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Laundry and Dry-Cleaning Workers
District Of Columbia

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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, draperies, linens, rugs, and carpets. Includes spotters and dyers of these articles.

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Currently Employed: 630

Projected Annual Job Openings: 20

Typical Hourly Wage: $9.30 - $16.89

Typical Annual Salary: $19,300 - $35,100

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typical training

Typical education needed for entry: Less than high school

Typical work experience needed for a job in this occupation: None

Typical on-the-job training once you have a job in this occupation: Short-term on-the-job training

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typical job duties

  • Spray steam, water, or air over spots to flush out chemicals, dry material, raise naps, or brighten colors.
  • Operate dry-cleaning machines to clean soiled articles.
  • Receive and mark articles for laundry or dry cleaning with identifying code numbers or names, using hand or machine markers.
  • Test fabrics in inconspicuous places to determine whether solvents will damage dyes or fabrics.
  • Start washers, dry cleaners, driers, or extractors, and turn valves or levers to regulate machine processes and the volume of soap, detergent, water, bleach, starch, and other additives.
  • Sort and count articles removed from dryers, and fold, wrap, or hang them.
  • Examine and sort into lots articles to be cleaned, according to color, fabric, dirt content, and cleaning technique required.
  • Pre-soak, sterilize, scrub, spot-clean, and dry contaminated or stained articles, using neutralizer solutions and portable machines.
  • Load articles into washers or dry-cleaning machines, or direct other workers to perform loading.
  • Start pumps to operate distilling systems that drain and reclaim dry cleaning solvents.

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