ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

A Day in the Life of a Hotel Cleaner

Updated on May 2, 2020
Davie Chen profile image

Davie is a passionate consumer of nonfiction literature and knowledge distributor for the purpose of enhancing people's lives.

I typically arrived at 7.30 a.m. for being on time for our morning coffee gathering. Our team consisted of 18 people to take care of the entire hotel's hygiene. For your information, we were cleaning a five star hotel but fortunately, the entire hotel was only 10 story high.

8 a.m. sharp, our supervisor started briefing, usually telling exceptional incidents of last shifts and then went through details individually to minimize possible outcomes. There are full of surprises in hotel environments because a hotel holds inside large amount of customers, staffs, technology, machines and sustenance. Any of these could cause accidents or other unexpected occasions.

A short coffee break was allowed right after the morning meeting before starting the shift.

There were three different tasks every day - cleaning guest rooms, cleaning corridors of each floor, and cleaning conference rooms. Lobby and other public areas were not within our responsibilities because the service was sold to another cleaning company a long time ago.

Tasks were rotated weekly and everyone had a favorite thing to do. My favorite happened to be cleaning bedrooms because I have always been an extroverted guy but cleaning bedrooms gave me some alone time as a therapy.

First I needed to change sheets, then clean the bathroom and vacuum the entire room. It was quite challenging at the first week since everything needed to be done in a certain amount of time, and there were usually 20-30 bedrooms under every housekeeper's obligation.

Lunch was typically timed at 11 a.m., and we were allowed to eat in the staff canteen which was the highlight of the day because the food was very delicious. Almost as tasty as the menu of the hotel's main restaurant.

Individuals who took the responsibility for cleaning corridors, needed to vacuum floors and polish surfaces on elevators and handrails. Also took away huge trolleys where bedrooms cleaners filled up with sheets. Conference room cleaners kept all areas clean, shiny and fingerprintless. Somehow, publicly rentable areas like conference rooms, stages for public speaking or entertainment performances, and spas needed to be extra spotless.

A typical day ended at 3.30 p.m. so there was still plenty of time to spend for our needs because the hotel was and is only 15 minutes away from the downtown.

I would like to share some facts from my own experience:

  • Clean and comfortable uniforms was a great advantage
  • Precise instructions and tasks created easy daily routines
  • Breaks were not monitored which provided freedom and light atmosphere
  • Pay was average but food was brilliant which was a great compensation
  • The job was also suitable for students because the cleaning company allowed employees to work part-time as well
  • Cleaning bloodstains and other bodily fluids was rewarded with extra payments
  • Female housekeepers dominated the industry, and usually were middle-aged and from Baltic countries

In sum - I enjoyed the job as a housekeeper mainly due to the perks of freedom and great foods. Colleagues were friendly but many of them only spoke their native languages so we haven't had many conversations. The job was easy and clear so the pay was nicely proportionated when taking all the factors into account.

My advice for a more convenient working environment - Hotel business is well structured and so are other departments. Housekeeping is fun at the beginning but gets humdrum in a long run due to the repetitive daily routines. Try to find a way to get a promotion because the coordination is a lot more fun.

Thank you for spending time with me, see you in a short!

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2020 Davie Chen


This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)