Part-time Maid vs Full-Time Maid: Which Option is Right For You?

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If you’re trying to decide whether to hire a part-time or full-time maid, here’s what you should consider to determine the best fit for your home cleaning needs.

In Singapore, it can certainly be hard trying to find the time to keep your home clean while also juggling the demands of a career and family. Need assistance in cleaning your home so you can claim back your time? Here, we’ll help you explore the differences between hiring a part-time maid or full-time maid so you can decide which option best aligns with your specific needs and lifestyle.

1. Hours and availability

Obviously, one of the main differences between part-time and full-time maids is their availability. If you hire a part-time maid from a home cleaning service provider, the cleaner would come to clean your home once or twice a week. You have the flexibility to schedule a cleaning session regularly or as and when you need it. On the other hand, full-time maids are live-in and are available for a large chunk of the day to provide more consistent help.

2. Scope of work

The scope of work varies between part-time and full-time maids. Part-time cleaners usually focus on specific tasks given their set hours during a cleaning session. Their work will usually involve essentials such as changing of bedsheets, vacuuming, mopping, bathroom cleaning, kitchen cleaning and surface cleaning, amongst others. You’ll probably also need to schedule a separate cleaning session for deep cleaning needs such as spring cleaning or for other tasks such as carpet cleaning or sofa cleaning.

On the other hand, a full-time maid can provide services that are more than just cleaning. They can also help to take care of your children or aged parents and also prepare meals. With a wider number of hours, they can cover a wider range of tasks.

3. Cost

Cost is of course an important factor when trying to decide between a part-time or full-time maid. Part-time maids are usually paid per cleaning session (usually by the hour). This makes them a more affordable option for those on a budget.

The cost of full-time maids are typically higher as it is considered a full-time employment. You would naturally have to contend with an increase in your food and utility expenses as an additional person will be living in your household. In addition, you have to pay for their insurance and purchase their air tickets when they back to their home country for home leave.

4. Frequency

Part-time maids come to your home on scheduled days, making this a suitable option for those only looking for assistance with specific cleaning tasks or who only prefer ad-hoc or flexible cleaning.

On the flip side, full-time maids are there daily to provide consistent support. You’d be assured of a consistent level of cleanliness in your home. This suits those with busy careers and families.

5. Privacy

Part-time cleaners only frequent your home during specific hours and a set number of times each month. With the limited interaction, this allows you to enjoy your personal time privately.

With full-time maids, they would be present in your home for most of the time. So, you’d have to be comfortable with that and ensure that there is clear communication to maintain boundaries and respect personal space.


Deciding between a part-time and full-time maid depends on various factors. Whichever option you decide on, it will certainly help to lighten your cleaning responsibilities. If you’ve decided that a part-time solution is more suitable for you, contact us to book a cleaning session.

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