When you get your home cleaned by a professional cleaner or a cleaning company, you get billed for it. Why you should tip your house cleaner anything extra is the question you ask yourself. Should you give an additional tip to the person/s who worked at this job in your house or not? After all, you are paying them for the actual work they have done. On the other hand, tipping is a convention that you can’t ignore. This is something that most of you have wrestled with whenever you get a service done by an outside agency.
There are valid arguments on both sides of the question. Some people feel that the bill covers all aspects of the job, and there’s no need to add an extra tip. Others instinctively reach for their wallets while saying Goodbye to the cleaning team and generously hand over some cash. Some others agonize over how much to tip. Let’s unpack this concept and look at the issue in its entirety.
What Is Tipping?
You’ll find tip-boxes or jars in most places – the local coffee shop, your beauty salon, and hotels, and tipping is expected in cabs, bars, and restaurants. In money terms, tipping amounts to billions of dollars across the world, but it’s also banned in many countries.
A tip, or gratuity, is a token amount of money given voluntarily to someone who has performed a service. It is meant to show appreciation for a job well done. If the service was unsatisfactory, we might not leave a tip, or perhaps a very small amount, to show that we were not pleased with the service.
It may have its origins in feudal times when the nobility routinely handed out sums of money or jewels to those who pleased them in some way.
Tipping is customarily expected in the US. There are unwritten rules that govern this system. In restaurants, waitpersons expect at least 15-20% of the bill amount as a tip. Depending on the quality of the hotel, tipping amounts could vary widely. For food delivery services, a minimum tip of $5 is expected, while valet parking, flower delivery, mechanics, and gas station attendants would have different rates. The reality is that tipping forms a great part of their earnings for many of these people.
Interestingly, psychologists have studied tipping in depth. They conclude that extroverts and socially dominating people tend to tip more, and surprisingly, so do neurotic and anxious people!
Tipping The House Cleaner
Is there a tipping etiquette when tipping the house cleaning professional? Conversely, is there any need to tip them? It’s a tricky question, and there doesn’t seem to be a water-tight “Yes” or “No” answer.
When you’re in a restaurant, salon, or hotel, you’re pretty sure of the tipping conventions. However, when it comes to house cleaning, there are some differences. For example, if a company employs a cleaner, most homeowners know that tips may form a big chunk of their earnings, so a tip is a good way to show appreciation for a job well done. On the other hand, if the cleaner is self-employed, you know that they charge for their services exactly by the hour. Perhaps you employ them regularly. In such cases, homeowners usually don’t feel the need to add a gratuity. You may instead choose to give them cash or a generous gift at Christmas.
Another issue is how much should you tip? In general, the condition and size of your home, the company policy, and the quality of service you get determine the size of the tip you give. So again, it differs across the board, but 20% of the total bill is usually the norm.
You hire a cleaning service to ensure your comfort and safety. You may be working at a full or part-time job, and you’re left without much leisure to attend to chores. It leaves you stress-free, and you can come back to a sparkling clean home. You can spend more time with your loved ones and do what you love – gardening, exercising, reading, or painting. Professionals clean the house much better, and they stay in focus. You don’t have to worry about stocking up on cleaning products and equipment. And let’s face it if you hate cleaning, hire a cleaning service!
Today, there are several different tipping conventions in the house cleaning sector. Some companies have a No Tipping policy because they pay their workers adequately. However, this may not be the case everywhere. Most house cleaning companies prefer to leave it to their customers to decide whether to tip or not.
Some tips about tipping:
- Discreetly check the company policy about tipping: you can ask other clients about what they do
- Does the cleaner own the cleaning company or not?
- Assess the quality of service and how satisfied you are
- If the quote given by the company includes service charges, you may not need to give additional tips
- If the cleaner is regular, you may like to show your appreciation with a non-cash gift
- If you’ve requested extra services after a party, you can give a tip
- If the cleaner has gone above and beyond your expectations and the quote, a tip is in order
- Consider your budget: if you’re already paying a substantial amount on the bill, you can avoid tipping
Why You Should Tip Your House Cleaner
Tipping gives the worker or house cleaner an extra incentive to work harder, faster and better
- It gives them immediate feedback about the work that they have done.
- It teaches them what the customer is looking for and how to leave them delighted with their work.
- Tips tell your house cleaner that they are doing a good job.
- This keeps them motivated to perform at their best.
- Tipping differentiates bad service from good.
- It helps young people work cleaning part-time or as a second career.
- Customers are often better judges of the quality of service, which is shown in how they tip the cleaner.
- If there is more than one cleaner who has worked in your house, it’s better to give a lump sum that they can all share.
- If your house hasn’t been cleaned for a long time or is exceptionally messy and difficult to clean, a tip is a good reward for a job you wouldn’t like to do yourself.
Like many other rules of social etiquette, tipping is never very clearly defined. It depends on local conventions in the area that you find yourself in. However, giving your house cleaner a percentage of the bill certainly makes them happy, and you can be assured of good service every time.