Housekeepers in a hospital are chiefly responsible for keeping the patient care environments clean and maintaining the cleanliness of these areas. Their job entails a certain amount of time performing general physical activities, because they must push a vacuum cleaner and operate other tools used in this job. Moreover, they must bend, crouch and stoop in order to wash bed frames and disinfect and sanitize other hospital equipment, according to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics.
While the patient care areas are primarily the concern of housekeeping cleaners, they must also clean the nonpatient areas and uphold the strict cleanliness standards of the medical premises where they are employed. Their feedback regarding policies and procedures may also be requested, when they are likely to be invited to meetings to express their thoughts.
Housekeeping cleaners must stock a wheeled cart with cleaning supplies and tools and then push this cart around to the various areas of the hospital requiring their attention. Rooms must be deep cleaned. Trash cans must be emptied, and the trash taken to the designated disposal area, and spills must be cleaned up. Housekeepers must restock supplies, such as toilet paper, clean and polish windows and clean and polish furniture and equipment.