The Ultimate Cleaning Checklist for Airbnb Hosts

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It’s obvious that after every guest has checked out, you’ll need to do some serious cleaning up to prepare for your next booking. What sometimes isn’t so obvious is how much you need to do to get ready for your houseguests.

Whether you hire a professional vacation rental cleaning crew or do it yourself, here’s a no-nonsense list of what you should be covering in your vacation rental turnover cleaning.

1. The Bathroom

The bathroom is a hairy place. (It’s gross; we know.) And you DEFINITELY don’t want it to stay that way!

Despite its annoyances, you should be scrubbing down the shower and bathtub between each check-out and check-in. Every. Single. Time. Don’t allow grime to build up in there or give water stains a place to hang out on glass doors. Your guests notice these things and even though it may technically be clean, it won’t look that way.

As for your cleaning tools, like toilet brushes, mops, buckets, disinfecting sprays and wipes: Try to keep those out of sight but available. Replace them at the first signs of wear, too. If the toilet brush or mop starts getting a rusty tinge, throw them out ASAP. (In fact, we recommend going for disposable options instead, like Clorox’s Toilet Wand system or a Swiffer WetJet, so you don’t have to worry about this at all.)

The main thing here is this: It should look completely spotless. It should sparkle. And don’t forget to stock up on toilet paper (the good kind)!

2. The Kitchen

Some guests don’t spend much time in the kitchen but that doesn’t mean it shouldn’t get a good go-over after every check-out.

If you’ve got a dishwasher, invest in dishwashing pods that are designed to leave dishes streak-free so there’s no residue left on clean dishes that make them look dirty. Be sure to sweep every corner and under the cabinets for runaway Cheerios and other debris. If you’ve got a sink food disposal, consider cleaning it thoroughly with baking soda and white vinegar once a month so it stays fresh and doesn’t build up any weird smells.

Countertops should be streak-free and spotless. Cabinet and cupboard doors should be wiped down every month or two to remove fingerprints and residual grease. The kitchen can be a big job so be sure every nook and cranny looks like it’s part of a model home.

3. The Bedroom

The bedrooms are arguably the easiest spaces to clean after guests check out – take a deep breath! However, the bed making is SUPER important because it sets the first impressions for the guest. Great looking bed = good opinion on your home = 5-star review!

The main point here is to change the linens and ensure the bed is made nicely. Fluff the pillows and turn down the sheets. Vacuum or sweep every exposed flooring area and do your best to get under the bed. Don’t let any dust bunnies hide down there!

Treat the bedroom as if it’s a hotel room (find cleaners who can do “hotel-standard” bed making). If it looks cozy enough to relax in, your job is done.

4. Common Spaces

Living rooms, dining areas, and any other common spaces, much like bedrooms, require a little less headache when it comes to turnover time.

Ensure the floor is swept well and that cushions and throw pillows are fluffed and well arranged. Check all light bulbs to see if they’re working properly and change them if they’re out or they flicker. Make sure you’ve dusted your furniture – keep in mind that you should give some attention to table and chair legs and lower shelves and openings, too. Just because it’s not at the very surface doesn’t mean it won’t collect dust!

So there you have it: A simple, yet solid list of how to effectively manage your Airbnb turnover cleanings. Heck, we’ll do you one better and give you a downloadable Airbnb cleaning ultimate checklist.

The more prepared you are and the better you plan ahead, the easier the task will be.


This article is courtesy of MaidThis! Cleaning. MaidThis! is a California-based cleaning service specializing in vacation rental cleaning. Maid service is available in the greater Los Angeles (Santa Monica, Etc), Orange County, and San Francisco areas.

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