What does a Housekeeper do?

Housekeepers perform various light cleaning duties that maintain private households and commercial establishments including hotels, homes, restaurants, and hospitals. They clean rooms, hallways, lobbies, lounges, restrooms, corridors, stairways, and locker rooms. They are responsible for the cleaning of heavy-duty items including rugs, carpets, upholstered furniture, and draperies.

Housekeepers sometimes care for children or the elderly by overseeing their activities, providing companionship, and assisting them with dressing, bathing, eating, or other needs. Housekeepers perform general cleaning to ensure zones including floors or windows are spotless and presentable to visitors, employees, or residents. They are responsible for tracking and updating an inventory of cleaning supplies and paper goods and ordering and replenishing them when needed. If they work in a setting that includes lodging, they are responsible for changing sheets and linens by removing used items and replacing them with fresh ones. Housekeepers are also tasked with mopping, vacuuming, dusting, and cleaning and disinfecting when necessary. There is no minimum education requirement for housekeeping positions, although those who work with children or the elderly may be required to take first aid and CPR courses.

EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.4 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.2 ★
Avg. Experience8+ years

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Housekeeper Career Path

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Housekeeper Insights

Read what Housekeeper professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
Country Hills Health Care
Housekeeper/Laundry Attendant
25 Jul 2021

“The best reason is they have a good place to work and a comfort hours to work”

Molly MaidMolly Maid
6 Jan 2022

“My first (and last) day on the job I was constantly verbally harassed.”

Mary Ann's Cleaning Service
30 Jul 2021

“There are some nice coworkers and at some of the jobs you get the customers give you really nice tips.”

Holiday Inn ExpressHoliday Inn Express
Hotel Housekeeping
19 Jun 2021

“PK is a really nice Boss to work with and I enjoyed working for him .”

Text Ninja
19 Nov 2021

“The training was thorough and helped you gain real skills and understanding for your job.”

Highgate Senior LivingHighgate Senior Living
13 Oct 2019

“Most of the team members and residents are really nice and I enjoy working with them.”

Meadowlark HillsMeadowlark Hills
26 Oct 2020

“great people to work with and you get to build amazing relationships with the residents.”

Housekeeping Supervisor
25 Sep 2020

“Working atmosphere is so good and I really love to do my job for accor family.”

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Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of a housekeeper

When working as a housekeeper, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are English Language, Effective Communication, Excellent Customer Service, Strong WORK Ethic and Bathrooms.

The most similar professions to housekeeper are:
  • Laborer
  • Forklift Operator
  • Janitor
  • Warehouse Worker

The most common qualifications to become a housekeeper is a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.