Vehicle cleaners clean vehicles, machinery, and other types of equipment.
The very first car wash opened in 1914 in Detroit, Michigan. It was called the "Automated Laundry." Ever since, car washes have been popular in America. So popular, in fact, that there was even a movie made in 1976 entitled - you guessed it - "Car Wash."
Vehicle cleaners often work at car washes. They begin their work by inspecting the item they are to clean. They assess how dirty the item is and whether there is damage. Vehicle cleaners use scrapers, brushes, soaps, water, or steam to wash the outside of vehicles. Sometimes cleaners take things apart in order to clean them thoroughly. They may soak some parts in cleaning solutions. When these parts are clean, cleaners put them back together. Vehicle cleaners polish some vehicles. They apply wax and remove it by hand or with a buffing machine. Vehicle cleaners may also apply paint to restore color or condition. To clean the inside of vehicles, cleaners use vacuums. They may also steam clean the seats and carpets. They may document exactly what type of cleaning they performed.
Vehicle cleaners operate cleaning equipment, such as pressure washers. They connect, disconnect, and clean the hoses on these machines. They also make sure that all cleaning equipment is working properly and report any problems to a supervisor. Vehicle cleaners mix cleaning solutions and make sure enough cleaning supplies are on hand.
Vehicle cleaners may do minor maintenance, such as check tire pressure and add water to the radiator. They may also replace windshield wiper blades and change tires. On new cars, vehicle cleaners remove protective coatings and plastic coverings.
Vehicle cleaners often drive vehicles to and from the cleaning area. Sometimes they pick up or deliver vehicles to customers. Vehicle cleaners usually are responsible for keeping their work area neat.