and environmental regulations
  • sort and examine articles, picking out those that may need hand spotting or stain treatment
  • sort articles into lots of equal weight, colour and type and load into computer-operated dry cleaning machines
  • use and store dry cleaning chemicals and solvents
  • unload the machines when the cleaning cycle is completed
  • iron and press clean articles, or send them to the finishing section where the garments are pressed by steam and vacuum
  • operate a boiler
  • replace missing buttons and make minor repairs
  • waterproof garments and apply other finishes
  • operate wet cleaning machines
  • check and inspect garments to ensure customer requirements have been met
  • perform basic maintenance on dry cleaning and pressing equipment
  • put together orders and dispatch goods.

Working Conditions

Dry cleaners need to have a thorough knowledge of how fabrics and their blends react to the various stages of the dry cleaning process. They must apply specialised treatment to fabrics and materials such as wool, silk, leather and vinyl, and to beading and other decorative finishes.

Work environments can be hot and humid, but most workplaces are well ventilated and have exhaust fans or evaporative coolers. Dry cleaners are required to stand for long periods. Customer contact may also be necessary.

Personal Requirements

  • enjoy practical work
  • normal colour vision
  • able to cope with the physical demands of the job.

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