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What Guests Want From Vacation Rental Cleaning Services

July 20, 2020

It can be tricky for vacation rental cleaning services to finish all of the cleaning that needs to be done between guests, especially with a limited amount of time. Beyond the new cleaning measures for COVID-19, there are so many little things around the house to look for. You may already be used to these […]

It can be tricky for vacation rental cleaning services to finish all of the cleaning that needs to be done between guests, especially with a limited amount of time.

Beyond the new cleaning measures for COVID-19, there are so many little things around the house to look for. You may already be used to these things, but they are immediate eyesores to new arrivals. Your guests’ first impression is important, so make it count!

Smell

The place has got to smell neutral.  Nothing turns off a guest quicker than going into a house and picking up a musty odor, or the smell of smoke, or a heavy room deodorizer. I have found Febreze products to be the best.

Febreze has specialized products for carpets, for fabrics, and for air.  It’s always a great idea to spray the sofa lightly between guests, besides doing the carpet and air.

Also, sometimes when you have no guests lined up for a few days, leave the house closed up. Then go back after a couple of days. What do you smell? Nothing? Perfect!

Hairs & Lints

After odors, the sight of a hair anywhere turns people off. Just a quick walk around when you finish cleaning is worth it. Turn on the lights, look around. All vacation rental cleaners know that removing any excess hair is crucial.

Use a flashlight. See any lint on the floor? A piece of lint on the bed cover?  A hair on a sheet? Or, worst of all, a hair in the bathroom. Make sure the tub has no hair; likewise with the sink drain area, and the toilet.

Clean hardwood floor. Photo by Francesca Tosolini on Unsplash,

Hardwood Floors Cleanliness

This one is easy to sympathize with. Who wants to go into the kitchen and step on something gritty? Be super careful about sweeping up sand if your rental is near the beach.

Also, remember that your guests might drop something on the floor and accidentally look under the bed – don’t let them see dust bunnies! They also don’t want to see footprints on any hardwood floors. That’s a sure sign you haven’t run a dust mop over the floor.

Bathroom, Bathroom, Bathroom

This room has got to be pristine. Guests want to feel like it is a brand new bathroom that no one has ever used before. When a gentleman flips up the toilet seat, he better not see anything. The entire toilet needs to sparkle, including that small space where the toilet lid screws into the toilet.

Remember about the hairs above? Make sure the drains are clean and functioning properly. The bathtub also needs to sparkle. Make sure your vacation rental cleaning service is properly equipped with the solutions to make the bathroom shine.

Clean bathroom. Photo by Sidekix Media on Unsplash.

Dust & Fingerprints

Be sure you don’t see any fingerprints on the blinds. Make sure you have dusted the baseboards and window sills. Lie down on the bed and just look around.  Does anything look dusty? Check the bathroom again. Any dust? Fingerprints on the mirror?

If you’ve gone down this list, you should see very few complaints and lots of 5-star ratings. Keep up the good work!

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By Louise Eggen