I hired a cleaning service to clean my home this week and I’m not sure whether or not I should tip and if so just how much I should give. When I searched online I was surprised to find that most homeowners do not tip for cleaning services. It seems some folks provide a large tip around the holidays and some never tip at all.
This is the first time I’ve ever hired a cleaning service and I could really use advice on this one. If you hire a cleaning service do you tip the men and women who come out to clean your home? If so how much do you tip them? Do you tip them a specific amount or a percent of the overall cost of the cleaning?
Here’s what I discovered:
Tip Your House Cleaner: Large Company
If you are using a large cleaning company contact management and ask if tips are welcome. They can provide you with a common tipping price; typically either a dollar amount or a percentage of the service you purchased. You can ask quite frankly whether customers are expected to tip and even how much is typically provided.
Unfortunately, just because a large cleaning company charges a lot for services doesn’t mean they pay their cleaners a lot to clean homes. If you are unsure simply ask. The company will let you know whether or not it is customary to tip. Don’t be afraid to ask how much to tip as well.
Remember that most cleaners are working for minimum wage. If you tip your hair dresser, bartender and waitress why would you not think to tip your house cleaner as well? These types of employees are often underpaid, so if you can afford to tip them don’t hesitate to do so.
Tip Your House Cleaner: Company Owner
If you use an individual person to clean your home weekly or monthly consider saving up for a large holiday gift rather than tipping every time they clean.
Why? Most company owners set their own rates. They account for the fact that most home owners won’t automatically tip and set their prices accordingly.
Having said that it’s still nice to reward them for good work once or twice a year.
When to Tip House Cleaner
If you receive house cleaning services every week should you leave a tip each time? This is a question a lot of people ask. I think it depends on who is cleaning your house. If the same set of cleaners are arriving each week you might want to consider tipping once a month. Of course, if you receive a different cleaner or group of cleaners every week then you’ll need to tip weekly.
How Much to Tip House Cleaner
How much do you typically tip for other services? I think the standard rates apply. What would you give your bartender or waitress? Most of us provide 15 to 20% tips. I think that’s a good place to start. That means a $100 cleaning will really cost you $115 to $120.
How to Tip House Cleaner
Keep in mind that you don’t need to pay each cleaner individually. If a group of cleaners arrive at your house it is perfectly acceptable to leave a $10 to $15 tip for all of them. They will be expected to split the cash among themselves.
When to Tip More
Consider the amount of work a cleaner might need to do inside of your home. If you keep your home neat and tidy with little dust and dirt then you might not need to provide a giant tip. On the other hand, if you have lots of children dragging crumbs throughout the house and dogs and cats leaving fur behind you should consider tipping more.
If your home is cleaned weekly it requires less work than a home that is cleaned less often. Deep cleans requiring oven cleaning and moving furniture should include a larger tip too.
Tipping Isn’t Required But It’s Nice to Do
Tipping isn’t mandatory, but just because it’s not required doesn’t mean it’s not the nice thing to do. Show your appreciation for those who are bending over, cleaning your toilets, scrubbing your floors and shaking out your rugs.
And if you find a really great cleaner definitely tip them. Cleaning homes for a living isn’t an easy job. Everyone likes to feel rewarded for a job well done.
Do you have any thoughts on tipping house cleaners? If so, please leave your comments below.