Laundry Worker/Dry-cleaner Kaimahi Horoi Kākahu/Kaiwhakamohani Kākahu

Laundry workers/dry-cleaners clean, wash and care for clothing, curtains and bedding.

Laundry workers/dry-cleaners may do some or all of the following:

  • take laundry from customers, calculate costs of work and record work to be done
  • label and sort items to be cleaned
  • inspect items for stains, and spot-clean as required
  • load and unload dry-cleaning or washing machines and driers
  • steam-press items
  • iron, fold and pack cleaned laundry
  • deliver items to businesses or private homes
  • repair and alter clothing, if they offer these services.

Physical Requirements

Laundry workers/dry-cleaners need to be reasonably fit as they have to lift heavy bags of laundry. They must also not be sensitive to chemicals used in the laundering or dry-cleaning processes.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for laundry workers/dry-cleaners includes:

  • work with fabric or textiles
  • clothing retail work
  • housekeeping.

Personal Qualities

Laundry workers/dry-cleaners need to be:

  • quick, practical and methodical
  • able to pay attention to detail
  • careful and responsible
  • good at basic maths.


Laundry workers/dry-cleaners need to have:

  • knowledge of different fabric types and how to care for them
  • knowledge of chemicals and stain removers
  • skill in operating washing, dry-cleaning and drying machines.

They may also need expertise in mending and alterations if the business they work for offers these services.


Laundry workers/dry-cleaners:

  • work regular business hours, but may also work evenings and weekends, or do shift work
  • work in commercial laundries, shops, factories, and laundries in hotels, hospitals or other organisations
  • work in conditions that can be hot and may involve hazardous chemicals.

Laundry Worker/Dry-cleaners can earn around $21-$30 per hour.

Pay for laundry workers/dry-cleaners varies depending on skills and experience.

  • Laundry workers/dry-cleaners in training usually earn minimum wage. 
  • Experienced laundry workers/dry-cleaners usually earn $22 to $30 an hour.

Source: La Nuova Apparelmaster, 2020.

Laundry workers/dry-cleaners may progress to set up or buy their own businesses, or move into supervisory or managerial positions.

Laundry workers/dry-cleaners usually specialise as one of the following:

Dry-cleaners use chemicals to clean clothing.
Laundry Worker
Laundry workers wash, dry, fold and organise laundry.

Years Of Training

There are no specific requirements to become a laundry worker/dry-cleaner, as you gain skills on the job.

However, a New Zealand Certificate in Laundry Processing (Level 2) or a New Zealand Certificate in Drycleaning (Level 3) may be useful.  

Laundry Worker/Dry-cleaner