Janitors who work in office buildings are responsible for cleaning and performing maintenance duties. While there are no educational requirements to become a janitor, many receive on-the-job training after gaining employment. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), in 2009, the median salary of janitors was £14,280 per year.
Janitors working in an office setting are responsible for cleaning the floors, walls, windows and furniture. In order to clean floors, janitors need to vacuum carpets, and mop and sweep hardwood floors. Window and wall treatments may include using sponges and squeegees soaked in soapy water. Additional cleaning duties may include dusting electronic devices, taking out trash, wiping down bathroom facilities, polishing furniture and recycling.
In addition to cleaning duties, janitors must also perform maintenance and complete light repairs around the office. This may include fixing heaters and air conditioners, adjusting desks and chairs, and repairing leaky faucets and electrical problems. Janitors may also have to perform landscaping duties that include trimming shrubs, mowing lawns, and shovelling snow from sidewalks, driveways and car parks. In order to eliminate bugs and rodents, janitors must apply insecticides and traps both inside and outside an office building.
Ordering and Stocking Supplies
Janitors may also be responsible for ordering and stocking bathroom and office supplies. While some janitors work alone, others may work in coordination with an office administer to ensure that cleaning materials, soap, toilet paper, and other supplies are constantly available. Once these products arrive, janitors must stock shelves to ensure they are easily accessible for employees around the office. When a vacuum, lawnmower or other major appliance breaks down, janitors may need to submit an order form to have a new one purchased.
Janitors are often the first to arrive and the last to leave day after day in an office setting. In the morning, they must unlock doors and ensure that everything is in order and ready for employees to arrive. During the day, janitors may assist visitors looking for the correct office or monitor the building for unauthorised individuals. After hours, janitors ensure that the building is empty and all doors are locked.