House cleaners or housekeepers keep homes and apartments organised and clean. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that the demand for house cleaners will increase by 13 per cent through 2016, resulting in the creation of 186,000 new jobs.
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Some house cleaners work for an agency or service and clean the homes of a number of different individuals or families. Others work directly for one family on a regular basis or a number of families on a part-time or occasional basis.
House cleaners perform a number of duties, such as laundry, ironing, dusting, vacuuming, sweeping, mopping, washing dishes, making beds, taking out the garbage, cleaning bathroom surfaces and washing windows and mirrors. In some cases, house cleaners complete the same tasks each day or during each shift. In other cases, the homeowner may leave a written note or orally provide instructions for what tasks need to be completed.
Successful house cleaners possess attentiveness to detail, a polite and professional demeanour and the ability to follow directions. Physical strength to lift loads of clothing or other household items is also necessary as well as the abillity to stand for long periods of time.
There is typically no education required for employment as a house cleaner. Some agencies or individuals may require references or an official criminal background check before offering employment.
In December 2009, house cleaners averaged annual salaries of £16,250, according to Indeed.com.
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