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What’s the Right Airbnb Cleaning Process?

It’s no secret that Airbnb, and the tourism industry as a whole, has taken a hit during the coronavirus pandemic. With people traveling less than ever, and many Airbnb hosts deciding to temporarily close their doors, there’s no telling how severe the long-term effects of the COVID-19 crisis will be.

In order to help protect Airbnb hosts and guests from harmful germs, the company has created an enhanced 5-step checklist for Airbnb cleaning in Orange County. The hosts who adopt this new cleaning protocol will not only help America get over the coronavirus epidemic faster, but are also sure to get more positive ratings from their guests.

In the following article, we’ll give you a quick rundown of Airbnb’s new cleaning process and tell you how to ensure your vacation rental property is always squeaky clean. Keep reading to learn more.

How do I implement Airbnb’s new 5-step enhanced cleaning protocol?

Airbnb’s new cleaning protocol is designed to be universal. In other words, you can use it regardless of whether your property is a condo near the Anaheim Convention Center, or an oceanside cottage on the Orange County coast.

Step #1: Preparation

-In addition to your regular cleaning supplies, you’ll also need an EPA-approved disinfectant.

-Wash your hands thoroughly before and after the cleaning. If washing is out of question, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

-Wear disposable gloves and a face mask, and refrain from touching your face while cleaning.

-Extensively ventilate the entire property.

-Unplug your appliances before you start cleaning to prevent potentially dangerous accidents.

Step #2: Cleaning

-Give your property a standard cleaning by wiping down and dusting surfaces, and then vacuuming and mopping the floor.

-Throw out the garbage.

-Wash the dishes.

-Wash all linens and towels on the highest appropriate heat setting.

-Use specialized cleaning products to clean your furniture, carpets, curtains, bedding, and other soft items.

Step #3: Disinfection

-Once you’ve cleaned a surface, apply your disinfectant to it. If you haven’t used this disinfectant before, it’s highly advised that you first familiarize yourself with the instructions on the bottle.

-Allow the disinfected surfaces to air-dry.

-Pay extra attention to high-touch surfaces such as light switches, doorknobs, handles of all types, AC and TV remotes, game controllers, keyboards, desks, tables, toilet seats, keys, and so on.

Step #4: Check each room

-Double-check to make sure all frequently-touched surfaces have been cleaned and disinfected.

-Look for any damaged items or items that may have been left by a previous guest.

-Take inventory of items such as paper towels, napkins, toilet paper, soap, detergent, etc., and restock, replace, or refill any items that are running low.

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-Throw disposable cleaning supplies (for example, disinfectant wipes and empty bottles) into the garbage bin.

-Wash microfiber cloths, mop heads, vacuum cleaner attachments, and other cleaning supplies at the highest heat setting allowed by the manufacturer.

-Empty your vacuum cleaner and sanitize it. Do the same for any other cleaning devices or tools you used.

-Take a step back and visually examine each room to ensure everything is where it should be.

-Some guests want to make sure your Airbnb has been properly cleaned by doing some cleaning themselves, so remember to set your cleaning supplies out for them.

Where can I book the finest Airbnb cleaning in Orange County?

Here at MaidThis, we team up with tried-and-true cleaning professionals who specialize in providing top-of-the-line home and vacation rental cleaning and disinfection services.

Every maid we work with has passed an extensive vetting process in order to make sure they have the training, the experience, and the work ethic necessary to provide a truly exceptional cleaning.

Reach out to us today and take full advantage of our lightning-fast online booking process and our cash-free payment system.

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In-Depth Airbnb Cleaning Checklist

To say that traveling during the COVID-19 pandemic is risky would be a massive understatement. As a result, people everywhere have begun to prioritize clean and thoroughly disinfected rental properties when choosing their accommodations.

Airbnb rentals are by no means exempt from this. In fact, since getting positive user ratings is crucial for the success of an Airbnb, rental property owners who are still hosting during the coronavirus crisis need to go the extra mile when cleaning their Airbnb.

Whether you do it yourself, or you hire a professional Airbnb cleaning service in Orange County, making sure that your vacation rental property is sparkling clean is more critical than ever. Read on to learn how to clean your Airbnb like a pro.

What should Airbnb hosts focus on while cleaning their property?

Most people are very sensitive about their hygiene, so it’s no surprise that cleanliness is by far the single most important factor that affects Airbnb ratings. A guest who finds a dirty toilet bowl, or a clump of hair left by a previous guest, is likely going to get grossed out and give your property a negative review even if they like everything else about it.

