September 2, 2016

5 Tips for a Speedy Rental Property or Airbnb Cleaning

There’s nothing like the feeling of a completely clean home, even if it’s a temporary home. This comfort is one of the most important things you can provide your guests, and it’s fairly easy to do. You simply need to clean your Airbnb efficiently!

Your vacation rental listing will play an important role in establishing your guests’ expectations. If your rental listing sets guests’ expectations too high, be prepared to deliver… and then some. On the other hand, if your listing lacks any mention of your cleaning processes or details regarding particular ways you handle things, make sure you add a line or two to let guests know that you take pride in your property.

Plan on handing over a sparkling rental but only have a short amount of time to execute? Think again. Cleaning takes some serious planning!

So how can you turn your novice cleaning skills into a professional and practical strategy?

Here are 5 tips to maximize efficiency during your Airbnb or vacation rental cleaning process.

1. List it out with a to-do list.

You can never go wrong in making a to-do list. It’s a fail-proof way to get all the “stuff” in your head onto paper before you forget it.

When it comes to cleaning your home, a checklist may be the only answer you need.

Consider organizing your list by chores that need to be done after every rental, ones that only need to be completed once a month or so (such as re-stocking firewood, toilet paper, etc.), and others that may not need to be done as regularly.

You can also use a comprehensive checklist to list specific information or requests for your guests, such as throwing used towels into a basket or taking out the trash. Asking your guests for help could save you a lot of time in the long run.

For example, a guest checkout list might include:

  • Return any furniture that may have been moved to its original position.
  • Leave used towels and sheets in the bathtub (or another preferred location).
  • Remove trash from any garbage cans. (Be sure to specify where they should leave it!)
  • Wipe countertops and wash or put away any dirty dishes.
  • Remove any opened and perishable food from the fridge or cupboards.
  • Turn off the lights.
  • Close the windows, and lock the doors.

Providing this list for guests at the start of their stay will guarantee a swift, smooth exit and in turn, will start your cleaning process on a positive foot.

Jotting down tasks in an organized manner is a bit of an obsession for some folks; others can easily do without them. If you are not a list maker, never fear. Simply search for a pre-made checklist on the Internet, and make it your new go-to.

2. Establish a cleaning routine.

Establishing a routine for the post-guest process is the most effective way to keep things organized.

Similar to a checklist, a routine is good for those who prefer to dive right into things and forego any planning. This is fine, as it truly does work. Once you perform a series of tasks repeatedly, you are likely to settle into a routine—intentionally or not.

If you are in this boat, however, be sure to keep checking your work for forgotten dust balls or lurking crumbs. No one is perfect, and even the list makers will need to double down!

After every group of guests comes through, be sure to assess your property to make sure there aren’t any major issues lingering from the previous renters. Give each room a quick once-over, and make mental notes of the cleanliness.

Depending on what works best for you, you can also try grouping similar tasks together. For example: Round one: bathrooms. Round two: bedrooms. And so on.

3. When in doubt, Google it.

Google has all the answers, right? Maybe not, but it certainly has a great deal of information.

Doing some research ahead of time can never hurt, and it can even bring new tactics to light throughout your rental career.

You’re sure to come across some helpful “how to’s” or other gems to keep in your arsenal of hosting knowledge.

4. Skip the elbow grease, and go pro.

Most rental owners chose to hire professional cleaners or property managers to help with turnover. In this case, it’s also beneficial to write up a quick checklist for them to have. Most cleaners will perform the same routine with each visit, but if there’s a certain issue that needs to be taken care of, be sure to mention it explicitly.

For those who choose to clean their own properties, check out HomeAway’s helpful list of things to remember.

5. Pick it up.

If you do choose to hire professional cleaners and are typically on a tight schedule, help them out!

Professional cleaners come to clean counters, furniture, and floors. If these surfaces are covered in papers, toys, dishes, and clutter, they can’t do the job as well or as quickly. By going through your rental property immediately after guests leave to “clean for the cleaners,” you can help the job get done faster.

By making sure guests (and those involved in turnover) are aware of the cleaning processes at hand, you’ll make it easier to stay efficient.

All in all, there is no big secret to methodical cleaning. If you plan ahead and know the quirks and needs of your property, you have the keys to success. Whether you choose to clean your home on your own or hire professionals, a solid plan of action is all you need.

This article is courtesy of MaidThis! Cleaning. MaidThis! is a California-based cleaning service specializing in vacation rental turnover cleaning. They currently serve the greater LA and San Francisco areas.

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