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Janitor job description

A Janitor is a professional who is a vital part of any business. They are responsible for maintaining a clean and healthy facility by completing various tasks. This can include mopping & vacuuming floors, disinfecting surfaces and restrooms and emptying trash and recycle cans. 


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Janitor responsibilities include:

  • Cleaning and supplying designated building areas
  • Performing and documenting routine inspection and maintenance activities
  • Carrying out heavy cleansing tasks and special projects

janitor job description

Job brief

We are looking for a Janitor, or Custodian,  to take care of our building and carry out cleaning, maintenance and security duties.

The goal is to keep our building in a clean and orderly condition.


  • Clean and supply designated building areas (dusting, sweeping, vacuuming, mopping, cleaning ceiling vents, restroom cleaning etc)
  • Perform and document routine inspection and maintenance activities
  • Carry out heavy cleansing tasks and special projects
  • Notify management of occurring deficiencies or needs for repairs
  • Make adjustments and minor repairs
  • Stock and maintain supply rooms
  • Cooperate with the rest of the staff
  • Follow all health and safety regulations

Requirements and skills

  • Proven working experience as a Janitor
  • Ability to handle heavy equipment and machinery
  • Knowledge of cleaning chemicals and supplies
  • Familiarity with Material Safety Data Sheets
  • Integrity and ability to work independently
  • High school degree

Frequently asked questions

What does a Janitor do?

A Janitor maintains a clean and healthy working environment for the business or facility. They ensure the interior, exterior, or both areas of a building are sanitary and free of trash and debris.

What are the duties and responsibilities of a Janitor?

A Janitor’s duties and responsibilities can include general cleaning of a building and keeping it maintained and in good condition. This can include vacuuming, mopping, sanitizing restrooms, taking out trash and recycling and washing and cleaning windows and mirrors.

What makes a good Janitor?

A good Janitor will have great attention to detail which assists with keeping the facility clean. They are also motivated, responsible, independent and have excellent time management skills.

Who does a Janitor work with?

A Janitor typically reports to a Shift Supervisor, Janitorial Manager or Facilities Manager. In smaller offices, they can report to an Office Manager. A Janitor can work with other Janitorial staff depending on the shift worked daily. An overnight Janitor can work alone or with other overnight employees.

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