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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: 790

Projected Annual Job Openings: 30

Typical Hourly Wage: $11.28 - $17.81

Typical Annual Salary: $23,500 - $37,000

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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

  • Load articles into washers or dry-cleaning machines, or direct other workers to perform loading.
  • Apply bleaching powders to spots and spray them with steam to remove stains from fabrics that do not respond to other cleaning solvents.
  • 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.
  • Operate extractors and driers, or direct their operation.
  • Remove items from washers or dry-cleaning machines, or direct other workers to do so.
  • Sort and count articles removed from dryers, and fold, wrap, or hang them.
  • Clean machine filters, and lubricate equipment.
  • Examine and sort into lots articles to be cleaned, according to color, fabric, dirt content, and cleaning technique required.
  • Spray steam, water, or air over spots to flush out chemicals, dry material, raise naps, or brighten colors.
  • Determine spotting procedures and proper solvents, based on fabric and stain types.

tools & technology

  • Dry cleaning machines
  • Folding machines
  • Gas detectors
  • Identification markers
  • Laundry type washing machines

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  • Point of sale POS software
  • Spreadsheet software
  • Word processing software

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