How Did the Word “Maid” Come About?

MTFY MaidHave you ever wondered how words come to have certain meanings?  “Maid” is a shortened version of the word “maiden” which means a young, unmarried woman.  Because these young unmarried women were usually employed in the homes of the wealthy and noble, “maid” also began to describe a person in the service industry such as a chambermaid, scullery maid, or a milk maid.  These “maids” attended to the needs of their masters by assisting with household chores or waiting and attending on ladies.  Today, we think of maids as people who clean homes for a living or work in the cleaning industry at a hotel or other place of business.  But what does maid service entail?

Thankfully, working conditions and wages have improved significantly since the 14th century.  Companies like Merry Maids and Molly Maids have made the word synonymous with cheerful people who are happy to help in the home.  Maid services usually include:

  • Thorough dusting of fixtures and surfaces
  • Vacuuming and mopping floors
  • Cleaning bathrooms and Kitchens
  • Some include laundry service

While these may not sound fulfilling or inviting, professional maids take pride in their work and provide a valuable service to their clients.  Many people are too busy to spend their time thoroughly cleaning their homes.  Because of this, they may live in clutter and unhealthy, dusty, homes.  Or they may spend their spare time cleaning instead of spending time with their family or resting after a long day of work.

Today, “maid” means someone who helps families and individuals get back to what is important.  Having a maid at home can improve the quality of your life and reduce your stress level.  More Time for You offers maid services to fulfill your home needs and give you peace of mind.  Consider hiring them to make your life a little easier.

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