How to become a Laundry Worker

Laundry workers sort, check and stack items of clothing and linen, and load and unload washing and drying machines in laundries.

Personal requirements of a Laundry Worker

  • able to read and understand washing instructions
  • enjoy practical work
  • able to cope with the physical demands of the job
  • no skin allergies
  • able to work quickly and efficiently.

Duties & Tasks of a Laundry Worker

Laundry workers may perform the following tasks:

  • make sure that items are identified with the customer's number or mark
  • assign barcodes and record items as they arrive
  • separate items according to colour, fabric and the cleaning treatment required, watching for damage and stains
  • load and unload washing and drying machines
  • monitor the computerised washing and drying systems in laundry machines
  • operate special pressing and ironing machines
  • fold, count, stack and package items for delivery
  • maintain hygiene standards and follow hygiene procedures
  • maintain the machinery.

Working conditions for a Laundry Worker

Laundries are warm, steamy and quite noisy workplaces. Laundry workers may be required to stand for long periods.

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