Airbnb Cleaning Program and Services


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Hosting on Airbnb can be an extremely rewarding experience with a score of benefits.  You’re able to meet travelers from every corner of the world and act as the narrator of your city’s story, all while supplementing or replacing your income!

But being an Airbnb host is no walk in the park…and some days you might feel more like a professional maid than a guide for your neighborhood.  Of course, you want to offer a clean, hotel-like experience for your guests.  But unlike a hotel, you don’t have a full-time housekeeping staff ready to turn over your listing in between reservations.

Airbnb candidly notes that cleaning is one of the more challenging aspects of preparing your listing.

Amongst vetting inquiries, keeping your calendar up to-date, communicating with guests, providing access to your listing and ensuring your guests have a warm experience, cleaning can be the MOST fatiguing.

Take note…Cleaning as part of guest preparation is very important – Airbnb reports that listings with a 5-star cleanliness rating receive 20% more bookings than listings with a rating of 4 or below.

Airbnb Cleaning Plan

A solid Airbnb cleaning and guest preparation program should include the following:

Robust Cleaning

Your listing should be free of clutter, dirt and debris.  Make sure the floors in the bedrooms, bathrooms and common areas are vacuumed and mopped.  The bathroom should be sanitized with special attention paid to removal of hair from the sink, toilet, shower and floor.  Any opened food or beverages from prior guests should be removed from the fridge.

Fresh Linens

Guests will spend the majority of their stay in your listing sleeping, so it’s very important that they feel comfortable.  Preparation should include freshly washed sheets, pillowcases and towels.

Pro Tip:  Using white sheets and towels makes guests feel confident that they are sleeping in and using fresh, clean linens.

Ample Clothing Storage

Make sure your guests have room to unpack their suitcase and store their garments. This should include drawers for folded items and hanging space for more delicate items, like suits and dresses.

Personalized Extras

Going above and beyond to prepare for your guest can truly make their visit memorable.  Some hosts leave a special note, others a city tour guide; whatever you choose…make it personal.

Airbnb Cleaning Services

Hiring self-employed cleaners or a professional Airbnb cleaning service can not only reduce the fatigue caused by guest preparation, but it can also increase your cleanliness rating.

A higher rating leads to MORE bookings and revenue as a host.

Airbnb is currently running a cleaning experiment for select hosts in New York City, San Francisco, Los Angeles and London with help from Handy – a company experienced in connecting customers with fully-vetted, experienced cleaning professionals.

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Eligible hosts in this experiment can book cleaning through Handy directly in their Airbnb dashboard.

Do you have a listing in one of these cities but don’t see cleaning eligible in your Airbnb dashboard?
Don’t worry! Handy has made this service available to all hosts in these cities directly on their website…more info below.

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Handy is the nation’s largest on-demand home cleaning and home improvement company.  Founded in 2012, their goal is to be the easiest way to manage home services.  With 10,000 top-quality professionals, coverage in 25 US cities, a $5MM liability insurance policy and next-day availability, they’re able to offer a world-class experience for their customers.

Over the past year, they have performed tens of thousands of cleanings for Airbnb hosts…that’s a lot of cleaning.

Their tailored cleaning service includes linen rental and many remote access options so you’re not required to be present during service appointments.

These options include:

  • Free Lockbox – the least technical and most reliable solution
  • Key Courier Service –  a paid service used when a lockbox cannot be used given location or landlord rules
  • Integration with – best if keys are used for both guests and cleaners


We sat down with Kyle Gesuelli who leads the Handy Airbnb cleaning program.  He told us that hosts have found this service absolutely critical to their success on the Airbnb platform.

He noted that Handy currently works with many hosts who live in an entirely different city.  They use Handy’s access services along with their cleanings to manage guest preparation remotely.

The hosts who utilize Handy’s cleaning service have, on average, cut out 2 hours of work per week by eliminating coordination with their local cleaner and/or cleaning their listing themselves.


Get your first cleaning today!

lower your cleaning service feeReduced Airbnb Cleaning Fees

For a limited time, Handy is offering hosts their first 2-hour cleaning for only $29! Click this link to claim this special offer.

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