10 Most Common Vacation Rental Cleaning Problems

    cleaning bucket.JPGIt is extremely important to discuss your  expectations with maintenance staff and housekeepers upon hiring. As a  vacation rental homeowner, you also have the responsibility of visiting  your property as often as possible to monitor the appliances, linens and  overall cleanliness of your home and to replace anything that is  damaged. That way, you can rest assured that your home is being kept up  to your standards.



    1. Hair on the bathroom floor or in drains.

    Your housekeeper should vacuum after mopping to make sure everything is  picked up. You can also ask him/her to check the drains in the sink,  shower and tub to prevent clogs.



    2. Mildew on shower curtains.

    Use  mildew-resistant shower curtain liners. They cost a bit more, but will  stay cleaner longer. Keep replacements in your owner's closet and ask  your housekeeper to replace them before they start to mildew.



    3. Rust stains in the toilet.

    Keep  bleach on hand in addition to standard toilet cleaner for your  housekeeper to use regularly.



    4. Dirty stove, oven or toaster oven.

    Remind  housekeeper to check appliances. It is also helpful to purchase burner  liners for the stovetop and keep extras on hand.



    5. Dirty barbecue grill.

    Purchase the appropriate  tools for keeping your grill clean.



    6. Dirt or food under couch cushions.

    Ask your housekeeper to vacuum couch cushions after guests check out to  make sure no Cheerios slipped through the cracks!



    7. Dust on ceiling fans.

    Purchase a ceiling-fan wand  or duster and a stepstool for your housekeeper to use.



    8. Dusty vents.

    Ask your maintenance  person to replace A/C filters at designated time intervals, and have  your housekeeper dust the outside of vents periodically. You do not want  your guests to think that's what they're breathing!


    9. Stained sheets or towels.

    Keep extras in  your owner's closet, and have your housekeeper replace sheets or towels  when they start to get dingy. Be sure to check your linens every time  you visit your home.



    10. Burned-out light bulbs.

    Keep extra light bulbs on hand at all times. It is not unreasonable to ask  your housekeeper to check on these and reimburse for any extras  purchased.


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