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Industrial cleaner

Alternative titles for this job include Commercial cleaner

Industrial cleaners clear up after fires, floods and crime scenes, as well as places that need to be hygienically clean.

Average salary (a year)

£17,000 Starter


£23,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

37 to 43 a week

You could work

evenings / weekends / bank holidays on shifts

How to become

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How to become Industrial cleaner

You can get into this job through:

  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • applying directly
  • specialist courses offered by a professional body


You could do a college course, which would teach you some of the skills and knowledge you need in this job. Relevant courses include:

  • Level 1 Award in Cleaning
  • Level 2 Certificate in Cleaning Principles

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 2 or fewer GCSEs at grades 3 to 1 (D to G), or equivalent, for a level 1 course
  • 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D), or equivalent, for a level 2 course

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You could specialise in working in hospitals and medical centres by doing a healthcare cleaning operative intermediate apprenticeship.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, or equivalent, for an intermediate apprenticeship

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Direct Application

There are no set requirements if you want to apply directly for jobs, but previous cleaning experience would be useful.

Other Routes

You can do specialist training through The British Institute of Cleaning Science.

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Career tips

A driving licence might be useful for this type of job.

Further information

You can find out more about careers in this area from The British Institute of Cleaning Science.

What it takes

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What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • the ability to use your initiative
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • sensitivity and understanding
  • physical skills like movement, coordination, dexterity and grace
  • knowledge of public safety and security
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • ambition and a desire to succeed
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

Restrictions and Requirements

You'll need to:

  • be able to cope with working at height

What you’ll do

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What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

You could

  • wash out boilers, tanks and vats with high pressure hoses
  • remove dust and ash with industrial vacuuming equipment
  • decontaminate work areas and machinery
  • mix cleaning chemicals in the correct amounts
  • sandblast the outsides of building and structures
  • work from cradles or mobile access platforms to reach higher levels
  • safely store cleaning equipment and dispose of hazardous waste
  • clean and disinfect areas following strict standards and procedures
  • remove graffiti
  • report potential hazards to supervisors

Working environment

You could work at a client's business, in the community or visit sites.

Your working environment may be in conditions that some may find unpleasant, cramped, physically active, at height and involve using chemicals.

You may need to wear protective clothing.

Career path and progression

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Career path and progression

With experience, you could become a team supervisor.

You could also set up your own company to specialise in a particular type of cleaning, like flood relief or biohazards.

Current opportunities

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Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

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Courses In England

Certificate in Cleaning and Support Services Skills

  • Start date: 01 June 2025
  • Location: PLYMOUTH

Certificate in Cleaning and Support Services Skills

  • Start date: 01 March 2025
  • Location: PLYMOUTH

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