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What Cleaning Supplies Does Airbnb Need?

How to Present Your Cleaning Standards to Your GuestsIn an effort to combat the coronavirus crisis and keep dangerous germs out of Airbnb properties, Airbnb has recently released an enhanced cleaning protocol. Hosts who follow these new guidelines are not only sure to create a safer environment for their guests, but also to get more bookings and better ratings than those who don’t. 

In previous articles, we explained what this new cleaning checklist entails and how to implement it. Now we’ll expand on that by providing you with a list of crucial supplies you’ll need in order to perform these in-depth cleanings.

The items in the following list are universal, so they will be useful to you regardless of whether you clean your Airbnb or vacation rental yourself or you use the services of an expert Airbnb property manager in Orange County who handles the cleaning on your behalf. Read on to learn more. 

Which cleaning supplies do I need for my Airbnb cleaning?

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way we do most things in our daily lives, and cleaning is no exception. In addition to specialized cleaning products, you’ll also need to stock up on protective gear in order to avoid infection while cleaning.

Here’s what you’ll need when cleaning your Airbnb:

Protective equipment:

*Face mask (if unavailable, you can substitute a cloth facial covering)

*Disposable gloves (we recommend using a pair for each room in the property)

*Coverings for your footwear

*Gown or apron

*Safety glasses

Hygiene supplies for your guests:

* Disposable gloves

* Disinfectant spray or wipes

*Hand soap

*Antibacterial hand sanitizer

*Paper towels

*General-purpose household cleaner

Cleaning products:

* General-purpose household cleaner

* Wood polish

*Bleach

*Laundry stain remover

*Oven cleaner

*Dishwashing soap

*Furniture polish

*Laundry detergent

*Oven degreaser

*Mold cleaner (if needed)

*Specialized carpet cleaner

*Floor cleaner

*Glass cleaner

Cleaning equipment:

*Scrub pads

*Broom

*Dustpan

*Duster

*Dishwashing machine

*Trash bags

*Microfiber cleaning cloths

*Washer and dryer

*Bucket

*Mop

*Paper towels

*Step ladder (or a chair you can climb on)

*A brush for scrubbing

*Vacuum cleaner

*Spare vacuum bags

EPA-approved sanitizer and disinfectant:

Cleaning on its own won’t kill or even remove all the germs on a surface. To do that, you’ll also need to apply a quality disinfectant. When purchasing household disinfectants, always choose one that has been recommended by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). 

When using disinfectants, remember to:

* Familiarize yourself with the instructions on the bottle before using the product. These chemicals tend to be stronger than everyday cleaning products, and as such they should be kept out of reach of children and applied with utmost care.

* Avoid “green” solutions such as essential oils and vinegar. While these substances can sometimes be useful for cleaning, they don’t have any proven disinfectant properties.

* Refrain from mixing chemicals such as ammonia and bleach. Doing so can produce toxic fumes that may aggravate respiratory conditions and cause a variety of other health problems.

* Disinfectant wipes are also useful. Just remember to keep the surfaces wet long enough for the product to do its job. Exactly how long they need to stay wet varies from product to product, so make sure to read the instructions on the label. 

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Which cleaning supplies do I need for my Airbnb cleaningOne of the most unpleasant experiences an Airbnb guest can have is to arrive at a badly cleaned vacation rental property. Needless to say, hosts who don’t give their properties proper cleanings won’t stay in business for long.

MaidThis is here to help. We work with Orange County’s finest cleaning pros who will happily clean and disinfect your Airbnb rental while you relax with your friends or do some much-needed shopping at The Village at Orange. Contact us today. 

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How to Present Your Cleaning Standards to Your Guests?

What Cleaning Supplies Does Airbnb NeedAs any Airbnb guest will tell you, cleanliness is the single most important trait an Airbnb property can have. It’s the biggest factor that determines how highly a guest will rate the property, and whether they would return to it in the future. 

This is particularly true during the coronavirus outbreak. In an effort to keep its guests and hosts safe from this dangerous epidemic, Airbnb has released an in-depth cleaning checklist for rentals properties, but many guests are still understandably reluctant to travel. 

