While most cleaners do have to clean toilets at some point during a shift, there is a lot more that goes into a cleaning job than meets the eye. At Summit Building Services, we believe that taking pride and finding value in your work allows you to accomplish feats that others wouldn't think possible. While cleaning may seem like a mundane job for many, there are many aspects that people could find appealing, even if they're not interested in cleaning toilets.
Qualifications and Skills to Be a Janitor
The qualifications for cleaning positions are set at a low barrier to entrance, which makes them good part-time jobs for college students, full-time workers,
Background Checks: Candidates must be able to pass a background check
Physical requirements: Candidates must be able to stand and move for several hours at a time. A typical shift lasts from one to five hours without breaks. Additionally, candidates may have to be able to lift objects weighing up to 50 lbs.
Education: Little/no education required
Job Responsibilities for Janitors:
Complete job specifications for assigned buildings
Cleans floors: including dust mopping, damp mopping, sweeping, vacuuming, dusting, picking up larger objects off the floor, and spot cleaning glass and windows.
Cleans restrooms, including restocking dispensers, emptying trash, cleaning and sanitizing fixtures, cleaning mirrors, spot cleaning partition doors and walls, sweeping and mopping tile floors, and cleaning toilets and urinals.
Empties trash, and replaces liners.
Maintains cleaning equipment and orders supplies from the office.
Monitors and maintains sanitation and organization of assigned areas including clean and dirty laundry.
Performs additional duties as needed.
Utilize communication book to request consumables and share any relevant facility information
Communicates with Area Manager in regards to timekeeping, supplies, and client requests
Pros and Cons Janitorial Jobs
Pros of Janitor Jobs
Great Part-time work: The hours are often in the early evening after businesses close around 5. Buildings vary, but most cleaners are given flexibility on what time they arrive at the building. This allows cleaners to set their own schedule inside the parameters of their building's hours.
Independence: This may not be the best situation for everyone, but there are many people who would prefer working alone over working customer service-type jobs. These jobs have a significant degree of independence and aren’t constantly being supervised.
Flexibility: Many buildings have flexible cleaning hours from the time their building closes until it opens the next day. This gives cleaners a wide window in which they can fit their scheduled cleaning.
Good Pay: Cleaning jobs can pay better than other part-time work. While many employers are pushing wages higher among recent labor shortages, pay for cleaning positions ranges from $10-18 throughout the cleaning industry.
Cons of Janitor Jobs
Occasionally Dirty: It shouldn't be surprising that cleaning can be dirty from time to time. Often the worst of it comes during restroom cleaning, but large amounts of trash, dirty floors (especially during winter), and other unexpected messes can make janitorial jobs less appealing.
Late Night Hours: Some buildings aren’t able to be cleaned until later hours of the night which won’t necessarily work for everyone’s schedule.
Working Alone: While there are certainly quite a lot of buildings that do have crews of cleaners that all clean at the same time, it’s definitely the norm. People who like working in teams, or aren’t motivated to work alone may not be well suited for janitorial work.
Physical Demands: Cleaning requires workers to stay on their feet for several hours at a time, while also bending, lifting, and wiping. While the job's physical demands vary by building, cleaners can walk up to 3 miles in a three to four-hour shift.
Janitorial Jobs Near Me
Summit Building Services is a local janitorial services company located in Northeast Ohio. We service buildings in Cleveland, Akron, Canton, Youngstown, and everywhere in between.
At Summit Building Services, we strive to provide industry-leading pay rates, bonus programs, and opportunities for promotion and advancement. We focus on developing our employee's skills so they can thrive, with us or otherwise.
As a testament to our commitment to our employees and their dedication to growing with us, our entire management team has come up through other jobs within the company. Many of our current managers started out as janitors themselves.
We offer a bonus program called, SERVE. This program rewards employees for meeting attendance requirements, passing cleaning inspection grades, ordering supplies correctly, and wearing their uniforms while on the job. The bonus is an anniversary bonus paid out to employees on their year anniversary.