Occupational Employment Statistics
51-6011 Laundry and Dry-Cleaning Workers
Operate or tend washing or dry-cleaning machines to wash or dry-clean industrial or household articles, such as cloth garments, suede, leather, furs, blankets, draperies, linens, rugs, and carpets. Includes spotters and dyers of these articles.
|Professional and Business Services||80||$12.14/hr
|Education and Health Services||500||$15.41/hr
|Leisure and Hospitality||350||$15.06/hr
- Mix bleaching agents with hot water in vats, and soak material until it is bleached.
- Spread soiled articles on work tables, and position stained portions over vacuum heads or on marble slabs.
- Mix and add detergents, dyes, bleaches, starches, and other solutions and chemicals to clean, color, dry, or stiffen articles.
- Clean machine filters, and lubricate equipment.
- Operate machines that comb, dry and polish furs, clean, sterilize and fluff feathers and blankets, or roll and package towels.
- Dye articles to change or restore their colors, using knowledge of textile compositions and the properties and effects of bleaches and dyes.
- Pre-soak, sterilize, scrub, spot-clean, and dry contaminated or stained articles, using neutralizer solutions and portable machines.
- Iron or press articles, fabrics, and furs, using hand irons or pressing machines.
- Immerse articles in bleaching baths to strip colors.
- Operate extractors and driers, or direct their operation.