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Cleaning Checklist for Vacation Rentals

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Created on: Aug 26, 2009 1:38 PM by community-editor - Last Modified:  Feb 26, 2014 2:52 PM by community-editor
vacation rental cleaning checklistWhen dealing with your housekeepers and cleaning staff, it's best to be as specific as possible and have a clearly defined list of duties. You can discuss these expectations when you first hire a housekeeper or cleaning staff and then periodically throughout the year.

Then, post a written version of your cleaning this checklist somewhere easily accessible at your property, such as the inside of a closet door.

Note: Our downloadable cleaning checklist includes a Spanish translation.


□ Clean appliances, counters, cabinets, table, and chairs.
□ Clean, scrub, and sanitize sinks, countertops, and backsplashes.
□ Clean range top and wipe out inside of oven.
□ Clean appliance exteriors, including the inside of toaster oven and coffee maker.
□ Clean inside and outside of refrigerator and microwave oven.
□ Wash floor.
□ Empty dishwasher, and quickly organize cupboards.
□ Restock auto dish detergent, liquid dish soap, coffee filters, and trash bags.
□ Put out 2 clean dishtowels, and a new dish rag/sponge.
□ Clean appliances, counters, cabinets, table, and chairs.

Living Room
□ Broom-clean or sweep floors if you choose, then vacuum and wash.
□ Dust window sills and ledges.
□ Dust furniture, blinds, picture frames, knick-knacks, ceiling fans, and lamps.
□ Vacuum carpets or wash floor.
□ Vacuum furniture, including under seat cushions.
□ Check sofa bed for dirty linens.
□ Wash windows on sliding glass doors.
□ Empty and clean wastebaskets.
□ Be sure to leave clean linens for the sofa bed.

□ Change sheets and pillowcases.
□ Vacuum floor and under beds.
□ Check for personal belongings left in drawers and closets.
□ Dust furniture and clean mirrors.
□ Check windows for fingerprints.
□ Make sure lightbulbs are not burnt out.
□ Check for wear & tear or stains on sheets and blankets.
□ Wash blankets and comforters after every 10 rentals.
□ Check alarm clocks to make sure alarms are not set.

□ Clean, scrub and sanitize showers, bathtubs, vanity, sinks, and backsplashes.
□ Clean mirrors.
□ Clean and sanitize toilets.
□ Polish chrome.
□ Wash floors and tile walls.
□ Empty wastebasket.
□ Replenish liquid hand soap.
□ Supply clean linens: 2 hand towels, 2 bath towels, and 4 washcloths per guest, plus 1 shower mat.

Other areas
□ Be sure washer and dryer are empty; clean out lint trap.
□ Check light bulbs, change if necessary.
□ Change furnace filter once a month.
□ Wipe off patio set and clean barbecue grill.
□ Notify owner immediately if you notice any damages, missing items, or if the home was left
    excessively dirty.
□ Check to make sure phone ringers have not been turned off.
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