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Working As A Carpet Cleaning Technician

  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • Getting Information
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Outdoors/walking/standing

  • $25,630

    Average Salary

What Does A Carpet Cleaning Technician Do

Janitors and building cleaners keep many types of buildings clean, orderly, and in good condition.

Duties

Janitors and building cleaners typically do the following:

  • Gather and empty trash
  • Sweep, mop, or vacuum building floors
  • Clean restrooms and stock them with supplies
  • Lock doors to secure buildings
  • Clean spills and other hazards with appropriate equipment
  • Wash windows, walls, and glass
  • Order cleaning supplies
  • Make minor building repairs
  • Notify managers when a building needs major repairs

Janitors and building cleaners keep office buildings, schools, hospitals, retail stores, hotels, and other places clean, sanitary, and in good condition. Some only clean, while others have a wide range of duties.

In addition to keeping the inside of buildings clean and orderly, some janitors and building cleaners work outdoors, mowing lawns, sweeping walkways, and removing snow. Some workers also monitor the building’s heating and cooling system, ensuring that it functions properly.

Janitors and building cleaners use many tools and equipment. Simple cleaning tools may include mops, brooms, rakes, and shovels. Other tools may include snowblowers, floor buffers, and carpet extraction equipment.

Some janitors are responsible for repairing minor electrical or plumbing problems, such as leaky faucets.

The following are examples of types of janitors and building cleaners:

Building superintendents are responsible for maintaining residential buildings, such as apartments and condominiums. Although their duties are similar to those of other janitors, some building superintendents also help collect rent and show vacancies to potential tenants.

Custodians are janitors or cleaning workers who typically maintain institutional facilities, such as public schools and hospitals.

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How To Become A Carpet Cleaning Technician

Most janitors and building cleaners learn on the job. Formal education is not required.

Education

Janitors and building cleaners do not need any formal educational credential. However, high school courses in shop can be helpful for jobs involving repair work.

Training

Most janitors and building cleaners learn on the job. Beginners typically work with a more experienced janitor, learning how to use and maintain equipment such as vacuums, floor buffers, and other tools. On the job, they also learn how to repair minor electrical and plumbing problems.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Although not required, certification is available through the Building Service Contractors Association International, the International Executive Housekeepers Association, and ISSA—The International Sanitary Supply Association. Certification can demonstrate competence and may make applicants more appealing to employers.

Important Qualities

Interpersonal skills. Janitors and building cleaners should get along well with their supervisors, other cleaners, and the people who live or work in the buildings they clean.

Mechanical skills. Janitors and building cleaners should understand general building operations. They should be able to make routine repairs, such as repairing leaky faucets. 

Physical stamina. Janitors and building cleaners spend most of their workday on their feet, operating cleaning equipment and lifting and moving supplies or tools. As a result, they should have good physical stamina.

Physical strength. Janitors and building cleaners often must lift and move cleaning materials and heavy equipment. Cases of liquid cleaner and trash receptacles, for example, can be very heavy, so workers should be strong enough to lift them without injuring their back.

Time-management skills. Janitors and building cleaners should be able to plan and complete tasks in a timely manner.

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Carpet Cleaning Technician Demographics

Gender

Male

91.5%

Female

7.0%

Unknown

1.5%
Ethnicity

White

80.4%

Hispanic or Latino

12.0%

Asian

5.7%

Unknown

1.4%

Black or African American

0.5%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

77.3%

Chinese

4.5%

Japanese

4.5%

French

4.5%

Mandarin

4.5%

Polish

4.5%
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Carpet Cleaning Technician Education

Schools

Brigham Young University - Idaho

12.9%

University of Phoenix

9.7%

Utah Valley University

6.5%

Johnson County Community College

6.5%

Ashford University

4.8%

Arizona State University

4.8%

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

4.8%

Kaplan University

4.8%

Nassau Community College

4.8%

University of Texas at El Paso

4.8%

Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana

4.8%

University of Maine

4.8%

Central Washington University

3.2%

Pima Community College

3.2%

Bates Technical College

3.2%

Big Bend Community College

3.2%

University of Kentucky

3.2%

State University of New York Albany

3.2%

Ozarks Technical Community College

3.2%

Jefferson State Community College

3.2%
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Majors

Business

25.1%

Criminal Justice

10.1%

General Studies

8.4%

Automotive Technology

5.7%

Communication

4.8%

Graphic Design

4.4%

Computer Science

4.0%

Kinesiology

4.0%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

3.5%

Information Technology

3.5%

Management

3.1%

Heating And Air Conditioning

3.1%

Computer Networking

3.1%

Culinary Arts

2.6%

Psychology

2.6%

Mechanical Engineering

2.6%

Health Care Administration

2.6%

Electrical Engineering Technology

2.2%

Nursing

2.2%

Liberal Arts

2.2%
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Degrees

Other

45.1%

Bachelors

23.9%

Associate

18.8%

Certificate

7.3%

Masters

2.4%

Diploma

2.0%

License

0.2%

Doctorate

0.2%
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Top Skills for A Carpet Cleaning Technician

UpholsteryCustomerServiceSkillsCleanCarpetsQualityCarpetCompanyVehicleAirDuctJobSiteAdditionalProductsCustomerSatisfactionWaterDamageRestorationAreaRugsCompanySafetyPoliciesWaterExtractionRetailCarpetRepairCarpetColorSealEmergencyResidentialCarpetHardwoodFloorsRetailItems

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Top Carpet Cleaning Technician Skills

  1. Upholstery
  2. Customer Service Skills
  3. Clean Carpets
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Provide quality carpet and upholstery cleaning for residential and commercial properties.
  • clean carpets and upholstery for residential and commercial customers throughout the metropolitan area
  • Performed all duties necessary to provide quality carpet and upholstery cleaning including tile and grout cleaning.
  • Performed preventative maintenance on the company vehicle.
  • Trained in cleaning carpets, upholstery and air ducts.

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