Housekeeper Duties

Housekeeper duties will vary according to the working environment. We list specific housekeeping duties for different workplaces including a retirement community or living center, a medical or nursing facility, a hotel or hospitality environment and a domestic workplace. 

The standard housekeeping task and skill requirements and job competencies applicable to the majority of housekeeper jobs are also detailed here.

Here we list the tasks specific to a number of different employment situations. The complete general housekeeping job description 

Housekeeper duties in a retirement community or living center environment

  • maintain all assigned areas in a clean and sanitary condition
  • wash, dust, polish, vacuum and sweep all areas of the establishment
  • clean sinks, tubs, showers and toilets according to prescribed sanitary standards
  • polish fittings and fixtures
  • clean mirrors and windows
  • sort and wash laundry using machines or by hand as required
  • iron, fold and distribute clean laundry
  • empty and clean trash cans
  • listen and respond to resident's queries and requests
  • ensure adequate stock of cleaning supplies
  • keep cleaning equipment in good working order
  • maintain clean storage area for equipment and supplies
  • observe and report any maintenance issues
  • assist with meal preparation, serving and clean up

Housekeeper duties in a hospital, medical center or nursing home environment

  • clean patient rooms, surgical areas, offices and waiting areas using cleaning chemicals and disinfectants
  • clean and sanitize floors, equipment and furniture according to infection-control policies
  • operate various types of cleaning equipment
  • handle and dispose of waste using standard procedures
  • clean mattresses and beds according to established procedures
  • collect dirty laundry from patient areas and place in designated locations
  • distribute clean linen and hospital gowns
  • maintain all cleaning equipment and supplies according to prescribed standards
  • monitor inventory of supplies such as paper towels, soap, toilet paper

Housekeeper job description for a hotel environment

Physical requirements for a housekeeper job

Most housekeeper jobs in a commercial environment involve demanding physical tasks that require certain physical abilities including but not limited to:

  • able to lift, push, pull and carry a minimum weight of approximately 25lbs
  • able to stand for long periods of time
  • able to kneel, bend and crawl
  • able to squat and crouch
  • able to work in confined spaces
  • able to tolerate exposure to dust and cleaning chemicals

Competency requirements

  • able to listen and follow instructions
  • effective communication skills
  • able to work unsupervised
  • able to maintain a professional manner at all times
  • displays integrity and honesty
  • maintains a positive attitude towards residents, guests, patients and visitors
  • demonstrates attention to detail and thoroughness
  • able to follow and adhere to standard policies and procedures

Housekeeper duties in a domestic environment

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