Stay on Top of Your Vacation Rental with an Airbnb Cleaning Checklist

A printable version of our checklist helps you stay organized and complete tasks quickly.

Having a vacation rental can be a nice source of income but impressing guests is imperative. While most people are attracted to a home’s features or location, cleanliness is what earns you positive reviews. Sometimes, when there are back-to-back bookings, it’s easy to overlook the small details others may judge.

As a host, it’s your responsibility to take inventory of keeping spaces tidy and functional for each guest. While some hosts would rather outsource this job to a house cleaning service, you also have the option of doing it yourself. Instead of relying on cleaning supplies you already have at your main residence, it’s best to have a separate cleaning kit. This ensures you’ll have the supplies necessary to complete each necessary task at your vacation rental thoroughly.

Creating the Cleaning Kit that Helps Your Progress Faster

Cleaning Supplies

You may want to invest in a heavy-duty bucket that’s large enough to transport your items easily. Also, you might prefer a specific brand of cleaning products, this list covers the essentials. Here are the top 20 house cleaning items you should make part of your vacation rental cleaning checklist:

  • Broom with dust pan
  • Degreaser
  • Dishwashing soap
  • Disinfectant
  • Multipurpose spray
  • Foaming shower cleaner
  • Glass cleaner
  • Microfiber cloths
  • Mop
  • Multipurpose cleaning spray
  • Non-chlorine bleach or alternative like OxyClean
  • Paper towels
  • Scrub brush or pads
  • Sponge
  • Toilet Brush
  • Vacuum
  • Wood polish

Please note that disinfectant products are most effective when kept in original packaging.

Executing Your Airbnb Cleaning Checklist

Once you have the needed supplies and equipment in place, the best approach is methodical. Start by choosing a room, any room, to begin the process. This can be either the largest room in your home or the one that’s the most challenging to clean.

If the chosen room has a window, open it to release stale air and dust. You can do a quick assessment of problem areas, like stubborn stains. Stain removal products usually require a few minutes to penetrate after application, so you can begin this optional step to save time.

Some people like to multitask, and appliances can save time by allowing you to tend to other parts of the house. These may include:

  • Cleaning the coffee pot
  • Using the dishwasher
  • Machine-washing towels and other items that require the hot water cycle
  • Soaking water fixtures that have lime buildup
  • Cleaning the dishwasher or washing machine using a sanitizer or other cleaning product

By this time, your chosen room should have aired out, and you can begin cleaning. If you have stained items being treated, you should check on those to make sure the desired results are met. If not, see if a second application can be done, as some products can cause damage when left on too long. It’s best to save this until after the rest of your cleaning is complete.

While your Airbnb cleaning checklist pdf is convenient for viewing on a device, here’s a summarized task list for each room:

Bathrooms

Cleaning bathroom
  • Wipe down cabinets, corners, light fixtures, and walls.
  • Disinfect – doorknobs, faucet handles, and toilet seat.
  • Clean shower stall, sink toilet bowl – including tank and base.
  • Clean or replace the soap dish.
  • Wipe decorative or functional (like bathroom spray) items, as well as mirrors.
  • Mop or sweep floors.

Optional: Launder or shake bathroom rugs, including anti-slip rugs used in showers.

Bedrooms

Vacuuming
  • Dust and polish furniture.
  • Wipe down walls, along with hanging and standalone decorative items.
  • Change and replace sheets and cover.
  • Clean light fixtures, mirrors, and windows. Launder or shake area rugs.
  • Sweep floors or vacuum carpets.
  • Disinfect door handles, light switches, and remote controls.

Optional: Add an organizer where replaceable items, like toilet paper, can be stocked and easily seen.

Entryways

Cleaning Entryway
  • Wipe down all furniture, hanging pictures, and standalone decorative items.
  • Remove and clean carpet protectors or rugs.
  • Clean baseboards, ceiling corners, and light fixtures.
  • Mop floors or vacuum carpets.
  • Disinfect all common areas – including inside and outside door handles, light switches, and remote controls.

Optional: If your home doesn’t have a coat closet or service porch, designate a space to place a coat rack stand with a small mat for dirty shoes.

Kitchen

Cleaning Kitchen
  • Clean corner floors and the area around the oven.
  • Mop floors and fix any cracks, if possible.
  • Clean out the refrigerator by wiping down all shelves along the door and inside.
  • Wipe any objects – decorative or functional – of any dirt and grime.
  • Use a degreaser to clean walls around the oven or areas where there’s open cooking.
  • Wipe down counters and cabinets.
  • Make sure the closet or pantry has no objects that can fall upon opening, like a broom.

Optional: Many oven-cleaning formulas make this job easier by either eliminating fumes or making them less caustic. Most people prefer oven cleaners that don’t require oven preheating and can sit overnight for best results.

Living Room

Cleaning Living Room
  • Use a deep carpet cleaner for areas with high foot traffic.
  • Dust all shelves and cabinets, as well as any bric-a-brac inside or on top.
  • Wipe all mirrors.
  • Walls, and furniture containing glass.
  • Polish all wood furnishings and use furniture touch-up markers to fix imperfections, if needed.
  • Clean the inside and outside of all soft furniture.

Optional: Special pieces like artwork, weapons, or anything of sentimental value should be kept away from rental. Sometimes things happen and immediate replacement isn’t always possible.

Outdoors

  • Sanitize all common objects like outside door knobs and handles.
  • Clean outdoor patios by sweeping away cobwebs and dirt. Trim bushes, grass, and plants.
  • Wash outside windows and walls.
  • Fill gopher holes using a repellant that keeps them away.
  • Alert guests if you have an immovable sprinkler system.

Optional: if guests have access to a guest house, clean this the same way you’d clean the rest of the rental.

As you finish each room, make emptying waste baskets the final task so you can start with a clean surface. If guests are staying more than a couple of days, 1-2 fresh liners should be inserted inside each wastebasket. This helps your guests do their share of cleanliness during their stay.

Call Us to Help with Your Airbnb Checklist

If you’ve read everything and realize you’d rather spend your spare time relaxing, MaidThis has you covered. We specialize in one-time and turnover vacation rental cleaning for homes up to 2500 square feet. Our online scheduling system connects you with one of our carefully screened house cleaners. We offer a discount on our professional cleaning services if your vacation rental is booked regularly, and you want some help.

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