A dirty house is often the top reason for a negative review on Airbnb. Guests care about cleanliness a lot, so before you hand over the keys to a guest, ensure that you thoroughly clean the space. Any mess could earn you a bad review causing your ratings to plummet. Airbnb cleaning is no easy task, so here are a few tips to get you started.
Ventilate rooms before and while you clean
When cleaning your Airbnb, the first thing you should do is open all windows and doors to remove odours left behind by previous guests. You could also install ventilating fans to increase air circulation. This will help kill microbes and keep good air quality.
Dusty surfaces make it seem like you skimmed through the cleaning process. Dust can accumulate everywhere, so ensure that you clean every nook and cranny you can reach. Use a top-down cleaning approach, starting from the walls, furniture, and finishing on the floor. Feather dusters spread from one surface to another, so use a damp microfiber cloth instead. A vacuum will also help you get the dust off your furniture as well as the floors.
Take out the trash
This may seem obvious, but you’ll be surprised by how many hosts forget to take out the trash when cleaning. Remove the trash from the kitchen, bathrooms and anywhere else where there’s a bin. Remember to also deodorise the bins to get rid of any unpleasant smells. Sprinkling half a cup of baking soda at the bottom of the bin will absorb any odours.
Clean the kitchen
The kitchen is a common source of cleanliness issues for Airbnb hosts. So, how do you keep your kitchen clean and fresh at all times?
• Throw away any leftovers in the fridge and clean it. Leave a few tea bags or baking soda in the fridge to keep it smelling fresh.
• Use vinegar to descale the sink and get rid of watermarks.
• Steam clean the inside of your microwave and oven. Water mixed with vinegar or lemon should get the job done.
• Wipe down the countertops
Don’t forget the bathrooms
Bathrooms are particularly sensitive for guests. No one wants to shower in a dirty space, so the bathroom needs to be thoroughly cleaned between each guest. Use a bathroom cleaner and a razor blade to clean the clear glass door. If you have shower curtains, make sure that you clean both the curtain and liner to avoid scum build-up. Also, remember to descale the faucets and showerhead using a water and vinegar mixture.
Get rid of hair
Hair can be a nightmare when cleaning. However, stray hair in the bathroom or bedroom can cause guests to leave a negative review. Vacuum the carpets and then use a lint roller on the bed to get any remaining hairs. Do not forget to remove hairs in the drain when cleaning the bathroom.
Keep clean linen
You must change all linen and towels after a guest checks out. If you can, get an extra set of sheets for your Airbnb to avoid rushing the laundry between check-ins. When it comes to the towels, forego white for a darker colour such as black or navy. These are much easier to clean since they are less likely to get stains.
Mop the floors
Leaving your mop outside for too long may cause it to collect dust and grime. So, before cleaning your floors, put in the washing machine for a quick wash.
Cleanliness is paramount to customer satisfaction when running an Airbnb. If you need help keeping your Airbnb clean at all times, contact Clean All crew today. We offer housekeeping and domestic cleaning services all over London.