Hospital cleaning involves cleaning patient rooms, laboratories, rooms for medical procedures and common areas such as restrooms and administrative offices. Hospital cleaners must wash and change linens, collect dirty laundry, organize and restock supply rooms, empty trash and sanitize equipment.
Using a variety of chemical cleaning agents, a hospital cleaner or housekeeper stops the spread of infectious diseases and maintains hygiene within the hospital environment according to federal, state and local health standards. Entry-level hospital cleaners need a high school diploma, basic math skills, customer service skills and the ability to follow instructions. Hospital cleaners receive training on sanitization methods and the basics of microbiology.