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Vacation Rental Cleaning: A Complete Checklist

Vacation Rental Cleaning: A Complete Checklist
July 26, 2023

If you own a vacation rental property, you want to increase bookings to optimize your profits. Creating memorable, worry-free experiences is the best way to get high ratings and positive reviews that generate more bookings. 

A complete checklist on vacation rental cleaning

However, you can bet your bottom dollar that if guests arrive to find a filthy rental, you can quickly see your vacancy rates rise. In this article, we will provide a complete vacation rental cleaning checklist that professional deep cleaning services in Toronto highly recommend.

Tackle Bathrooms With a Vengeance

Bathrooms are germ-central, and most people approach bathrooms in hotels, inns, B&Bs, and rental accommodations with suspicion. You want your bathrooms to be sparkling clean, while also ensuring the germs people can’t see are removed. 

Bathrooms are also prone to issues like mould and mildew, which leave behind an unpleasant odour that is a real turn-off for guests. A thorough disinfecting clean of the bathroom is the best way to ensure vacationers feel comfortable using the facilities during their stay. 

Your bathroom checklist should include the following:

  • Scrub and disinfect the toilet, top to bottom, including the floors around and behind it
  • Make faucets and mirrors sparkle 
  • Scrub and disinfect the tub 
  • Use a jacuzzi tub cleaner based on the manufacturer’s recommendations 
  • Replenish toiletries
  • Launder towels  
  • Replace toilet paper rolls
  • Place a handwritten welcome note on the vanity

To make your bathrooms even more attractive, you should clean the shower curtain and bath mats between guests. Although this might seem like extra work, it makes a big difference in passing the sniff test!

Clean the Kitchen

The kitchen is the second most important room in the house when it comes to vacation rental cleaning. You need to use disinfecting cleaners that are kid and food-safe, and tackle the following:

  • Remove all signs of food from every surface
  • Get between the counter and stove
  • Check for things like gum under the kitchen table
  • Vacuum upholstered kitchen chairs and banquettes
  • Wipe the chairs down to remove anything sticky 
  • Vacuum the drawers
  • Wash any table linens provided 
  • Get under the table and chairs when sweeping, vacuuming, and mopping
  • Take special care disinfecting highchairs and booster seats using kid-safe cleaners 
  • Remove grime from hard-to-reach areas like ceiling fans and range hoods
  • Remove all food from the fridge and clean all the surfaces
  • Check cupboards and pantry for food
  • Clean the oven and stove top
  • Run all dishes and glasses in the dishwasher
  • Clean small appliances such as microwaves, kettles, coffee makers, etc.
  • Replenish your stock of freebies such as snacks, water, coffee/tea, sugar, salt, and pepper

Clean Every Bedroom

Sleeping in a bedroom used by others can also feel uncomfortable. You want the bed to be clean, welcoming, and smell fresh. The bedroom requires some special attention including the following:

  • Remove dirty sheets and vacuum the mattress
  • Replace the dirty sheets and linens with fresh, clean ones
  • Check between the mattress and bed springs to make sure everything is clean 
  • Move the bed away from the wall to ensure nothing has fallen behind the area
  • Dust all surfaces
  • Check for forgotten items in drawers and closets 
  • Disinfect the head and footboard
  • Clean under the bed  
  • Vacuum and/or mop floors
  • Wipe down frequently touched surfaces with a disinfectant cleaner

Clean All Common Areas

Every vacation unit is different, so you’ll need to use your discretion when cleaning the common areas of your rental. Some common cleaning tasks would include the following:

  • Find remotes, gaming equipment, etc., wipe them down, and place them where guests can easily see them
  • Ensure the HVAC system is working and set to a comfortable temperature
  • Clean all windows and doors
  • Clean all light switches and door knobs
  • Clean out the bar and bar fridge
  • Clean toys
  • Vacuum pool tables and pockets to remove crumbs and debris
  • Dust all surfaces
  • Clean all floors

Clean Outside Areas

Outdoor amenities should also be addressed, including the following:

  • Maintain the garden and lawn such as weeding, mowing, etc.
  • Clear away debris
  • Check storage bins for garbage and wildlife
  • Clean bird droppings from outdoor furniture
  • Clean the barbecue and make sure it has propane 
  • Refresh outdoor pillows with Febreze
  • Clean glass railings with window cleaner
  • Clean the pool 
  • Disinfect high-touch surfaces 
  • Make sure equipment is safe, such as the ladder and diving board for the pool, outdoor lighting, etc. 
  • Check and clean hot tubs, saunas, etc.
  • Sweep the area 
  • Check that equipment like bikes, kayaks, and so on are wiped down and safe for use
  • Disinfect the dining area 

Invest in Deep Cleaning Services

With a constant turnover of guests, each having their own views of what clean actually means, you want to invest time to make certain that the rental unit is deep cleaned. A deep clean is a heavy-duty cleaning that ensures your vacation rental is spotless. 

Also, you need a cleaning regime suited to the specifics offered at your vacation rental. If you don’t want to worry about keeping your unit clean, then work with deep cleaning services in Toronto to ensure your unit is always guest-friendly. 

Consider a Germ-Blasting Clean in Peak Cold and Flu Season

You really don’t know what goes on with guests using your vacation rental. As a result, the risk of spreading germs is high at the best of times. However, if you have an all-season vacation rental, it’s even more important to keep your unit clean when cold and flu season arrives.

A germ-blasting clean ensures every surface is cleaned to the highest standards so that you can feel confident no one will get sick due to anything they encountered at your rental. 

Although common household cleaners kill 99.99% of pathogens, a germ-blasting clean kills 99.999%. 

What difference do a few 9s make? A lot. The average surface has 10,000,000 pathogens. A 99.99% kill rate leaves behind 10,000 pathogens, while a 99.999% disinfectant kills all but 100. 

The process is safe and targets the types of germs that make people sick. Healthy vacationers are happy vacationers, and they’ll associate their stay with positive memories. However, if someone gets sick, their vacation is ruined, which means they are less likely to leave a positive review.

Contact the Cleaning Professionals

By using the above checklist, you’ll reduce the risk of guest complaints so you both can enjoy peace of mind during their stay.  

Reach out to the cleaning experts at Maid4Condos today to create a welcoming home away from home for your guests. For more information, you can call us at 647-822-0601 or contact us online.

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