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What is the difference between a maid and a housekeeper?

March 20, 2017 by Andrew Boland


Hiring a maid to come into your home is a great way to tidy things up. Maids can be hired on a weekly, monthly, or daily basis, and they normally work with an agency. Working with an agency helps maids find jobs and it ensures that they are protected by insurance. One thing that sets maids apart from housekeepers is their length of hire. Most maids are hired for periodic heavy cleaning. Maids will come into the home and handle these deep cleaning tasks that are only required to be done a few times a year. A task such as shampooing carpets or cleaning behind the stove or other appliances are just a few examples of what maids can do. On the other hand, housekeepers often live inside the home and clean daily. Maids do all sorts of different cleaning tasks which you will find listed below.

Vacuuming carpets, shampooing the carpet, mopping floors, and steam cleaning floorsHeavy cleaning of the kitchen including but not limited to countertops, stoves, ovens, microwaves, sinks, walls, and floorsHeavy cleaning of bathrooms including tubs, showers sinks, toilets, walls, and floors.Dusting of doors, cabinets, furniture, light fixtures, and baseboardsDeep cleaning glass windows, window sills and glass doorsPolishing chrome, brass, stainless steel, including fixturesCleaning behind heavy furniture such as dressers, sofas, and bedsCleaning behind appliances such as dryers, washers, stoves, dishwashers, and refrigerators.


When you hire a housekeeper, chances are you are looking for someone to work full time in your home. Housekeepers often become part of the family and live on site. Housekeepers are in charge of the household and do more than just house cleaning. Busy families who work long hours will hire housekeepers to keep things clean and in order while they focus on their careers. Below are just a few things that housekeepers do daily. Housekeepers take on a wide range of roles in order to keep the household running smoothly.

Dusting, mopping and sweeping floors.Vacuuming carpets.Washing dishes and putting them awayMaking beds and changing the sheetsWashing clothes, ironing, folding and putting them away.Running errands for the household including grocery shopping, picking up dry cleaning and morePreparing meals including breakfast, lunch, and dinner.Walking the dog and taking care of other pets that live in the householdGeneral house cleaning and organizingBabysitting and helping with getting the kids off to schoolTaking out the garbageRestocking personal care items.


Now that you have learned the differences between a housekeeper and a maid, it’s time to choose which one is right for you. If you need someone to come in and deep clean your home before a big event or get your home back in order, a maid service is a right choice. Maids are highly helpful in getting big house cleaning jobs out of the way so that you don’t have to deal with them.

You can hire a maid to come once a week or once a year depending on the needs of your household. Remember that hiring a maid through an agency is a great way to protect yourself and your home. These agencies often conduct background checks and they are often insured. On the other hand, if you need someone to handle your everyday household need, a housekeeper is your best bet. These helpful housekeepers can take a load of stress off you by handling the day to day things that you simply don’t have time for. They can help you take care of your kids and your pets and do all the cooking for you. While hiring a housekeeper will cost you more money, they are worth their weight in gold.

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