Job description for a hospital housekeeper

Updated February 21, 2017

Hospital housekeeping is the process of keeping a medical facility or institution clean, sanitary, and well-maintained in keeping with federal, state, and local health codes and regulations. Hospital housekeepers are the workers responsible for the upkeep and cleaning of hospital facilities.


On a daily basis, hospitals utilise large quantity of linens--such as bedding, gowns and scrubs. Hospital housekeepers are responsible for gathering, washing, ironing, folding, inspecting, and mending all of the linens used by their facility.


Hospital housekeepers are responsible for maintaining the appearance and sanitation of all areas in a hospital, including wards, diagnostic testing rooms, waiting areas, staff areas, examination rooms, and operating rooms. Thus, they are responsible for attending to the floors, windows, walls, and examination surfaces in any and all of these areas.

Patient Rooms

In areas where patients stay, hospital housekeepers are responsible for supplying fresh linens and keeping the bathrooms, floors and other surfaces clean and sanitary. When a patient is discharged or move to another room, it falls upon housekeepers to disinfect the rooms with specialised cleaning agents meant to kill germs and prevent the spread of disease and illness.

Garbage and Waste

Hospital housekeepers empty waste containers and receptacles an trash from all areas of the hospital. Once it is collected, housekeepers are responsible for disposing of trash, recyclables and medical waste according to hospital policies and procedures.


The housekeeping department is responsible for scheduling routine maintenance of repairs of heating, cooling, water, and sewage systems. Housekeepers may be asked to telephone professionals or to assist them while they are present in the hospital.

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