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Checklist for cleaning your vacation rental during the peak season

Keeping your vacation rental clean differs from cleaning your home in several important ways.

Keeping your vacation rental clean differs from cleaning your home in several important ways. You are cleaning for paying clients, who don’t like the idea of strangers having slept in their beds or eaten from their plates and this can be a challenging task to pull off.


Cleanliness is a real challenge in the world of short-term vacation rentals, for travelers and hosts alike. A dirty house can ruin a traveler’s stay from the outset. But for vacation rental owners and managers, their business reputation is at stake.

To make sure you don’t forget anything, vacation rental owners and managers should always develop an action plan before embarking on a major spring cleaning. Whether you do the work yourself or hire a team of professionals, it’s important to know how each task should be done.

The cleanliness of your seasonal rental contributes to the quality of your welcome and the experience you offer to travelers. This guide comes with a handy checklist that you can use during your next spring cleaning.


There is a big difference between a cozy, lively, and inhabited home and a dirty and untidy home. And believe us, travelers know the difference!

Some places are easily overlooked by landlords when cleaning their vacation rentals. Switches, door handles and furniture handles can quickly get dirty; so make sure you don’t neglect them when you clean up after your guests leave.

1. Exterior

It’s important to make a good impression on your guests with the exterior of your property and to show them what they can expect inside.

Keep your garden furniture in good condition by removing dead leaves and branches from outdoor areas, trimming bushes, and mowing the lawn regularly.

2. Kitchen

The possibility of a fully equipped kitchen is one of the main reasons why travelers choose vacation rentals over hotels. So it would be a shame if they opened the oven to find a thick layer of grime and a nauseating smell…!

In the kitchen, be sure to clean both interiors and exteriors. So clean your appliances, your drawers, and your cupboards inside and out, and make your counter shine. Make sure dry foods, cans, oils, and spices are not expired and provide enough tea towels, towels, sponges, and household products.

3. Bathrooms

If you provide bath towels to your guests, they must be in excellent condition. Ditto for other bathroom items like the shower curtain or the bath mat.

Inventory of furnished seasonal rentals: free model

Mold can set in quickly in bathrooms due to humidity. Regularly examine tiles, joints, and potential problem areas to identify any moisture problems, and re-joint if necessary.

4. Rooms

It is in the bedroom that your guests relax after a long day of vacation. Therefore, it is one of the most important rooms in your house. Sleeping well is essential to enjoying a good stay, and a good, clean bed (mattress, pillows, and cushions included) is essential.

Invest in a quality mattress and sheets if you want them to last you a good while. Make sure you have at least two sets for each bed and inspect them regularly for stains or tears.

Why Hiring Outsourced Professional Cleaners Is A Good Idea?

Having professional cleaners on hand not only saves you time and keeps your guests happy, but it can also save you money. A seasoned vacation property cleaner is familiar with any damages or missing items, and can report a problem promptly.

Independent cleaners may be the cheapest option for most landlords, but it’s not always the best. A low vacation rental cleaning price may come with hidden costs. Both slow turnovers and sub-par cleaning can lead to complaints about your rental property.

When you work with an established cleaning company, you usually receive faster service, at a time that suits your schedule, and the company is insured and bonded if anything goes wrong.



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