As a result, your Airbnb cleaning should include things that you wouldn’t normally care about during a standard home cleaning. The goal is to present hotel-like standards of cleanliness, and that means applying quite a bit of elbow grease or outsourcing your cleaning to the experts.

Here’s an extensive Airbnb cleaning checklist:

  • Perform a standard cleaning. Start by dusting and wiping the furniture, and then give the entire place a good vacuuming (or sweeping, if you use a broom) and mopping.
  • Disinfect frequently-touched surfaces such as doorknobs, handrails, TV and AC remotes, light switches, keys, etc., using an EPA-approved disinfectant.
  • Change linens and make the beds. This is a must. After all, no one wants to lie down on crumpled linens that have stains on them and smell strange.
  • Thoroughly clean and disinfect the bathroom. There’s nothing more disgusting than a dirty, unkempt bathroom. Give it a good scrubbing and remember to disinfect everything. Pay special attention to the shower and the toilet bowl.
  • Give the kitchen an in-depth cleaning. In addition to wiping all the cabinets and the exteriors of appliances, you’ll also need to make sure the interiors of the fridge, oven, and microwave are spotless as well.
  • Replenish household supplies. Check if toilet paper, paper towels, hand sanitizer, soap, dish detergent, and dishwasher tablets are running out, and restock them if necessary.
  • Wash the dishes. One of the worst things an Airbnb guest can find is a bunch of dirty glasses, platters, cutlery, trays, and any other dishes in the sink.
  • Throw out the trash and replace the plastic bags in the trash cans.
  • Check for damages. Your previous guests may have damaged something and not told you about it. If this is the case, you’ll need to perform repairs or get replacements before your next guests arrive.What should Airbnb hosts focus on while cleaning their property

Where can I book the most reliable Airbnb cleaning service in Orange County?

Whether you’re renting out a single room in your apartment, or an entire luxury house located close to The Wedge, the success of your Airbnb business is still largely determined by the ratings your property gets from your guests.

Making sure your place is sparkling clean and professionally disinfected will not only keep your guests happy, it will also protect you and your future guests from dangerous germs. This is where MaidThis comes in.

We work with the top cleaning experts in Orange County who have the tools and the skills needed to keep your Airbnb pristine at all times. Book your cleaning today.

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I definitely think that as a company we've been able to make more money, not only because we're saving money by using Maid This, but also because they're helping take a few of the necessary evils with doing vacation rentals off of the property managers plate.
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3 Key Takeaways from the “State of the STR Industry” Report

3 Key Takeaways from the "State of the STR Industry" Report from MaidThis.com

Times have changed, haven’t they? 

At the start of the year, 2020 really seemed like it was going to be something spectacular. Arguably, it has been, albeit for reasons no one could ever have imagined. 

Like you, we’ve wondered what the long-term effects will be for the vacation rental industry and how other businesses have been faring. Thanks to Guesty’s recent “The State of the Short-Term Rental Industry Amid Covid-19” report, we have a better idea. 

Here are the 3 biggest takeaways we noted from Guesty’s report. 

 

1. Nearly all hosts have enacted more robust cleaning practices… and rightly so. 

When a dangerous virus lurks in communities – especially one that causes a sickness like Covid-19, where some infected individuals may not even know they’re spreading it – there’s no such thing as “too clean.”

Hosts around the globe have gone out of their way to ensure their homes are not just clean but that everything is sanitized and surfaces are properly disinfected. In addition, hosts who have seen the most success haven’t been shy about the changes they’ve made: The newest “best practice” is to mention your cleaning and disinfecting in both your listing name and your description.

At MaidThis, we’ve done our part to ensure all the cleaners we match you with follow our Covid-19 safety guidelines and have created the Covid-19 Resource Center to help you communicate your cleaning changes to your guests effectively.

 

2. Hosts with the best Covid-rebounds are implementing more flexible cancellation policies. 

Now, more than ever, flexible cancellation policies are king. 

Leisure travel hasn’t experienced a hit like this in modern history. Guests are leery of booking stays they can’t be certain will come to fruition. Their reasoning for being cautious should come as no surprise: With the threat of more states reneging on their reopening plans and the possibility of further skyrocketing Covid case numbers, plenty of folks are unwilling to make plans they can’t easily cancel. 