Letting your guests know that your Airbnb property management in Orange County utilizes this new Airbnb cleaning protocol can greatly increase the attractiveness of your rental property. Keep reading to learn how to do this in the most effective manner possible.

How do I tell my guests about my new Airbnb cleaning standards?

Committing to the new cleaning protocol automatically adds a unique highlight on your Airbnb property’s listing page. However, not all guests notice this or know what it means, so it’s a good idea to ensure your guests understand that you’re doing everything you can to protect their health. 

Do some or all of the following:

Adjust your Airbnb listing

Guests always care about cleanliness, but they especially prioritize it during the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, they’ll be on the lookout for any information that explains how (and if) the host has taken extra measures to maintain a germ-free rental property.

Take a moment to revise your listing and mention the following:

*You have committed to following Airbnb’s new cleaning guidelines.

*You take special care to sanitize frequently-touched surfaces, such as handles and doorknobs.

*You use the recommended cleaning supplies for Airbnb cleaning, including EPA-certified disinfectants and sanitizers. 

*You provide the guests with extra cleaning products, in case they decide to re-clean.

*You observe the local regulations when it comes to cleaning and hygiene.

Reassure your guests

Message your guest (or give them a phone call) to let them know about the improved cleaning approach you’re using. Communicate clearly that you’re as concerned about keeping the property clean as they are. 

If you’ve outsourced your Airbnb cleaning to a professional cleaning service, tell that to your guest as well and be ready to give them the name of the cleaning service in question. 

Print out Airbnb’s cleaning summary

Displaying a summary of the new cleaning protocol at a prominent place in your property will further reassure your guests that you’re doing everything you can to fight the spread of COVID-19. 

You can also print out instructions on where to find any additional supplies, such as disposable gloves and extra cleaning equipment, that you’ve left for your guests. The easiest way to do this is to print multiple copies at once, and then individually date and sign the summaries for each stay.

Refrain from providing false guarantees

Although following the enhanced cleaning protocol is a highly effective way to clean and disinfect a home, it’s by no means a guarantee that a property is 100% free of COVID-19. As such, you should never use terms such as “quarantine-friendly” or “coronavirus-free” to promote your vacation rental. 

Take your Airbnb property management in Orange County to a new level

How do I tell my guests about my new Airbnb cleaning standardsWhether you’re renting out a quaint seaside cottage, or a modern apartment near The Outlets at Orange, the one thing your guests will be looking for above all else is a hotel-like level of cleanliness. Unfortunately, such high cleaning standards can be nearly impossible to achieve if you’re not a professional cleaner yourself.

That’s where MaidThis comes in. We team up with trusted cleaning experts in Orange County who boast the tools and the know-how necessary to give your Airbnb rental a world-class cleaning. Call us 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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4 Irrefutable Tips for Getting 5-Star Airbnb Reviews

4 Irrefutable Tips for Getting 5-Star Reviews from MaidThis.com

Every Airbnb host wants to get consistent 5-star reviews. If you don’t care, you might be in the wrong business. 

There’s plenty of suggestions and information floating around the web about how best to land those perfect ratings, but how do you know what are the best, most tried-and-true methods? 

We’ve done the legwork for you so you don’t have to do the digging yourself. Here are what we think are 4 irrefutable tips for getting 5-star Airbnb reviews.

 

1. Communicate consistently.

Check-in and check-out used to be a great time to gets some valuable face time with your guests and to connect with them on a more personal level. Now that social distancing is the norm, that system is literally out all the open windows.

Unsurprisingly, no one is doing face-to-face check-ins or check-outs anymore due to the coronavirus. In order to make a connection, you’re going to have to create opportunities. 

Make an effort to stay in close contact with your guests before, during, and immediately after their stay. Don’t worry about being too “chatty”: You don’t need to write long, heartfelt messages. Simply drop a quick line to let them know you’re available to answer questions and are looking forward to hosting them. 

To really stay on top of these quick little notes, keep a Google doc or note somewhere with canned responses that you can consistently copy and paste into your messages.

