The first step is to open the windows; this will help stale odors escape. Using proper ventilation will kill microbes and improve air quality. Did you know, that air is more polluted inside than outside? Yikes! (For more info, please check out 5 Covid-19 Cleaning Tips for Airbnb Hosts.)
2. Hunt for dust
Dust can be everywhere. Make sure to clean every nook and cranny. Employing a ‘top-down’ approach — starting from the highest corner and finishing on the floor — will eliminate most dust.
3. Remove all trash
This might seem obvious but you might be surprised that many hosts forget to take out the trash. Remove from the kitchen, bathroom, and everywhere there is a bin, disinfecting with Lysol to remove odors. Remember to have spare trash bags for guests during their stay.
4. Clean the kitchen
Cleaning the kitchen is a must, but often hosts forget to check inside the fridge. Always remember to clean it and throw old food away. No one wants to look inside and discover a week-old salad! An easy method to get a nice-smelling refrigerator is to place tea bags inside to absorb odor; baking soda or charcoal also does the trick. Don’t forget to clean other kitchen appliances such as microwave, toaster, and coffee machine.
5. Always clean bathrooms
The cleanliness of the bathroom is one of the biggest factors in a positive guest review on Airbnb. Remove stubborn soap scum with vinegar and a sponge. Don’t forget to pay special attention to mirrors where you can easily find toothpaste marks and smudges — to clean, rub with half a lemon and wipe with a cloth.
6. Remove hair everywhere
A nightmare for all cleaners: hair! Check corners of bathrooms and other spaces. You might not see them at first, but once a guest spots a stray hair, expect a drop in your rating. In the bathroom, clear out hairs in the drain (it will help your plumbing, too). In the bedroom, vacuum properly.
7. Keep linen clean
Of course, you should change all linen and towels every time you have a new guest. To avoid rushing laundry between check-ins, buy an extra set of sheets. Ever wonder why hotels always put white sheets on the bed? It’s because cleaning is a breeze (with a generous amount of bleach) and white never goes out of style.
In order to make sure you’re using a mop that isn’t simply spreading bacteria and dirt, wash it regularly. It’s easy enough — just put the mop head in the washing machine.
9. Clean the drains
Baking soda mixed with vinegar is one way to effectively and quickly wash away all clogs and dirt.
10. Wipe watermarks and fingerprints from metallic surfaces
If you have metallic surfaces, mirrors, or glass, make sure to clean them regularly. You can use soap and water or glass cleaner spray and wipe with a newspaper, which will result in a nice shine.
If you follow these steps cleaning your Airbnb, you’ll be rewarded with positive reviews and more bookings. Pressed for time? Why not try our Airbnb cleaning service that’s affordable, easy, and very convenient? Book now.