Maid service

Maid service, cleaning service and janitorial service are terms more modernly describing a specialized outside service, providing a specific service to individuals, businesses, fraternal clubs and associations as well a home.

These services may be different, than what is generally thought to be the historically prevalent services performed by a maid and these services may be provided by both male and/or female individuals.

A maid service "maid car" used to transport maids to assignments, Ypsilanti Township, Michigan

In current descriptive, "maid" is a female employed in domestic service. Once part of an elaborate hierarchy in affluent homes and profitable businesses, today a maid may be the only domestic worker that upper and even middle-income households can afford, as a household domestic-help employee. Maids perform typical domestic chores such as cooking, ironing, washing, cleaning, grocery shopping, walking the family dog, and tending to the household children.

In the Western world, comparatively few households can afford live-in domestic help employees, in lieu of this affordability, the alternative, generally termed as a maid service is utilized as a periodic cleaner. In developing nations, differences found within income and social status between different socio-economic classes, lesser educated women, with less opportunity are believed to provide a labor source for domestic work.

Maids, per se, perform typical domestic chores such as cooking, ironing, washing, cleaning the house, grocery shopping, walking the family dog and taking care of children. In many places in some poor countries, maids often take on the role of a nurse in taking care of the elderly and people with disabilities. It is beliveved that many employers of maids require the individual to wear a uniform, of the traditional style.

Socio-economic opportunities, not being confined to any specific global location, may allow for cleaning services to perform 'cleaning' as their source of business as a service.

Utilizing a maid service may be considered due to a number of personal factors, including but not limited to geographical location, social standing, lack of personal time, lack of experience.

Historically, utilizing a maid service was thought to be affordable only to the affluent, these services though, have become increasingly common in many developed cultures, partly because of the rise in dual-income families.

A maid service may be more expensive than simply hiring a part-time maid, but it offers a number of advantages. Usually the service will provide not only someone to do the cleaning, but also all of the necessary cleaning supplies. Also, as a bona fide employer, the service is responsible for withholding Social Security and other income taxes. Third, a service is insured and often bonded, so it can be held accountable if something is stolen or missing.

Janitorial service often refers to the use of a cleaning service for businesses rather than just residential. The advantages to using a janitorial service are the same as using a maid service for residential above. Janitorial services in the United States employe thousands of workers from all parts of the world.

There are thousands of residential cleaning businesses throughout the United States and Canada. Maid services are becoming more popular in cities in particular; perhaps a sign of a relatively well-off population. Historically and traditionally, cleaning was considered a woman's role, but as more and more women have joined the workforce, the time pressure on families with children has grown, so paying a service for cleaning makes sense to persons who can afford it. Additionally, many modern homeowners lack the proper knowledge to use the safest and most effective cleaning products.

See also


Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Maid — For other uses, see Maid (disambiguation). Smedley maid illustration 1906 A maidservant or in current usage housemaid or maid is a female employed in domestic service. Contents …   Wikipedia

  • Maid-Rite — Corporation Type Private Industry Restaurant Founded 1926 Founder(s) Fred Angell Headquarters …   Wikipedia

  • Maid Sama! — Cover of Kaichō wa Maid sama! volume 1 as published by Hakusensha, featuring Misaki Ayuzawa (right) and Takumi Usui (left). 会長はメイド様! …   Wikipedia

  • Maid Brigade — is a national residential cleaning franchise providing professional home cleaning. Maid Brigade was founded in 1979 by Don Hay and Bart Puett. Mr. Hay acted as President and CEO until July 2005. Mr. Puett has been President since July 2005. Their …   Wikipedia

  • maid of honour — 1. A lady in the service of a queen or princess 2. A small almond flavoured cake, or a kind of cheesecake 3. A bridesmaid (N American) • • • Main Entry: ↑honour maid of honour see under ↑honour • • • Main Entry: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • Maid of the Mist — For other uses, see Maid of the Mist (disambiguation). Maid of the Mist The Maid of the Mist is a boat tour of Niagara Falls. (The actual boats used are each named Maid of the Mist, followed by a different Roman numeral in each case.) The boat… …   Wikipedia

  • Maid café — Un maid café (メイド喫茶 / メイドカフェ, meido kissa / meido kafe?) est un café où les serveuses portent un uniforme de domestique (maid, en anglais). Ces cafés se trouvent principalement dans le quartier d’Akihabara à Tōkyō et sont fréquentés par un public …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Maid café — Interior of a maid café in Osaka Maid cafés (メイドカフェ Meido kafe) are a subcategory of cosplay restaurants found predominantly in Japan. In these cafés, waitresses dressed in maid costumes act as servants, and treat customers as masters (and… …   Wikipedia

  • Maid in Akihabara — めいどinあきはばら (Meido in Akihabara) Título Maid in Akihabara Género Comedia, cultura otaku, drama Reparto MAKO, Kentaro Nakakura, Takeshi Yoshioka País de origen Japón Duración 84 minutos …   Wikipedia Español

  • Maid (disambiguation) — A maid is a female employed in domestic service. Maid or MAID may also refer to: maiden, a virginal woman Massive array of idle disks, a data storage system This disambiguation page lists articles associated with the same title. If an …   Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.