Dry Cleaning Careers

Drying cleaning involves the dry cleaning, washing, drying and pressing of clothing, linens, curtains, rugs, and other items that are made from natural and synthetic fibers. The jobs often associated with this career path are checkers, markers, spotters, dry cleaners, washing operators, finishers, seamstresses, inspectors, assemblers, and wrappers.


Duties: Those that are markers put tags on articles at the cleaning plant, so that they are not lost. The items are then sent to be either cleaned by dry methods or laundered depending upon the type of treatment that is needed, either cleaning by dry chemical methods or wet cleaning. Spotter:

Duties: These individuals use chemicals and brush these chemicals on stains to remove the stains from items to be cleaned.

Dry Cleaner:

Duties: Those that are these type of cleaners operate the machines that use chemicals to clean the items. There are those that are called hand cleaners that clean delicate items that require individual attention.

Washing Operator:

Duties: Washing operators also called washing machine operators wash the items, and when washing is complete, these operators load the laundry into extractors, which remove approximately 50% of water from the laundered items.

Qualifications: Those that seek to enter these occupations should be good at obtaining information, performing general physical activities, controlling machines and processes, training and teaching others, as well as handling and moving objects.

Education: For the occupations of marker, dry cleaner, spotter and washing operator the education required is a high school diploma or its equivalent. These occupations learn their trade on the job. These skills can also be learned through trade associations. The individual interested in these occupations may also want to take courses such as those in computer science, chemistry, textiles, machine shop, sewing, and clothing construction.


Duties: The seamstress is the female counterpart of the male occupation of tailor. This individual makes her living by sewing for others.

Qualifications: Those seeking to pursue this occupation should be able to control machines and processes, have skills in obtaining information, should be able to identify objects, actions and events. These individuals should also be good at organizing, planning, and prioritizing work. They should also be able to think creatively.

Education: A high school education or its equivalent is required. In addition, an apprenticeship is required with a more experienced seamstress for several years. During the apprenticeship, the seamstress will learn mending skills, to work with a variety of fabrics, how to create her own sewing patterns, and how to embroider as well as other useful skills.

For information about these cleaning careers see the Encyclopedia of Careers and Vocational Guidance, Volume 3, by Infobase Publishers. This resource can be found at the local library.

Information can also be found about dry cleaning careers by clicking here on the link for Career One Stop

Information about the career of seamstress can be found by clicking on the link here for Wise Geek

For information about other sewing related occupations, click the links below.

Commercial Laundries
Textile and Clothing Historians
Sewing Business

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