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
£ 6,276
£ 14,930
£ 33,873

Available jobs

In the past year there were 21,853 vacancies for this type of job

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 smoothes 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

  • Stocks (Inventory)

  • Look And Feel

  • Machinery

  • Dry Cleaning

  • Control Of Substances Hazardous To Health (COSHH)

  • Cleaning Products

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.

  • Communications

  • Cleanliness

  • Sorting

  • Detail Oriented

  • Customer Service

  • Management

  • English Language

  • Organizational Skills

  • Time Management

  • Loading And Unloading

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.