What does a janitor do?

Janitorial Services

Janitors clean and maintain office buildings by sanitizing, disinfecting, restocking, and picking up in common areas. Their main responsibility is to clean and disinfect, but they can assume further responsibilities (see below).

The qualifications for a janitorial role

The qualifications for a janitor tend to fall under a similar category as all other positions, but with a few added points:

  • High school diploma or GED
  • Ability to read and interpret written information
  • Attention to detail, including cleanliness and disinfection
  • Observe safety procedures and follow cleaning policies
  • Be on time and dependable for the position
  • Be physically able to complete manual labor such as lifting carrying, and moving
  • Be able to operate power equipment normally found in janitorial operations
  • Ability to follow schedules and keep commitments

Janitors clean and disinfect

Janitors clean and disinfect the areas employees work in so they stay healthy. Here are a few specific things they do:

  • Clean building floors by sweeping, mopping, scrubbing, or vacuuming
  • Clean spills and other hazards using sponges and squeegee
  • Disinfect general areas
  • Maintain clean windows and mirrors
  • Clean, supply, and disinfect restrooms
  • Straighten up common areas
  • Remove general waste and empty trash
  • Replenish cleaning and maintenance supplies

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Janitors are the first line of defense against germs

Like it or not, germs are everywhere. They can enter our bodies without us even knowing. And sooner or later, we may get sick. That’s why it’s important to hire a janitorial service. They keep these germs at-bay so employees don’t get sick.

A further, more recent, responsibility of janitors is to disinfect against COVID-19. Click here to learn about how to sanitize against the Coronavirus.

Other maintenance duties

Janitors do more than just clean and disinfect. Other duties include:

  • Keep buildings secure by locking doors when finished at night
  • Order cleaning supplies for common areas and restrooms
  • Change light bulbs
  • Maintain cleaning chart
  • Organize janitorial storage areas
  • Notify supervisors about unsafe conditions or concerning the need for repairs or maintenance

Janitors can save energy

Some may not realize it, but janitors are the last line of defense when it comes to saving energy. “How?” Do you ask?

They do it by turning off lights and unnecessary electronics after all employees leave the building. They’re the last ones to do a complete walk-through before there are 8-12 hours of an empty building.

Talk with your janitorial service about how they can assist in saving electricity for the office and/or company.

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