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Carpet and Upholstery Cleaner

Carpet and upholstery cleaners operate machines that clean carpets, rugs and upholstered furniture.

  • Avg. Salary $35,828.00
  • Avg. Wage $18.16
  • Minimum Education Varies
  • Outlook avg
  • Employed 7,800
  • In Demand Medium
Also Known As

Cleaner, Rug Cleaner, Upholstery Cleaner

NOC Codes

In Canada, the federal government groups and organizes occupations based on a National Occupational Classification (NOC) system. This alis occupation may not reflect the entire NOC group it is part of. Data for the NOC group can apply across multiple occupations.

The NOC system is updated every 5 years to reflect changes in the labour market. Government forms and labour market data may group and refer to an occupation differently, depending on the system used. Here is how this occupation has been classified over time:

  • 2006 NOC: Carpet and Upholstery Cleaners (6662.1) 
  • 2006 NOC-S: Specialized Cleaners (G932) 
  • 2011 NOC: Specialized cleaners (6732) 
Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years

23%
23%
Average Wage
Starting
Overall
Top
  • Certification Not Regulated
  • Strength Required Lift up to 20 kg
Interest Codes
The Carpet and Upholstery Cleaner is part of the following larger National Occupational Classification (NOC).
Carpet and Upholstery Cleaners
OBJECTIVE

Interest in operating specialized cleaning machines

METHODICAL

Interest in comparing to clean carpets, rugs and upholstered furniture on customers' premises or in carpet- and upholstery-cleaning establishments

directive

Interest in selecting appropriate cleaning agents to remove stains from materials

Reading Interest Codes
A Quick Guide

The interest code helps you figure out if you’d like to work in a particular occupation. 
It’s based on the Canadian Work Preference Inventory (CWPI), which measures 5 occupational interests: Directive, Innovative, Methodical, Objective and Social.

Each set of 3 interest codes is listed in order of importance.

A code in capital letters means it’s a strong fit for the occupation.

A code in all lowercase letters means the fit is weaker.

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Duties
Updated Jun 11, 2018

Duties vary from one job to another. In general, carpet and upholstery cleaners:

  • load supplies and equipment into trucks or vans
  • drive to work sites (usually homes, businesses or recreational vehicles)
  • discuss customers’ needs (such as areas to be cleaned)
  • respond to customers’ concerns (such as stains needing special attention)
  • move furniture to clear carpeted areas and replace it after cleaning
  • use chemicals to clean carpets and upholstered furniture
  • use chemicals and hand brushes to remove stains
  • prepare invoices
  • accept payments.
Working Conditions
Updated Jun 11, 2018

Most carpet and upholstery cleaners start work early. They work until they have done all of the jobs for the day. They may work evenings or weekends.

Carpet and upholstery cleaners work in many different places. Work sites include customers’ homes, commercial work spaces and cleaning plants. There is often a limit to how far they will travel.

They may have to work for long periods on their hands and knees. Being physically fit and agile is important.

Safety is important in this job. It is possible to slip on wet carpet. They may also get repetitive strain injuries. There can be safety concerns when working with chemicals.

  • Strength Required Lift up to 20 kg
Skills & Abilities
Updated Jun 11, 2018

Carpet and upholstery cleaners need to possess:

  • the stamina to be on their feet for hours at a time
  • manual dexterity
  • an ability to work with cleaning machines
  • an ability to deal with equipment failures
  • an ability to talk with all kinds of people
  • an ability to work alone or as part of a team.

They should enjoy operating cleaning machines. They should enjoy having clear and organized methods for their work. They need to know which cleaning agents will remove which stains.

Educational Requirements
Updated Jun 11, 2018

Most carpet and upholstery cleaners train on the job. There are no standard education or certification requirements. However, they need a valid driver's license.

Employers may prefer applicants with a high school diploma or related experience and training. Examples include safety training and fabric cleaning experience. Some employers require applicants to:

  • provide a criminal record check
  • agree to other security checks (such as a vulnerable sector check)
  • pass an English literacy screening test.

Some post-secondary schools and continuing education departments offer related courses. These may be advertised in local newspapers.

For a broad list of programs and courses that may be related to this occupation try searching using keywords.

Certification Requirements
Updated Jun 11, 2018

Certification is not required, as there is currently no legislation regulating this occupation. However, the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification offers certification for carpet and upholstery cleaners who have taken approved training courses.

Employment & Advancement
Updated Jun 11, 2018

Some carpet and upholstery cleaners are self-employed. Others work for carpet cleaning companies or department stores. Applicants should look into a company’s background before applying. Companies can have different business practices, training approaches and pay structures. For example, some companies supply workers with van-mounted cleaning units. Others require workers to use portable machines and their own vehicles.

Carpet and upholstery cleaners can become supervisors or start their own companies.

Carpet and upholstery cleaners are part of the larger 2011 National Occupational Classification 6732: Specialized cleaners. In Alberta, 79% of people employed in this classification work in the following industries:

The employment outlook [pdf] in this occupation will be influenced by a wide variety of factors including:

  • trends and events that affect overall employment (especially in the industries listed above)
  • location in Alberta
  • employment turnover (work opportunities that come up when people leave existing positions)
  • occupational growth (work opportunities that come up when new positions are created)
  • size of the occupation.

This occupation has a high turnover rate, so demand for new workers is steady. There may be many applicants for vacant positions.

Wage & Salary
Updated Jun 11, 2018

Carpet and upholstery cleaners’ earnings vary. Some earn hourly wages plus commissions based on the amount of work. Others earn straight commission based on product sales. For those working on commission, earnings can vary a lot (from one worker to another and one month to another). Earnings depend on the number of jobs completed and the number of products sold.

Specialized cleaners

Survey Methodology

Survey Analysis

Overall Wage Details
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Hours Per Week

Hourly Wage
For full-time and part-time employees
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  • Average
  • Median
Starting
Overall
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Wages* Low (5th percentile) High (95th percentile) Average Median
Starting $12.20 $25.50 $15.80 $14.00
Overall $13.50 $28.00 $18.16 $16.75
Top $15.00 $32.25 $21.41 $20.00

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* All wage estimates are hourly except where otherwise indicated. Wages and salaries do not include overtime hours, tips, benefits, profit shares, bonuses (unrelated to production) and other forms of compensation.

A: High Reliability
Data Reliability Code Definition

High Reliability, represents a CV of less than or equal to 6.00% and 30 survey observations and/or represents 50% or more of all estimated employment for the occupation.


Industry Information
Wholesale Trade
Public Administration
Transportation and Warehousing
Construction
Manufacturing
ALL INDUSTRIES
Retail Trade
Other Services (Repair, Personal Services and Related)
Finance, Insurance, Real Estate, Leasing

Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years

59%
59%

Recruiting Employers that Experienced Hiring Difficulties

23%
23%

Employers with Unfilled Vacancies of over 4 Months

10%
10%

Vacancy Rate

3%
Related Post-Secondary Field of Study
  • Trades, Industrial and Related Training
Other Sources of Information
Updated Jun 11, 2018

Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification website: www.iicrc.org

For more information on career planning, education and jobs call the Alberta Supports Contact Centre toll-free at 1-877-644-9992 or 780-644-9992 in Edmonton, or visit an Alberta Works Centre near you.

Updated Mar 20, 2014. The information contained in this profile is current as of the dates shown. Salary, employment outlook and educational program information may change without notice. It is advised that you confirm this information before making any career decisions.

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