Spring Cleaning & Maintenance Checklist

    For much of the country, the late spring kicks off the vacation season. To prepare your vacation home for the summer, it's important that you take the time to do a little deep cleaning and preventive maintenance above and beyond the routine tasks performed by your housekeeper between renters. Whether you pay your housekeeper to perform these tasks or take the time to visit your property and do them yourself, here are some tips for cleaning and stocking before the busy summer months.

    General Cleaning Tasks

    □ Spot clean the walls, doorknobs, and light switches.
    □ Consider fresh paint if needed.
    □ Dust the decor (photos, framed art, etc.). Tip: Wash knickknacks instead of dusting them;
        they will stay clean longer.
    □ Dust ceiling fans.
    □ Dust the baseboards.
    □ Steam clean all carpeting.
    □ Look for signs of pests.
    □ Replace the batteries in the smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
    □ Check the pressure gauge on the fire extinguisher.
    □ Replace furnace and air filters.
    □ Vacuum vents and behind large furniture.
    □ Vacuum the lint trap on the dryer and wash the inside of the washing machine.
    □ Clean the windows.
    □ Wash all curtains, blinds and other window coverings.


    □ Deep clean the oven and stove tops.
    □ Clean out the refrigerator, freezer, pantry, and cabinets.
    □ Clean the refrigerator condenser coils.
    □ Check your inventory of spices and condiments (if you provide them) and restock where
    □ Wipe down the appliances.
    □ Clean the drains.
    □ Wash the inside of the garbage can. If it's really gross (and was inexpensive), throw it out
        and pick up a new one.


    □ Check the condition of the towels and wash clothes. Do any need to be replaced?
    □ Wash fabric shower curtains.
    □ Replace the shower curtain liner.
    □ Wash bathroom rugs.
    □ Clean the drains.
    □ Vacuum underneath the sink and in the drawers.
    □ Wash the liquid soap container or soap dish.
    □ Replace the toilet brush.
    □ Clean the grout and tile.
    □ Clean shower doors.
    □ Replace toilet flappers.
    □ Check your toilet bowl brushes, and replace if they look dirty.


    □ Check the condition of the bedding (linens, pillows, comforters, mattress pads, etc.). Does
        anything need to be replaced?
    □ Wash the pillows, comforters, mattress pads, etc.
    □ Rotate and flip the mattresses.
    □ Vacuum under the beds and furniture.
    □ Wipe down walls and clean baseboards.

    Living Area

    □ Steam clean upholstered furniture.
    □ Wash and fluff throw pillows.
    □ Clean or replace area rugs.


    □ Check exterior doors and windows.
    □ Check the roof for missing shingles.
    □ Check the deck for rotted wood or exposed nails.
    □ Check the fence for needed repairs.
    □ Check the condition of the patio furniture.
    □ Trim/prune your trees.
    □ Remove leaves from around the house.
    □ Power wash the exterior if you have a power washer.
    □ Clean or replace door mats.
    □ Clean barbecue grill.
    □ Plant flowers.

    Supply Closet

    □ Restock paper products (toilet paper, paper towels, coffee filters, etc.).
    □ Restock cleaning supplies that you leave for your guests including: all purpose
        cleaner/disinfectant, dishwasher detergent, window cleaner, furniture polish, floor cleaner,
        and spot remover for carpets.
    □ Restock trash bags.
    □ Replace vacuum cleaner bags and provide back-ups.
    □ Check brooms and mops to see if they need replacing.
    □ Be sure you have ample supply of back-up supplies that must be replaced more often,
        such as extra coffee carafe, back-up TV remote controls, extra pillowcases, extra
        glassware, etc.

    Download a copy of our Cleaning Checklists that you can edit and print for your own use.

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