Tipping Cleaning Lady

by Claire Valenty on April 7, 2010

in Tipping

tipping  housecleaner etiquette

If you have a cleaning lady (let’s not be sexist, here – how about a cleaning man, too?!), tipping cleaning lady/man etiquette depends on whether they work for themselves or a larger company.

If your maid works for themselves (and owns their own company), then it is customary to tip them around the holidays. Tipping cleaning lady/man etiquette states you tip a week’s worth of normal pay. For example, if you pay your cleaning lady $50 a week to clean your house, you will give her a $50 tip. If you pay your cleaning lady $160 a month to clean your house bi-weekly, you will give her a $40 tip. However, when times are tight, never feel obligated to leave a cash tip for your cleaning person. But, remember that you do trust this person with your most valuable possessions (your home and its contents), and you obviously think highly of them, if you have put your trust in them and you continue to employ them. If you are unable to leave a cash tip, a homemade treat or craft along with a note expressing your thanks will also be appreciated.

If you use a cleaning service where different people are cleaning your house each time and you have no idea who is there one week to the next, it is not normal to tip, even around the holidays, Some people do leave out snacks and drinks for the cleaning crew. If you do this, leave a note for them so they know they are welcome to help themselves!

Photo: Dreamstime/Gabriel Blaj

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Cleaninglady December 16, 2011 at 3:03 am

I would like to know where you came up with your thoughts on tipping the cleaning lady.I am an independent cleaning lady and my customers barely tip ever.Holiday time is not the only time to tip those who are of service to you especially those like myself that go the extra mile for customers.Tipping should be done when it comes from your heart and generosity to show how much you appreciate your service provider whether it is the yard guy,the cleaning lady or the babysitter.If you can’t afford to tip in tough times then people should do the dirty work themselves.Tough economic times are no excuse to be cheap.

LH December 17, 2014 at 7:34 pm

I agree!From one cleaning lady to another

Cheryl Williams October 18, 2015 at 4:49 pm

I’m surprised that there have been no responses to the above writer for four years?? I’d like to know where HER ideas com from about tipping. She says her clients “barely tip”. The she goes on to say that tipping comes from the heart (?) to show your appreciation. She even says that people are “cheap” if they don’t tip in hard economic times! What a horrible, ignorant person!

Here is your answer. Cleaninglady: you are getting paid for your work when the client pays the bill. If you go through your work seething when your customers don’t tip, think: either you are not earning it, or it is not appropriate to tip !

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