tipping cleaner?

posted 3 years ago in Home
Post # 3
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5087 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2014

I try to tip my cleaner every week, she refuses to take it. 

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Even though she is the owner if you are happy with the service I would tip. We tip the lady who cleans for us 20% of what the service costs us (she isn’t self-employed but soon will be and we will still tip her then also.) We then gave her a nice (cash) Christmas gift as well. I probably overtip most of the time but I know how hard service industry folks work for that money and I think they are underpaid so I do what I can.

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Is this someone who cleans for you on a regular basis?  If so, a tip might be nice if you don’t know when/if you’ll use her again.  If it’s just a one-off thing, I wouldn’t tip.  

We have a cleaning lady who comes every 3 weeks. We only tip her during Christmas time.  

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

I believe a tip is only customary if the person is an employee, not the owner.

Post # 8
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1312 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I probably still would. When our contract is up with the company we use, we are going to start using the lady who works for them now but is going out on her own at the end of this month. We will still tip her, mostly because we know she is a struggling single mom.

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

@luvbug080688:  We tip the cleaners every time they come (every 4 weeks). We tip 25% since they give us an amazing deal.

We’ll also give them a small christmas gift when they come this weekend.

If you plan to continue using this service once you move, I would recommend to tip.

Post # 10
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1721 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I would just give a $10 or $20 tip if you feel she did an excellent job.  Just something to show appreciation, but not a huge amount. 🙂

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

@luvbug080688:  The person that cleans our apartment is self-employed, in the sense that she doesn’t work for an agency or other employer. Cleaning isn’t a lucrative business, so even though it’s customary to only tip employees, I still tip her! 

There was one time when she cleaned the oven (there was baked on cheese eeeeverywhere), and she charged more since that’s not built into her fee. I didn’t realize it would cost more, so the amount of cash I had left her no tip. She didn’t seem fazed by not receiving a tip at all. When I tip her, she also doesn’t really react.

Based on that….I don’t know if you’re supposed to tip or not, but I try to every time just for my own peace of mind. I hate doing a deep clean, so I’m grateful that someone does it for me!

 

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@letigre: These are my thoughts too! I really appreciate the service. I also tip salon owners (not just employees) who do my hair and the owner of the nail place when she does my nails. I don’t know, I just would feel bad if I didn’t.  

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