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How to Become a Maid or Housekeeping Cleaner

Most maids and housekeeping cleaners are trained on the job.

Education and Training

There are no formal training or education requirements. Most maids and housekeeping cleaners are trained on the job. Entry-level maids and housekeeping cleaners typically work alongside a more experienced cleaner and gain more responsibilities and more difficult work as they become experienced.

Important Qualities

Detail oriented. Because maids and housekeeping cleaners are responsible for cleaning rooms, they must pay close attention to detail. For example, household maids need to be thorough when polishing silver.

Interpersonal skills. Maids and housekeeping cleaners who work in private homes must get along well with the people who hire them. Those who work in hotels, hospitals, office buildings, and other places also often come into contact with people whose spaces they are cleaning. They must be polite and friendly.

Stamina. Maids and housekeeping cleaners must be able to spend the day on their feet, scrubbing, bending, and stretching, without getting overly tired. 

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition