Trades & Services
Dry cleaners operate or tend washing or dry-cleaning machines to wash or dry-clean industrial or household articles.
Junior secondary school certificate or equivalent
What does a Dry Cleaner do?
Dry cleaners operate or tend washing or dry-cleaning machines to wash or dry-clean industrial or household articles, such as cloth garments, suede, leather, furs, blankets, curtains, linens, rugs, and carpets.
As a dry cleaner, you would:
- use scissor and steam presses, along with a professional ironing table and steam iron to shape garments, and remove or add creases
- operate computer-controlled machines, such as carousels and tunnel presses
- carry out basic daily maintenance like cleaning filters
- piece up garments ready for collection by customers
- keep the working area clean and tidy.
You could work on all types of garments from suits, shirts, trousers and jackets to dresses, blouses and uniforms, as well as household furnishings.
With experience, you may carry out quality control checks on items before they are packaged for customers.
In a small dry-cleaning company, you may also take on duties such as garment alterations.
Key skills and interests
To become a dry cleaner, you would need:
- a good eye for detail
- the ability to follow set instructions
- good practical skills
- a methodical approach to tasks
- the ability to concentrate for long periods
- the ability to perform repetitive tasks quickly.
Working hours and conditions
As a dry cleaner you can work up to 40 hours a week, full-time, though part-time work should also be available.
Conditions can get warm and you will be on your feet for much of the time.
A large percentage of dry cleaners are self-employed and run their own dry cleaning store(s).
How to become an Dry Cleaner?
Entry Level Education
You can work as a dry cleaner without formal qualifications. You would get some training on the job.
You can also become a dry cleaner through an apprenticeship or traineeship in dry cleaning operations. Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require junior secondary school certificate or equivalent.
Employment of laundry and dry cleaning workers is projected to grow about as fast as the average for all occupations.
A growing population will continue to demand laundry and dry cleaning services, particularly the dry-cleaning of professional attire and work uniforms and apparel. However, employment growth may be slowed as consumers purchase clothing and other articles that can be cleaned at home.