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What's it like?

You would make sure hospitals, care homes and hotels have clean bedclothes and towels every day for the people who stay there.

You’d operate washing machines and tumble dryers to clean and dry items like clothes, bed linen, towels, sportswear and uniforms.

You could work in the laundry department of organisations like hospitals, universities and hotels, or for companies and shops that provide specialist laundry cleaning services.

Your job would vary depending on the size of the company you work for.

You would:

  • Handle incoming dirty laundry and linen
  • Check items before washing for damage or stains
  • Use water and chemicals to remove stains before they are washed
  • Sort items according to colour, size and type of fabric
  • Tag items with bar codes or computer chips for easy identification
  • Load items into machines
  • Add cleaning agents and set controls
  • Finish items by drying, pressing and folding

You could also process orders, send out invoices and update customer databases. And you might deliver laundered items back to the customer.

Working conditions


You will typically work 35 to 40 hours a week, often on a shift pattern. Part-time work is often available.


Most of the working day will be spent on your feet and there is a lot of bending and lifting, so you'll need to be reasonably fit. This type of work may not be suitable if you have any allergies, breathing problems or skin conditions, as the workplace will be hot and humid and you may come into contact with cleaning chemicals and solvents.

UK employment status





Self employed


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  • Persevering
  • Reliable
  • Time management
  • Managing resources
  • Concentrating
  • Attention to detail
  • Cooperating
  • Respecting

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Getting in

Entry requirements for courses can change. Always contact the college, university or training provider to check exactly what you’ll need.


There are no formal qualifications required to enter this role but most employers value a good general education.

Most of the training will be on the job. 

Helpful to have

Once in the job you may work towards qualifications such as a Scottish Vocational Qualification in Laundry Operations (SVQ level 2).