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The Ultimate Step-By-Step Cleaning Guide

June 22, 2020

Imagine your guests have just checked out from your vacation rental property. Now, you only have two hours before your next guests arrive. With the right strategy, this scenario should be stress-free. Let’s get to work! Step One: Accumulate Laundry Strip the beds, get the bath towels, and get everything into the washer. They can […]

Imagine your guests have just checked out from your vacation rental property. Now, you only have two hours before your next guests arrive. With the right strategy, this scenario should be stress-free. Let’s get to work!

Step One: Accumulate Laundry

Strip the beds, get the bath towels, and get everything into the washer. They can be washing while you clean (The first time you do this you will have to time the wash so that you know when to switch it into the dryer).

Step Two: Prepare a Basket

Before you continue your cleaning process, make a cleaning basket filled with cleaning supplies. Take a tip from professional hotel maids who travel around the hotel with a cart. Amazon Subscribe & Save can help save you money on supplies.

In your basket will be everything you need to clean a room.  No more wasted trips back to the cleaning closet.  I recommend the following items for all of your Airbnb cleaning service needs:

  • Swiffer duster handle and clean Swiffer dusters
  • Swiffer floor dusters
  • A good pair of cleaning gloves
  • Mr. Clean Magic Erasers
  • Roll of paper towels
  • Toilet bowl cleaner
  • Empty plastic bag for collecting trash
  • Mop and Glo 1 step floor cleaner
  • Wet mop (store in the kitchen)
  • Swiffer mop (carry along with basket)

Step Three: Bedroom Lap

You are going to start with a bedroom and stay in that bedroom until it is done.  Stand in the doorway. Turn to the left.  Walk to the first thing that needs to be dusted – surfaces, lamp, knick-knacks, wall art, headboard, etc.

Keep going around the room dusting till you arrive at the door again.  Now get your glass cleaner and paper towels and clean mirrors.  Now clean the floor with your floor duster and mop. Empty the trash into your plastic bag.

Repeat process for the second bedroom.

Step Four: Kitchen Duty

Go to the kitchen. (Are your sheets and towels ready for the dryer yet?) Go in a circle around the room just like the other rooms, dusting all around. Hand wash any leftover dirty dishes and put them away.

Get out a clean magic eraser.  Clean sink and countertop.  Clean refrigerator inside and outside with the magic eraser. Wipe down the cabinets with a damp paper towel.

Clean the floor with a wet mop and Mop and Glow 1-step.

Step Five: Living Room & Rugs

Go to the living room.  Go in a circle around the room dusting everything. Fluff pillows.  Vacuum floor if there is a rug.  Also, if there are rugs in the other rooms you will need to vacuum them now.

Step Six: Bathroom Time

Time to head to the bathroom. Grab your Mr. Clean magic eraser.  Clean the tub and the shower stall with the eraser.  Rinse.  Clean the sink and rinse. Don’t forget to clean the mirror to ensure that it is free of stains or streaks.

Dust any wall art or knick-knacks. Clean toilet. Clean outside of the toilet with a magic eraser and then throw it away. Empty trash. Wash the floor with a wet mop.

Step Seven: Replace Linens & Relax

Laundry should be done!  Don’t waste time folding.  Immediately put the sheets on the beds and put out the clean towels.  Replenish your supplies basket.

You’ve finished! Use this step-by-step cleaning guide during any of your Airbnb cleaning processes for smoother turnovers and a streamlined vacation rental experience.

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By Louise Eggen