So now that you have a carpet cleaning appointment set up, you just need to declutter your house, vacuum the carpets, and secure your pets. But there’s still one last thing you need to consider before the technicians show up – do you tip carpet cleaners?
There’s no question that carpet cleaners work hard to provide a service that many of us seldom want to do for ourselves, but it’s not always clear if you should give them a tip.
While this is a straightforward question, there isn’t really a definitive answer.
In the United States, tipping is commonplace in the food service or hospitality industries, but not everyone is familiar with tipping for home services like carpet cleaning.
Generally, tipping is not a requirement nor is it expected among most carpet cleaning services, but you might want to consider tipping when the performance exceeds your expectations – assuming the company allows the technicians to accept tips.
And if you plan to use their services again in the future, tipping can help you establish your relationship and might result in even better service next time.
After all, cleaning carpets is hard work, and if you know the job is particularly difficult, or the technician goes above and beyond to meet your needs, then offering a tip to show your appreciation is always welcome.
How Much Should You Tip?
If you have decided to tip your carpet cleaner, you should consider the cost of the job, your available budget, and the quality of the job.
Since tips aren’t expected, the amount you want to pay is up to you. In many cases, however, a general rate for tipping ranges from 10 to 20 percent of the total cost of the job.
If the job is very expensive and you don’t have that much cash on hand, $5 to $10 per technician is a generally acceptable rate, too.
Remember that most carpet cleaners are appreciative of words of gratitude, positive reviews, and referrals, even if you don’t have extra cash to spare.
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