Hotels wash large amounts of laundry every day, such as sheets and towels from guest rooms and tablecloths and napkins from restaurants and banquet facilities. Linen room assistants are part of the team responsible for ensuring that these linens are properly laundered.
Linen room assistants collect soiled linens, sort the linens into piles by type and then either wash the linens or send them out for washing. Once the linens are clean, the assistants then return them to the linen room where housekeeping and food service workers can pick them up as needed.
In linen rooms that send out their washing, assistants take written inventories of what is being sent out, package the linens and then compare the inventory of what was sent to what is returned. At facilities that wash the linens on site, assistants load washing machines and dryers and then press and fold the linens.
Linen room assistants must possess attentiveness to detail, the ability to work as a team, and enough strength to lift heavy loads of wet or dry clothing and work on their feet for long periods of time. In facilities that send out the laundry, the ability to count and perform basic arithmetic is also required.
There is typically no specific education required for the work of linen room assistants, but some employers may only consider applicants with high school diplomas or GEDs.
As of January 2010, linen room assistants averaged annual salaries of £12,350, according to Indeed.com.
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