Dry cleaners use chemicals and solvents to clean clothes and other items that cannot be washed in the normal way.
- take items from customers and give them a collection ticket
- sort items according to colour and fabric type and check for damage
- ag the articles with bar codes or computer chips for easy identification
- treat heavy stains before cleaning by ‘spotting’ with chemicals
- weigh items and load them into machines
- programme machines to match the fabric and the amount of soiling
- add cleaning fluids and chemicals
- check, press, fold or hang the items after cleaning
Many Dry cleaners in The Black Country are self-employed. Others are employed by dry cleaning shop, at a laundry or in a factory.
Dry Cleaners do most of their work indoors.
On average dry cleaners work around 37-40 hours a week although many roles can be part time.
Salary varies but on average starting salary is around £14,000.
You could apply directly for jobs. Employers will often be more interested in your personal qualities like reliability, timekeeping and customer care than qualifications.