Profession building exterior cleaner

Building exterior cleaners remove dirt and litter from a building's exterior, as well as perform restoration tasks. They ensure the cleaning methods are compliant with safety regulations, and monitor the exteriors to ensure they are in proper condition.

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  • Cleaning techniques

    Various techniques and tools used to clean different types of surfaces to achieve a certain degree of cleanliness such as sweeping, vacuuming, degreasing and wet cleaning.

  • 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.


  • Use personal protection equipment

    Make use of protection equipment according to training, instruction and manuals. Inspect the equipment and use it consistently.

  • Clean building floors

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

  • Assess contamination

    Analyse evidence of contamination. Advise on how to decontaminate.

  • Secure working area

    Secure the operation site fixing boundaries, restricting access, placing signs and taking other measures in order to guarantee public and staff safety.

  • Remove contaminants

    Use chemicals and solvents to remove contaminants from products or surfaces.

  • 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.

  • Apply spraying techniques

    Apply the most optimal spraying techniques, such as a perpendicular spraying angle, maintenance at a consistent distance, trigger the spray gun gradually, overlap surface spots, and others.

  • Operate pressure washer

    Operate a mechanical sprayer which makes use of high pressure to clean surfaces and rid them of contamination, paint residue, dirt and grime, and mould.

  • Avoid contamination

    Avoid the mixing or contamination of materials.

  • Identify damage to buildings

    Monitor the state of building exteriors in order to identify any possible damage and to assess the nature of the damage and treatment methods.

Optional knowledge and skills

carry out pressure washing activities use solvents clean wood surface maintain cleaning equipment clean glass surfaces handle chemical cleaning agents graffiti removal techniques sort waste build scaffolding identify damage to public space follow safety procedures when working at heights perform demarcation dispose waste report on building damage assess waste type disinfect surfaces perform cleaning activities in an outdoor environment waste management microbiology-bacteriology