Launderers, Dry Cleaners and Pressers

Launderers, dry cleaners and pressers supervise and undertake the washing, dry cleaning, ironing and pressing of clothing, household and other linen, carpets, curtains and other articles.


New workers

New workers start around £6,516. Normal pay is £16,327 per year.
Highly experienced workers can earn up to £37,246.

Available jobs

In the past year there were 24,222 vacancies for this type of job


Projected job growth over the next 8 years

Related courses

People work towards these careers by taking these courses at college and uni.

What they do most days?

  • Performs a variety of laundering, dry cleaning and pressing tasks, including beating carpets and shaping starched collars, cuffs and hats.

  • Allocates washing machines to customers, ensures correct use of equipment and gives change.

  • Sets and operates drying machines and smooths and shapes washed garments using hand iron or machine press.

  • Loads articles into washing and dry cleaning machines or electrically operated drum cleaning machine, operates controls to admit cleaning fluids and starts machine.

  • Removes difficult stains using chemicals or steam gun.

  • Sorts articles by fabric, colour and type and determines appropriate cleaning process.

  • Receives garment or item from customer for cleaning, checks pockets, buttons, zips, etc. and issues receipt.

Hard Skills

Hard skills are specific, learnable, measurable, often industry or occupation-specific abilities related to a position.

Skills are ranked based on the number of job adverts that list them as required skills.

  • Ironing

  • Housekeeping

  • Infection Control

  • Washing Machines

  • Linens

  • Dry Cleaning

  • Look And Feel

  • Machinery

  • Stocks (Inventory)

  • Dryers

Soft Skills

Soft skills can be self-taught and usually do not necessitate a certain completed level of education.

Skills are ranked based on the number of job adverts that list them as required skills.

  • Communication

  • Cleanliness

  • Detail Oriented

  • Sorting

  • Customer Service

  • Time Management

  • Management

  • Organizational Skills

  • English Language

  • Operations

How do I get a job like this?

People in these types of job started their career paths after studying courses like the ones below.