Sometimes, people are not sure of how to address a home cleaner. The popular terms “maid” and “cleaning lady” work well. However, what if the cleaner at your door is not a woman? Should you still use a gender-based term or is it wrong?
Don’t expect a lecture! We know there are no easy answers. However, we are proud of what we do for a living, and we want to share our take on the topic! There is a right way to address your cleaner? Let’s find out!
Is “maid” a rude word?
By far, the most used word to refer to a home cleaner is “maid.” While the term isn’t offensive by itself, there are extensive discussions about if it’s right to keep using it.
At CHRISTal Clean, we believe that the word isn’t a problem if used with respect, but it’s worth diving further into the topic!
Where does the word come from?
“Maid” is short for “maiden,” and it describes any young (and unmarried) woman helping in the household since a long time ago. A maid was not just a cleaner but also helped with other housework duties and errands, like babysitting or cooking.
“Maid” is likely a problematic term because of the long history of issues in live-in houseworkers.
Then, why are we still calling our cleaners “maids”?
In the modern-day, when people say “maid,” they are referring to someone who cleans homes. A maid is also a person who helps busy homeowners to have free time and make their place healthier! Being a maid is a respectable and enjoyable way to make a living!
CHRISTal Clean still uses the term because everyone understands better what we do when we say we are maids!
Many other terms might work as well as “maid!” You can call us home cleaners, cleaning technicians, or whatever new fancy name the cleaning industry brings up! If you refer to our employees with respect, they’ll never find it rude!
Maids are like any other professional!
Hiring a maid no longer means taking a full-time houseworker into your home. With the passing of time, maid services thrived! Now, they are popular and essential among many different types of homeowners.
However, some people may still feel uncomfortable hiring professional help with the chores, regardless of the term. Is it wrong to hire someone to clean your toilet? Of course not! Cleaning chores are not yours alone to do. If you don’t have the time, hiring a maid is a good option!
Paying someone to clean your home for you is like hiring any other service, for example, visiting the doctor or getting a haircut.
Maid services in Waukesha County and surrounding areas
Wrapping things up, our maids love cleaning, and the name is part of it! For us, cleaning is a way to improve your health too! We only use non-toxic cleaning products—most of them are made with doTERRA essential oils!
Do you want to experience our cleaning services first hand? Book your service or get your free quote here!