Profession building cleaner

Building cleaners maintain the cleanliness and overall functionality of various types of buildings such as offices, hospitals and public institutions. They perform cleaning duties like sweeping, vacuuming and mopping floors, empty trash and check security systems, locks and windows. Building cleaners check air conditioning systems and notify the appropriate persons in case of malfunctions or problems.

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Personality Type

  • Realistic / Conventional


  • Cleaning industry health and safety measures

    Preventive and interventional methods used in the cleaning industry to maintain health and safety for all workers and tertiary persons.


  • Maintain facility security systems

    Ensure that proper and functional security systems are in place, including alarm systems, fire alarms, sprinklers and emergency exits.

  • Perform minor repairs to buildings' systems

    Make minor repairs and adjustment to the heating, cooling or plumbing system or other electrical systems.

  • Maintain cleaning equipment

    Clean and preserve the equipment and material used for cleaning purposes in a proper state.

  • Sort waste

    Manually or automatically sort waste by separating it into its different elements.

  • Clean building floors

    Clean the floors and stairways of buildings by sweeping, vacuuming, and mopping them, according to hygienic and organisational standards.

  • Operate floor cleaning equipment

    Set up, maintain and operate roto, extractor and walk behind scrubbers and other floor care equipment to clean carpets and scrub hard floors.

  • Perform cleaning activities in an environmentally friendly way

    Undertake all cleaning duties in a manner which minimises environmental damage, follow methods that lessen pollution and wastage of resources.

  • Clean particular areas manually

    Perform cleaning activities in specific areas by hand, when the surface is small or obstructed and the only means to clean such places is manually.

  • Clean glass surfaces

    Use cleaning products to clean any surface covered by glass, especially windows.

  • Restock toilet facilities' supplies

    Make sure that toilet supplies such as soap and toilet paper are always available for customer use.

  • Set up furniture in the building

    Move and arrange pieces of furniture such as chairs and tables in order to restore the initial appearance after an event or meeting or to prepare specific seminars or meetings.

  • Perform dusting activities

    Remove dust from furniture, blinds and windowsills using specialised dust cloths or hand-cleaning items.

  • Inform on toilet facilities malfunctions

    Report to the concerned services when the toilet is not functioning properly or when related equipment is broken and post "out of order" sign on the respective cubicles.

  • Report major building repairs

    Notify the supervisors or managers concerning the need to undertake major repairs or adjustments to the building.

  • Follow organisational guidelines in the cleaning industry

    Apply and follow all protocols or guidelines described by the company within your specific cleaning area. It can also involve wearing the foreseen uniform or piece of clothing at all times or using specific equipment or materials.

  • Maintain personal hygiene standards when cleaning

    Make sure to keep yourself clean and tidy and wear protective equipment when performing cleaning activities, as required by the health and safety procedures of the task or the organisation.

  • Clean surfaces

    Disinfect surfaces in accordance with sanitary standards.

  • Operate janitorial tools

    Use janitorial tools and equipment such as floor buffers, dust clothes, vacuum cleaners, and cleaning chemical solutions.

  • Manage routine waste

    Treat routine waste carefully when performing cleaning activities and ensure that the waste collection and surrounding areas are maintained clean at all times.

  • Maintain inventory of cleaning supplies

    Follow the stock of cleaning materials, order new material when the stock is empty and closely follow their usage to maintain a constant supply.

  • Clean building facade

    Perform cleaning activities of the main face of a building, using appropriate equipment, as required by the complexity and height of the building.

Optional knowledge and skills

snow removal safety hazards clean rooms locking mechanisms monitor building security use snow-removal equipment perform pest control apply procurement carry out pressure washing activities clean wood surface communicate with waste collectors lawn care maintain the cleanliness of the toilet facilities perform ground maintenance activities dispose of hazardous waste perform weed control operations provide lawn care spray pesticides wood preservation follow safety procedures when working at heights disinfect surfaces hardware, plumbing and heating equipment products hygiene in a health care setting remove snow dispose food waste fire safety regulations clean furniture sterilization techniques dispose medical waste supervise the work of cleaning staff