Housekeeping responsibilities typically involve an array of cleaning tasks, including vacuuming floors, wiping surfaces, washing windows and organizing rooms. Domestic housekeeping jobs may include preparing meals, washing dishes, doing laundry and general home maintenance, while housekeeping jobs in the hospitality field often include specific room organization processes in addition to cleaning tasks.
Most housekeeping jobs revolve around the process of cleaning the interior of a property, either residential or commercial. The specific aspects of the job vary depending on the property type and its design, with many residential housekeepers performing tasks that suit the needs of the family or individuals who live within the home. This may include sweeping and mopping floors, disinfecting counter tops, dusting furniture and cleaning bathrooms. It may also involve completing loads of laundry, often with the on-site facilities, as well as folding it and putting it away in a dresser or closet.
A commercial housekeeper usually works in the hospitality field, such as in a hotel, and frequently performs similar cleaning tasks, but focusing on a series of rooms rather than the whole property. Most hotel housekeepers do not wash laundry directly, but instead collect it and take it to the hotel's laundry facility. The housekeepers also must remake the beds and restore the room to a specific order in preparation for new guests. They also do periodic tidying in the rooms during a guest's stay, such as removing trash or supplying fresh towels.