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65311 – Specialized cleaners

Specialized cleaners clean and refurbish building exteriors, carpets, chimneys, industrial equipment, ventilation systems, windows and other surfaces, using specialized equipment and techniques. They are employed by specialized cleaning service companies or they may be self-employed.


Example titles

  • Auto detailer
  • Building exterior cleaner
  • Carpet cleaner
  • Chimney cleaner
  • Freight car cleaner
  • Furnace cleaner
  • Laboratory equipment cleaner
  • Sandblaster
  • Septic tank cleaner
  • Upholstery cleaner
  • Vehicle cleaner
  • Ventilation system cleaner
  • Window cleaner

Main duties

This group performs some or all of the following duties:
    Carpet and upholstery cleaners
    • Operate cleaning machines to clean carpets, rugs and upholstered furniture on customers' premises or in carpet and upholstery cleaning establishments.
    Chimney cleaners and sandblasters
    • Clean soot and creosote from chimneys and fireplaces using hand tools and industrial vacuum cleaners
    • Clean building exteriors, tanks and industrial equipment using sandblasting, pressurized steam or hydroblasting equipment.
    Furnace and ventilation system cleaners
    • Clean ducts, vents and filters of furnaces in residences and commercial buildings using hand tools and industrial vacuum cleaners.
    Vehicle cleaners
    • Clean the interior and exterior of automobiles, buses, streetcars, railway cars and subway cars.
    Window cleaners
    • Wash and clean interior and exterior windows and other glass surfaces in low-rise and highrise buildings.

Employment requirements

  • There are no specific education requirements for occupations in this unit group.
  • On-the-job training is usually provided.
  • Previous experience in a related position may be required for some occupations in this unit group.

Additional information

  • Progression to supervisory positions is possible with additional training or experience.


  • Cleaning supervisors (62024)
  • Janitors, caretakers and heavy-duty cleaners (65312)
  • Light duty cleaners (65310)

Breakdown summary

Broad occupational category
6 – Sales and service occupations
5 – Occupations usually require short-term work demonstration and no formal education
Major group
65 – Sales and service support occupations
Sub-major group
653 – Support occupations in cleaning and related services
Minor group
6531 – Cleaners
NOC 2021 Version 1.0
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