Definition of cleaner in English:



  • 1A person or thing that cleans something, in particular:

    1. 1.1 A person employed to clean the interior of a building:
      ‘she's one of the office cleaners’
      • ‘She has consistently criticised the health authority for using contract cleaning companies to clean the hospital rather than employing its own cleaners directly.’
      • ‘Yet they pay their cleaners just £5.25 an hour with no sick pay or pension.’
      • ‘Companies use agencies to employ cleaners for their buildings.’
      • ‘The hospitals were said to be notably clean and had a high standard of decor with cleaners employed directly by the trust, which treated them as valuable members of staff.’
      • ‘And meanwhile they're employing kitchen staff and cleaners from where?’
      • ‘To drain the water out, the residents employed cleaners on Sunday to remove garbage and wild growth from the canal, which have been deposited on the roadside.’
      • ‘The 150 cleaners, housekeepers, office and restaurant staff have been fighting for a better deal for weeks.’
      • ‘It says cleaning standards have slipped in hospitals because of a major decline in the number of cleaners employed in the last eight years.’
      • ‘He said they employed three part-time cleaners and the visitors also spent money in the local economy.’
      • ‘In fact, one boy employed as an office cleaner did not even know how to open a door.’
      • ‘He handled it really well for a man who doesn't have children, is not used to having to think about money and employs a cleaner.’
      • ‘Many years later we have just employed our latest cleaner.’
      • ‘I should never have listened to you about hiring a house cleaner.’
      • ‘Directors of the company earn 50 times more than the cleaners who work for them.’
      • ‘Hospitals must employ enough cleaners and give them the right tools to do the job thoroughly.’
      • ‘Free public toilets lack the funds to employ a full-time cleaner and because they are free, they are busier.’
      • ‘Every morning in Times Square at around 11.30 am GMT, an incredibly bored looking cleaner sweeps the streets.’
      • ‘On top of that we saw cleaners employed by the hospital who each had a responsibility to maintain their own individual wards.’
      • ‘You said hiring a house cleaner would solve our cleaning problems because we both have full-time jobs.’
      • ‘I was pointed up to the first floor of the building where some cleaners were mopping up.’
      attendant, retainer
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    2. 1.2the cleaners A shop where clothes and fabrics are dry-cleaned:
      ‘my suit's at the cleaners’
      • ‘You take me on errands to the bank, the cleaners, the pharmacy, and everyone on the street knows you.’
      • ‘For instance, when all the actors sent their clothes to the cleaners, all of the women's underwear was sent back.’
      • ‘When you drop your clothes off at the cleaners, the employees follow a pattern that holds true at just about any dry-cleaning operation running today.’
      • ‘We were supposed to put all the clothes from the cleaners or the laundry onto crocheted hangers that my grandmother had made for us.’
      • ‘You get a whiff of that fluid too, every time you pick up your clothes from the cleaners.’
    3. 1.3 A device for cleaning, such as a vacuum cleaner.
      • ‘Ultrasonic cleaners only work with hard crystalline stones; otherwise avoid them.’
      • ‘An electronic cleaner produces negative ions that are attracted to the pollutants.’
      • ‘The shriveled black olives are then vacuumed up with machines that look like street cleaners.’
      • ‘Since babies spend so much time on the floor, avoid commercial carpet cleaners that may use harmful chemicals.’
      • ‘Other firms have shown off prototype robot cleaners, but it is the first to put one into production.’
      • ‘A mechanical drain cleaner can move the can out of the way - temporarily.’
      • ‘A standard central vacuum canister works on the same principle as a conventional cleaner.’
      • ‘Use one of the many commercial deck cleaners available according to instructions on the label.’
    4. 1.4 A chemical substance used for cleaning:
      ‘an oven cleaner’
      • ‘Recently, several molecular studies showed that fumes from household cleaners and industrial chemical waste are also asthma triggers.’
      • ‘Chemical drain cleaners will only free up one small section of the drainage system temporarily.’
      • ‘Spray the rim, toilet seat, counter top and sink with your all-purpose cleaner.’
      • ‘It's important to avoid conventional oven cleaners; they contain lye and ammonia, which can damage your respiratory tract if inhaled.’
      • ‘Try, whenever possible, to avoid the use of aerosol products like air fresheners, oven cleaners and hairspray that vaporise chemicals into the air, your lungs and onto your skin.’
      • ‘Supermarket shelves are filled with household cleaners containing strong chemicals which can pollute the environment and pose health hazards.’
      • ‘Stronger cleaners such as oven or drain cleaners also contain corrosive substances, which will kill and remove tissue cells.’
      • ‘Remove marks with a plastic scouring pad and a mildly abrasive cleaner.’
      • ‘What goes down the drain at home winds up in the sea - phosphate detergents, household solvents, chemical cleaners and human sewage.’
      • ‘Vinyl cleaners sold in furniture stores or auto stores help clean stubborn soil on vinyl upholstery.’
      • ‘Benzene, a chemical in detergents and oven cleaners, is also known to be a carcinogen.’
      • ‘Do not use abrasive household cleaners on these surfaces because they may scratch.’
      • ‘There are many commercial bathroom scum cleaners available.’
      • ‘Disinfectants, deodorant soaps, toilet bowl cleaners and even mouthwash kill the beneficial bacteria.’
      • ‘Many stove or oven cleaners produce less toxic fumes than earlier versions.’
      • ‘Caution: Do not mix bleach and ammonia (or mix any cleaners that contain these chemicals).’
      • ‘Install child safety locks on cabinets to safely store chemicals, cleaners, medicines, cosmetics and other toxic and/or caustic products.’
      • ‘Many soaps and other sudsy cleaners like dishwashing liquid and shampoo are detergents.’
      • ‘That was just about bearable, but then they started spraying the table-tops with chemical cleaners, the thin mist wafting over onto our plates and up our noses.’
      • ‘In oven cleaners, lye and sodium hydroxide can burn skin, eyes, and the respiratory tract.’
      cleaner, cleanser
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