Having a clean home ‒ whether it is a house and lot, an apartment, or a condo ‒ is crucial. Moreso if you are managing spaces for a vacation rental or Airbnb listing. That’s because a clean vacation unit tantamount to your guest’s comfortable stay.
You do not want anyone to come into your condo and see a huge mess, do you? That said, here are some vital housekeeping tips to make your Airbnb listing spic and span:
Lint roller is your new best friend
Not all types of dirt can be cleaned by sweeping the floor and turning the vacuum on. Surprisingly, you can also use your lint remover to clean a lot of things in your Airbnb unit aside from your sheets.
Someone had a party in your space? You can use a lint remover to take the glitters and confetti away. Your lint roller is also useful in collecting dust and dirt on your lampshade, the crevices of your drawer, your carpet and furniture, drapes, and more.
In fact, you can use it to clean hard-to-reach areas in your house, especially if (1) you cannot throw the item in the washing machine, (2) you do not have the right vacuum attachment, or (3) washing the item by hand can be time-consuming.
So whether you own the unit or you have an Airbnb turnaround service, make sure that you have a lint roller on hand. It is a great tool not just for making sure that your clothes are spotless. It is also useful for picking up hair, dust, and fibers that you might have missed.
Keep your rental smelling fresh
Aside from making your vacation rental look good, it is also important that it smells good. Sure, it is not always because you have a messy unit. But a house that smells foul is enough to make it look unappealing.
Here are some quick tips to make your Airbnb listing smelling fresh:
- Use wardrobe deodorizer in your bedroom and closet
- Use a toilet spray in the bathroom
- Wash your mattress, beddings, towels, and rags regularly
- Use baking soda to get rid of the “fried fish” smell in your kitchen
- Light some scented candles
With just a little bit of research on Google, you can find ways on how to make your rental unit smelling fresh without spending a single centavo on air freshener.
Maintain a clean bathroom always
The cleanliness of your bathroom is important not just to impress your guest. It is crucial for hygienic, sanitary, and health reasons. After all, your bathroom is rife with germs.
In fact, the bathroom surface alone has 452 bacteria per square inch. So, everything you put in your bathroom is sure to pick up some bacteria. Thus, the best thing you can do is to keep it clean all the time.
So, how can you keep your bathroom clean and smelling fresh?
- Make sure to empty the trash bin. Even the tiniest garbage can make your bathroom smell foul. On the other hand, cleaning the bathroom first thing in the morning makes you intentional when it comes to tidiness.
- Have some fresh towels handy. One, because it makes a good impression to your guest. Second, because a fresh towel smells good.
- Scrub the toilet bowl. It is just gross to see a dirty toilet bowl, and cleaning it can be problematic in the long run.
Remove watermarks and fingerprints from metal surfaces
Watermarks and fingerprints on your mirror and metal surfaces, although harmless, can be inconvenient. When left unattended, the stain can be permanent and render your mirror and surface useless.
The easiest and cheapest way to remove watermarks and fingerprints on the mirror is to wipe it off immediately. All you need is a washcloth and warm water, and make sure that you dry it using a different towel.
As for the metal surfaces such as your kitchen sink, clean and rinse it first. And then spray it with white distilled vinegar, let it sit for five minutes before sprinkling a bit of baking soda. Let it fizz before you wipe it off with a clean cloth or soft sponge. Repeat when needed.
Keep your linens clean
There is no denying that high-quality linens can make a strong first impression for your Airbnb listing. After all, nothing says luxury like fluffy and comfortable linen.
But how many sets should you have and how often should you clean them?
First and foremost, it is important that you invest in at least three sets of high-quality linens. Doing so enables your guests to have a good night’s sleep during their vacation or business trip. Not to mention that you have a spare in case of coffee spills or careless cigarette burns.
Next, make sure that you stick to a washing schedule. It can be once per week or whenever a guest checks out. What matters is that you do it on the regular and that it can provide you with a steady supply of clean sheets regardless of your guest turnover rate.
Aside from decorating your Airbnb listing like a pro, promoting it whenever you can, a clean unit is what can really make you stand out from the competition. Which of the cleaning tips mentioned above would you like to give a try? Let us know in the comments!