 

2. Make a habit of over-delivering.

Make an effort to be honest in your listing, but don’t give away every nugget you’ve got in your gold pan. Surprise your guests with higher-level toiletries or a few snacks and drinks upon their arrival. 

Maybe hand-write a note thanking them for their stay and leave it with your printed house rules or somewhere you’re sure they’ll find it. 

Get creative and go above and beyond. As you’re less likely to ever meet your guests these days, these kinds of small personal touches can make all the difference. 

 

3. Do a little homework.

We really love this idea from Get Paid for Your Pad: Do a little reconnaissance on your guests to see what kinds of things they may be interested in.

If your guest is an Airbnb veteran, chances are that they’ve left several reviews for their past hosts. Hop over and check out reviews they’ve left on other hosts’ review lists. You never know what you’ll find – it may offer you a great way to make their stay even better.  

 

4. Think like a guest.

At the end of the day, it pays to simply consider what you would be “wowed” by as a guest yourself. Think back to some of your own amazing Airbnb stays in the past – what made them so amazing or memorable?

Implement what you can without breaking the bank. Remember that reviews don’t bring in more money right away, but they do help you build trust with new and potential guests which ultimately leads to more bookings… and more income.

 

Don’t stress yourself out over earning 5-star reviews. With a little consideration and planning, you can consistently earn your guests’ appreciation and praise.

 

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2 of the Best Airbnb Door Locks

2 of the Best Airbnb-Friendly Door Locks from MaidThis.com

Door keys are so last century. No one wants to keep a jangling wad of metal in their pocket or handbag anymore when they can walk in the door by simply pressing a button.

These days, it’s also worth mentioning how the novel coronavirus has affected the short-term rental industry and the fact that the more we can cut down on passing things from person-to-person, the better. 

Now that every check-in is a remote one, dealing with physical keys is that much more of a hassle. Here are 2 of the best options for Airbnb door locks currently on the market. One may just be a great fit for your vacation rental.

 

Yale Assure Lockstarting at approx. $199 on Amazon

We love this lock for a number of reasons. Not only is it a fully keyless option, but it looks super modern and sleek. You have a few options to choose from to get much of the same functionality, including opting for a new door handle rather than a full-blown new lock. We think that’s pretty neat.

Here are a few other reasons why we like the Yale Assure Lock lineup:

 

  • Control everything from your smartphone: Add and remove an unlimited number of access codes right from the app. Never recycle old codes again if you don’t want to.

 

  • Third-party integrations: If you’re living in your home and truly home-sharing, it might be helpful to get your lock set up with other smart home apps like Alexa, Google Assistant, or Siri.
  • Set up auto relock: Set the door to automatically lock every time it closes so you never have to worry about whether or not it’s secure.

 

 

 

Gate Labs All-In-One Video Smart Lockapprox. $299 on Amazon (with service plan)

Gate Lab’s video smart lock is in a category all its own and might be our favorite of the two choices here. It’s the only lock on the market that directly integrates video along with its actual locking capabilities. Pretty cool, huh?

While compared to other “smart” locks it falls a tad short – it doesn’t integrate with Alexa, Google Home, or other third-party applications – and in order to get all its functionality, you’ll need to subscribe to a monthly “premium” service plan, it’s still one of the most robust options out there. 

Here are a few things we love most about the Gate Labs All-In-One Video Smart Lock:

 

  • Live HD video streaming: Greet your guests upon their initial arrival! You’ll be able to see them (and verify it’s who you’re expecting) and speak to them directly using the lock’s two-way audio to ensure they settle in comfortably.

 

  • Remote locking and unlocking: Lock and unlock the door via your smartphone and add up to 4 other admins with the same capability on the free service plan.
  • Unlimited guest access codes: Set a new code (or cycle through several) as guests come and go so your home always stays secure. Add and remove access codes all from the Gate Labs smartphone app.

 

 

 

There are a number of really amazing and secure Airbnb door locks on the market and not all are created equal. That said, we think these two options are the best suited for vacation rental hosts thanks to their functionality and user-friendliness.