While you may not be willing to go with a fully-forgiving cancellation policy, the numbers suggest that any kind of cancellation is better than none. (Arguably, this has always been true.) As things can change in a flash these days, you’ll be more likely to see bookings increase if you give guests at least a week to change their plans. 

 

3. Industry insiders expect short-term rentals to bounce back faster than hotels post-Covid.

While it won’t happen overnight, industry insiders like Guesty and hosts alike expect the short-term rental market to regain its stride in due time. 

Why?

Social distancing is a big reason. Hotels make it nearly impossible for guests to distance well enough and avoid high-contact areas like elevators and lobbies. Offerings like free continental breakfasts have become a thing of the past due to the threat of community spread and there’s no telling how safe (or not) public swimming pools – both indoor and outdoor – can be if someone was unknowingly infected with Covid-19. 

Short-term rentals make it easier for travelers to keep their distance. Whether they rent a place with a private pool or opt to prepare their own breakfast, there’s a sense of security in knowing there are no shared amenities at a vacation rental like there are in a hotel. This alone plays a huge role in guests’ peace of mind. 

 

There are still many “unknowns” with this virus – not just from a scientific perspective but from an economic perspective. No one can say with certainty how things will continue and how quickly affected industries will recover and find sure footing. As we all continue to discover a new normal, we expect to see more positive feedback surrounding these observations and others like them.

 

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I definitely think that as a company we've been able to make more money, not only because we're saving money by using Maid This, but also because they're helping take a few of the necessary evils with doing vacation rentals off of the property managers plate.
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Airbnb House Rules: Should You Create “Seasonal” House Rules?

Should You Create Airbnb "Seasonal" House Rules? from MaidThis.com

Setting Airbnb house rules is something all hosts must do when first setting up their listings. But once the rules have been set, how often are they revisited? Unless you encounter a situation that specifically required a change-up or addition, our guess is not very often. 

While most house rules are applicable year-round, there are a few things that may be more season-specific that went forgotten. Below, we’ve detailed two small-but-powerful season-related situations that could make all the difference in your turnovers.

 

Outdoor Sport Rules

Depending on where you’re located, you may want to implement seasonal rules that pertain to outdoor activities. 

For example, if you’re in California and close to a beach, you may request during the spring and summer months that guests make an effort to remove their shoes after visiting the beach and before entering the house so as not to track sand into the house. (This is a good rule in general but especially important during the high-beach season.)

Alternatively, if your Airbnb is in an area that appeals to winter sports enthusiasts like skiers or snowboarders, you may ask your guests who have been out in the snow to remove their wet outerwear in a specific area of the house to avoid tracking any dirty water inside.

Some things you might consider to be “common sense” may be less evident to out-of-towners when it comes to keeping things clean. It’s not a bad idea to blatantly mention the removal of shoes or clothes in the entryway in your house rules.

 

Temperature Consistency

To avoid astronomically high utility bills during the hottest or coldest parts of the year, you may choose to implement a rule (or rather, a request) that guests don’t change the thermostat temperatures too drastically during the hottest parts of the summer or coldest parts of the winter.  This may seem off-putting to some, but most guests will be understanding (assuming your temperature settings are reasonable).

One way to keep tabs on this – or better yet, control it – is to install a smart thermostat system like the Honeywell T9 Smart Thermostat. With a wifi-enabled thermostat system, you can set up alerts on your phone to notify you when threshold temperatures have been exceeded. Depending on the model you choose, you may even be able to “lock” the thermostat settings so guests can’t go past certain temperatures.

If you choose to enact this rule, whether you install a smart system or hope for the best from your guests, be sure to specifically state where you’d like the temperature to sit in your listing rules. This is especially true if you go with a smart system as guests may be perturbed to discover they can’t do much to change the temperature after they’ve already checked in.

 

Overall, setting Airbnb house rules isn’t all that difficult. Like most things, though, it’s never a bad idea to revisit what you have and consider making changes or additions. By implementing a few extra rules during the height of the summer and winter seasons, you may save yourself some headaches in the long run.

 

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At first I tried to take care of all of the cleaning process myself, and it turned out to be a bigger headache than anything else. So a friend told me about MaidThis and its been fantastic. I’ve been working with my cleaners for a few months so far. I recommend you check out the service for yourself.
Brent
Airbnb Host in LA
90+

Hours
Saved

I definitely think that as a company we've been able to make more money, not only because we're saving money by using Maid This, but also because they're helping take a few of the necessary evils with doing vacation rentals off of the property managers plate.
Laura G
Airbnb Host in LA
90+

Hours
Saved