This discipline is geared towards the more formal household. Their sole responsibility will be to launder and iron/press the household clothing and linens throughout.
Laundresses will have at least 3 years’ experience working in a similar role.
A laundress will have 5+ years’ experience caring for garments of clothing and linens using a variety of techniques to ensure all are properly cared for in order to prolong wear and use.
Range from £350 net per week typically for up to a 12 hour day, Monday to Friday
Range from £400 net per week typically for up to a 10 hour day, Monday to Friday
Duties can include all or most of the following depending on your requirements:
Organise all wardrobes and linen cupboards including seasonal change
Perform alterations including hemming and repairs
Launder and press clothing
Carefully remove stains and care for challenging fabrics
Care for haute couture and designer clothing
Perform detailed ironing and steaming of wardrobe closets
Fold and hang to perfection
Manage laundry supplies
Keep a current inventory at all times
Organise and manage the sending and receiving of any items to outside professional care
To allow efficiency, she would have to have a properly ventilated laundry room with a number of washing machines to allow multiple loads to be dried and washed at the same time. She would require an industrial pressing machine for bedlinen, an upright steamer and an ironing board and steam iron. The room will be well lit with both natural light and artificial so that she can see clearly for stain removal and soaking. The room should be able to store ample stock of detergents, powders and fabric conditioner for efficiency.
The ironing room should have a dedicated hanging and shelving area. Possibly a Sheila Maid to assist.
This could be combined with the role of a Lady’s Maid/Wardrobe Manager to make it a full-time role