An Airbnb cleaning checklist comes in handy regardless of how hosts manage vacation rental cleaning. Whether you clean your properties on your own or use cleaning services, a detailed Airbnb cleaning checklist helps to ensure perfect cleanliness and attract more five-star reviews.
Considering that cleanliness is one of the biggest factors in guest satisfaction, it makes even more sense that hosts should rely on a cleaning checklist. You’ll need to stay on top of your cleaning tasks whether you’ve hired a cleaning service or you’ve opted for the more old-fashioned route and you’re doing all the surface and deep cleaning yourself.
We have done the “dirty work” for you to put together an ultimate Airbnb cleaning checklist. You are welcome to use it as a template and adjust it to the specifics of your properties. To simplify the process of working from a checklist even further, iGMS enables you to create detailed checklists for each integrated property and share them with your cleaner or cleaning team.
From general cleaning tasks to more specific jobs per room, find out what needs to be completed before your next guest can check-in.
The expectations of travelers are becoming higher. This means that if you want to continue to meet the needs of your guests, you will need to prioritize cleaning. In fact, according to research, more than 80% of travelers reported that they feel more at ease booking accommodation that they know follows the enhanced cleaning protocol introduced by Airbnb. This is also important if you own a very large or multi-unit property, where it’s sensible to invest in commercial waste receptacles and have a set cleaning plan in place.
Not only will a clean property help you to attract more bookings, but it also offers a number of other advantages. Here are a few of the main benefits that a cleaning checklist can offer to Airbnb hosts:
No cleaning task will be missed or a hidden corner of your house forgotten.
You can easily delegate the cleaning process by handing over your cleaning instructions to an outsourced cleaner or a professional cleaning team.
A detailed checklist ensures that cleaning is always carried out in a specific manner. You can check the quality of cleaning as per the points in your checklist.
It helps Airbnb hosts to save valuable time by removing any guesswork. In other words, you and your team will always know which task should be tackled next.
It helps to distribute the workload evenly within your cleaning team.
While it is crucial that you ensure that every inch of your property is sparkling clean, here are some general cleaning tasks that you or your cleaner must tackle every time before the next guest arrives:
From the exterior of your property to high-traffic areas like the kitchen, you need to have a cleaning strategy in place to tackle room by room. The kitchen and bathroom are particularly important. In addition to the general cleaning tasks, here are tasks per room to ensure you don’t miss a nook or cranny.
Living rooms are areas where guests spend most of their time while staying at your Airbnb. So, you’ll want to ensure that the area is inviting and creates a relaxing atmosphere. Here are the cleaning tasks to keep your living room tidy and spotless:
As the quality of your guests’ sleep will determine the quality of their stay, you’ll want to ensure that there are no nasty surprises. Here’s how to create the best sleeping environment:
Guests can be very critical of bathrooms. So, you’ll want to double-check that your bathroom is sparkling clean by completing the following tasks:
One of the advantages that short-term rentals offer over hotel accommodation is that they have a kitchen. You’ll want to use this feature to your advantage by ensuring that it meets all the cleaning standards. Plus, considering that this is where food gets prepared, it’s crucial that your kitchen is hygienic.
If you have a utility and laundry room that guests are welcome to use, you need to ensure that this space is guest-friendly and clean too. Here are what you’ll need to do:
Hosts often forget that the exterior of their property also needs regular attention. Plus, considering that this is what guests will see first, it’s even more important that you ensure that it’s properly maintained.
Unless you work with a professional cleaning company that usually provides its own supplies, you should stock up the necessary supplies for a thorough cleaning. While you will need multiple tools and supplies, it will make your cleaning tasks much more efficient when you have the right products at hand.
It is also important that you keep the most essential cleaning items inside your vacation rental if your guests need to clean a spill or perform a quick surface clean. However, just make sure that these are stored well out of reach of children.
Here are the essential cleaning supplies that you will need:
In addition to these room-by-room checklists, automation can also help you to make the Airbnb cleaning process even more straightforward. Whether it is to trade in your broom for a robotic vacuum or sign up for vacation rental software, many hosts put their faith in these tools to make their vacation rental cleaning more efficient.
Cleaning a property, even more so if it is used as a vacation rental, takes loads of time and energy. Luckily, introducing smart home devices in the cleaning process might be a smart move, especially if you clean your properties without the help of outsourced cleaners. Here are some of the smart home cleaning devices that are worthwhile investments:
If you have hired the services of a professional cleaning team or have your own cleaning crew in place, vacation rental software like iGMS can help to streamline the process by:
In addition to simplifying the cleaning routine, iGMS comes in handy to improve other operations such as:
A cleaning fee can also help Airbnb hosts to simplify the cleaning process further. By adding a cleaning fee to your listings, you will be able to hire a cleaning service or a subcontractor and save time and money on cleaning. What’s more, it will offer you and your property more protection.
While hosts have the freedom to set their own cleaning fees, the average cleaning fee on Airbnb can range anything from $65 to $105 per booking (or in some cases, less than 10% of the total reservation cost).
Factors like your location and property size will impact how much you should charge for a cleaning fee. If you will be using the services of a company, you will also need to consider the average hourly rate and then charge slightly more to cover unexpected costs.
While the cleanliness of your vacation rental was always a top priority, the COVID-19 pandemic placed it in a whole new spotlight. If you have not created an ultimate Airbnb cleaning checklist yet, it should be at the top of your current to-dos.
Then, by adding vacation rental software and even a robotic tool or two, you will be able not only to streamline your cleaning but also improve it. In fact, you will most likely find that it saves you valuable time that you can devote to other more business-scaling tasks such as marketing.
About the Author
Olga Vasylieva is the Content and Social Media Team Lead at iGMS. Olga is on a mission to help hosts and property managers grow their businesses and deliver an excellent guest experience. She is a travel enthusiast and is inspired by life in all its aspects.
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