Carpet Cleaners cleans carpet, rugs and furniture upholstery using powder, liquid and steam cleaning methods, and apply soil-repellent chemicals and deodorants.

Specialisations: Upholstery Cleaner.

You can work as a Carpet Cleaner without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided.

Tasks

  • Cleans carpets and upholstered furniture using cleaning machines and their attachments.
  • Selects and applies cleaning agents to remove stains from carpets and other surfaces.
  • Fills carpet cleaning machines with water and other cleaning agents.
  • Pushes pile-lifting machines over carpets and brushes pile to raise and fluff nap.
  • Treats carpets with soil-repellent chemicals and deodorants, and treats for pests.

All Other Cleaners

  • $1,385 Weekly Pay
  • Decline Future Growth
  • Average unemployment Unemployment

Carpet Cleaners

  • 2,800 workers Employment Size
  • Entry level Skill level rating
  • 44% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 43 hours Average full-time
  • 47 years Average age
  • 11% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Carpet Cleaners (in their main job) fell over 5 years:
from 3,100 in 2011 to 2,800 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a very small occupation.
  • Location: Carpet Cleaners work in many regions of Australia.
  • Industries: Most work in Other Services; Administrative and Support Services; and Accommodation and Food Services.
  • Full-time: Less than half work full-time (44%, less than the average of 66%), showing there are many opportunities to work part-time.
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 43 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 47 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are 45 years or older (58%).
  • Gender: 11% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

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Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Other Services73.4
Administrative and Support Services22.8
Accommodation and Food Services0.7
Health Care and Social Assistance0.7
Other Industries2.4

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateCarpet CleanersAll Jobs Average
NSW29.731.6
VIC20.225.6
QLD24.320.0
SA7.97.0
WA12.710.8
TAS2.72.0
NT0.71.0
ACT1.71.9

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketCarpet CleanersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-191.7-5.05.0
20-245.0-9.39.3
25-3414.5-22.922.9
35-4421.1-22.022.0
45-5429.1-21.621.6
55-5913.5-9.09.0
60-649.0-6.06.0
65 and Over6.1-4.24.2

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: ABS, ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Type of QualificationCarpet CleanersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate1.3-10.110.1
Bachelor degree6.7-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma6.6-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV24.7-21.121.1
Year 1222.9-18.118.1
Year 119.3-4.84.8
Year 10 and below28.6-12.512.5

You can work as a Carpet Cleaner without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided.

Checks, licences and tickets

You may need:

  • construction induction card (white card)
  • national police check

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Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.

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Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Public Safety and Security

    41% Skill level

    Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.

  2. Customer and Personal Service

    37% Skill level

    Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  3. Production and Processing

    36% Skill level

    Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.

  4. English Language

    35% Skill level

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  5. Administration and Management

    35% Skill level

    Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

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Demands

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  1. Spend Time Standing

    92% Important

    How much time do you spend standing?

  2. Responsible for Others' Health and Safety

    85% Important

    How responsible are you for the health and safety of others?

  3. Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions

    83% Important

    How much time do you spend making repetitive motions?

  4. Pace Determined by Speed of Equipment

    82% Important

    How important is it to this job that the pace is determined by the speed of equipment or machinery? (This does not refer to keeping busy at all times on this job.)

  5. Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment

    82% Important

    How often do you wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets?

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The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 51-6011.00 - Laundry and Dry-Cleaning Workers.

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