 

By investing in a secure and easily-managed lock system, you not only keep your vacation rental safe and ensure the safety of your guests.

 

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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.
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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 Host in LA
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What’s a “Fair” Airbnb Cleaning Fee?

reWhat's a "Fair" Airbnb Cleaning Fee? from MaidThis.com

As an Airbnb host, you’ve likely toyed a lot with finding your average nightly rate “sweet spot.” It’s a bit like impersonating Goldilocks: You’ve got to find a rate that’s not too high, not too low, but just right. And, as part of your rate, you’ll need to include a cleaning fee… But what’s a “fair” Airbnb cleaning fee? And how can you ensure your “fair” fee isn’t scaring off guests?

 

How much should you charge? 

Good question. In the age of Covid, chances are that guests are more willing to accept “higher” cleaning fees than ever before. That said, there are still plenty who will balk at the sight of what they deem “excessive” costs.

To figure out your magic cleaning fee number, here’s what we suggest:

At a minimum, know exactly how much you’re going to charge. Make sure that however you decide to divvy it up – be it across a guest’s stay or publicized entirely in the cleaning fee – that you’re going to get enough to cover your costs. Base this amount on your actual MaidThis cleaning fee or based on quotes from vacation rental-specific cleaning companies. Don’t look at regular residential cleaning fees to decide on your Airbnb cleaning fee. They’re not the same (and shouldn’t be).

Also, keep in mind that this shouldn’t be a place where you’re trying to make an extra buck or two. Charge only what you need to cover your Airbnb cleaning costs. 

Then, look at what your competitors are listing for their cleaning fees. You might be surprised to see how much they fluctuate from listing to listing. You might also discern that other hosts are wrapping up some of their cleaning fees into their nightly rates. 

Finally, make a decision about how you want to publicize your cleaning fee. It’s as simple as that.

 

How do you avoid losing potential guests because of a “too high” Airbnb cleaning fee?

Efficient and effective cleaning is very much a subjective viewpoint. Folks who may travel less often or who don’t understand the costs associated with ensuring turnovers are extensive from stay to stay may be turned off by a high cleaning fee – especially one that may exceed the cost of their entire stay.

So how do you combat this? By getting smart about how you publicize (or don’t publicize) your cleaning fee. 

 

Option 1: Put your cleaning fee front and center.

Whether you’re cleaning up yourself or paying a professional service like MaidThis to turn over your vacation rental, the most obvious option is to include your cleaning fee – all of it – in the specified place in your listing. 

There’s one definitive downside to this: Depending on how “expensive” your Airbnb cleaning fee is perceived to be, you run the risk of losing some potential guests. 

All that said, it’s still a common move for hosts to add full cleaning fees to their listings.

 

Option 2: Add part (or all) of your cleaning fee into your average nightly rate.

Instead of blatantly mentioning your cleaning fee, you could opt to spread it out across your guests’ stays. 

This obviously makes your nightly rate go up a bit, but it also keeps less experienced (or “stingy”) guests from having a heart attack at your clean-up price tag. Assuming your average nightly rate is still within range of your closest competitors in terms of similar stays near you and throughout the larger area, this little trick should come off without a hitch. 

The best way to ensure you’re still bringing in enough money to actually cover your cleaning costs is to require a minimum stay. This way, you can split some (or all) of your cleaning fee across multiple nights, ultimately lowering the overall perceived cost by guests. When you have guests who are staying for a single night, it can be more challenging to ensure you’re getting enough money from their booking to cover the cost of a turnover – especially if you’re not doing it yourself. (If you’re renting out a room, this may matter less. If you’re renting out an entire home, this is where you can get into more trouble and end up spending money out of your own pocket.)

By including at least part of what you intend to charge for cleaning in the actual fee space provided, you help them understand that you do take cleaning seriously. This is true even if it’s a small amount (under $50).

 

Deciding how much to charge for your cleaning fee is a bit like a game – while ensuring you cover costs to turn over your vacation rental you have to also ensure you’re not scaring off potential guests. Do a little research and get smart with your advertising, and ultimately ensure your cleaning costs are covered after every check-out.

 

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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