The Complete Guide To Tipping Your House Cleaner

How Much To Tip A Maid
Tipping A House Cleaner

Hiring a professional cleaning service can be a wonderful way to keep your house looking its best and it saves you the time and inconvenience of cleaning yourself. One of the most common questions people have is concerning tipping. Should you and how much do you tip a house cleaner? There isn’t a plain and simple answer to these questions, but there are some general considerations that should be in mind when choosing whether or not to tip a house cleaner.

Should You Tip Your House Cleaner?

It’s uncommon to see a house cleaning service that requires a tip, though some may include tipping into their regular rates. If this is the policy, it should be clearly described to you in your service agreement so that you don’t feel obliged to tip any additional money. Recently, many cleaning services have started to merely pay their cleaners a higher wage in order to take away the pressure for their clients to tip altogether.

If in doubt, it’s never a bad idea to tip your house cleaner, particularly if they have gone above and beyond your expectations and provided outstanding service. 

Cash or Other Options?

Cash is king, but if you want to express appreciation but don’t feel comfortable tipping in cash, bear in mind that there are other options. Rather than tipping cash, you may consider giving your house cleaner a gift card to a local cafe or coffee shop. You can also give gifts like a nice bottle of wine or even something handmade to show your appreciation.

When To Tip and How Much

Other common questions people have about tipping house cleaners is how often they should tip and the amount. This will vary and depend on your frequency and services provided. For example, if you hire a professional cleaner for a one time service, you can either forget tipping altogether or offer a larger one-time tip.

It can get a little more complex when you have a recurring cleaning service. Your cleaner likely doesn’t anticipate a tip every week that they come to clean your home. Instead of tipping a minimal amount at each cleaning, you should consider giving your cleaner a bit larger tip once every month or once every few months.

However, the exception would be if you have a different cleaner with each visit. You wouldn’t want one cleaner to get the entire tip for a month’s worth of weekly cleaning services if there were other professional cleaners who came in and cleaned during the month. If this is the case, it would be better to offer a small tip with each weekly cleaning instead of tipping a larger amount at the end of the month. 

How much of a tip should you give? Normally, it’s good to follow the same tipping etiquette here as you would with a similar service. A tip of 15-20% is the industry standard. For example,  if your house cleaning services are $100, then a $10-$15 tip would be very appreciated. If you have a team of cleaners, it is common to split the tip between both cleaners; you are by no means obligated to tip them each $10-$15. However, if you received exceptional service, you may consider doing so.

Other House Cleaning Service Tipping Factors

The condition of your home is another thing to consider when tipping your house cleaner. If you are aware that your home hasn’t been cleaned in a while and that you have an especially difficult task, such as a grimy bathroom or nasty kitchen, then you may want to think about tipping your house cleaner even if you wouldn’t under normal circumstances.

If you’ve hired a professional cleaner through an agency, it’s a good idea to contact the agency directly and ask for guidance on tipping. Some cleaning companies possibly rely on customers tipping to ensure their cleaners have a living wage, where other companies pay their cleaners a living wage that doesn’t rely on tips. This varies significantly from one city to the next, so contacting directly can help you get a better understanding of what clients have done and how much they have tipped.

The Bottom Line On Maid Tipping

Tipping is not required or expected, but it is a nice way to show your appreciation if you have a house cleaner who does a superb job or if your house cleaner’s living wage depends on tips. Gratuity with each service is acceptable, though some people who have a house cleaner on a regular basis, may prefer to give a monthly tip or a larger year-end “bonus”,  which can come in handy during the holiday season.

If you choose to leave a tip, 15-20% of your total service is typically a good amount to go with, but you may consider a bit more or less depending on your specific situation.

In conclusion, choosing to tip or not to tip your house cleaner is entirely up to you. Your house cleaner isn’t likely to perform poorly because you didn’t leave a tip and many cleaners won’t even expect one. However, like many other service industry providers, it is nice to be acknowledged for great service with a cash tip or other form of appreciation, like a gift card.

Eco Friendly House Cleaners does not require tips and our professional cleaners will never solicit one from the client. However,  you are always welcome to tip your cleaning crew if you believe you’ve received outstanding service. Contact us today to set up your eco friendly house cleaning! 


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