Profession building exterior cleaner

Building structure cleaners clean exterior surfaces of buildings and other structures, and remove soot from chimneys.

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  • 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.

  • 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.


  • Remove contaminants

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

  • 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.

  • Clean building floors

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

  • Use personal protection equipment

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

  • 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.

  • Avoid contamination

    Avoid the mixing or contamination of materials.

  • 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 hygiene and safety regulations

    Pursue optimal safety, health and hygiene circumstances, taking into account local regulations and personal requirements. Manage waste disposal according to local laws and regulations.

  • 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.

  • Assess contamination

    Analyse evidence of contamination. Advise on how to decontaminate.

  • 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.

Optional knowledge and skills

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

Common job titles

  • Heavy cleaner
  • Night cleaner- 2687
  • Maintenance\janitorial
  • Day cleaner- 2692
  • Janitorial custodian
  • Cleaner- 2666
  • Temporary housekeeper (1st shift)
  • Housekeeper
  • Custodial worker ii
  • General cleaner