As an Airbnb host, it’s your job to provide a clean and comfortable home-away-from-home for your guests while they travel. You want guests to have a pleasant stay, but you also want to earn positive reviews. It's essential that your property is in tip-top shape.
Cleaning your Airbnb can be a time-consuming task, especially if you have multiple properties or a high turnover rate. Here, you'll find a comprehensive Airbnb cleaning checklist and advice for streamlining the process.
Cleaning your Airbnb between each stay is one of the most important parts of hosting. Here are the basics of the cleaning checklist for Airbnb:
Now that you know the basics of your vacation rental cleaning checklist, here some important 'do’s' of cleaning your Airbnb:
The right supplies make it easier to complete your cleaning checklist. Airbnb asks that hosts keep supplies on hand such as:
Create a checklist of the cleaning supplies you need for each property and keep track of your inventory. This way, you can easily budget and track your costs and ensure you’re always stocked up.
Another way to make your cleaning process easier is to establish routine cleaning tasks. Some examples are:
Create a checklist of the routine cleaning tasks for your property and be sure it's followed every time.
One of the best ways to impress guests and earn positive reviews is by providing fresh linens and towels for new guests.
To ensure your linens and towels are fresh for every stay, they should be washed on the hottest heat setting with laundry detergents. Dry linens completely and avoid leaving them damp or wrinkled.
You should also replace your linens and towels every few months or when they show signs of wear. Keep extra sets on hand in case of emergencies.
When it comes to cleaning your Airbnb, there are also some mistakes to avoid. It's important that you don't:
If you have a patio, balcony, garden, or pool area within your property, don't neglect to clean and maintain it.
If you have outdoor furniture, the tables, chairs, cushions, and umbrellas should be frequently wiped with a damp cloth or a mild cleaner. Remove any dirt, dust, pollen, and bird droppings. Any removable cushion covers should be washed and dried.
Consider covering outdoor furniture with a tarp or a plastic sheet when not in use. This protects them from sun damage, rain, snow, and grime.
This means any space that is not visible to your guests but is still accessible. Examples include closets, drawers, cabinets, laundry baskets, under the bed, and behind the sofa.
Empty hidden spaces of unnecessary items, or organize your miscellaneous items with bins, baskets, and labels. If you do need a space with personal or valuable items, simply lock them and inform guests of off-limit areas.
Some Airbnb hosts may think they can get away with skipping dusting and vacuuming if spaces appear tidy. Yet, this is one of the most important steps of cleaning your property, and missing it can result in a bad review.
While floors and surfaces may look clean at first glance, discovering dust and dirt upon closer inspection is a turn-off for guests. For pet-friendly properties, it’s especially important to complete a thorough dusting and vacuuming job.
Make sure even seemingly out-of-sight spaces are cleaned, such as stove-top vents and window frames. Use a microfiber cloth or a duster to remove any dust or cobwebs from the furniture, shelves, lamps, and ceiling fan, and use a spray cleaner for sticky or greasy surfaces.
Self-cleaning your Airbnb can be stressful and time-consuming. That’s why many hosts opt for hiring a professional Airbnb cleaning service. Hiring a professional cleaner can also pay for itself by helping you list the right cleaning fee.
Professional cleaning services offer benefits like:
If you are looking for a reliable, affordable professional cleaning service for your vacation rental, meet TIDY. TIDY is a platform that connects hosts with vetted and experienced cleaners who specialize in vacation rental cleaning. TIDY provides you with an easy-to-use app that lets you book, manage, and monitor your cleaning services anytime and anywhere.
To learn more about TIDY and how it can help you with your vacation rental cleaning needs, get a free demo today.
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