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How Often Do You Need to Replace Linens in an Airbnb?

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Being a vacation rental host requires a lot of attention to detail. To ensure you get great reviews from your guests, it’s up to you to ensure your place is looking just like it does in your listing photos.

Part of maintaining a stellar vacation rental is discerning when it’s time to replace linens and other things in your Airbnb. From sheets and towels to the carpeting, everything has to be considered.

Here’s a quick breakdown of the things you should be prepared to replace and when you should be doing it.

Linens

Your linens really go through the ringer if you stop and think about it. Depending on how busy your vacation rental gets, they get used A LOT and then get washed after every guest has checked out. That’s likely more wear-and-tear than what you put your own linens through at home. Before you know it, your vacation rental sheets and towels can start to look a little ratty….especially if/when your guests use the towels to clean up spills or makeup – ahhhh!

All that being said, it’s wise to replace your sheets and bath towels with some regularity. Here are some recommend timeframes:

 

  • Sheets: If you’ve got a high occupancy rate year-round, aim to replace your sheets every 6-12 months at least. If you’re not booked as frequently, once a year should do it. Obviously, if you find any kind of ripping or tears or if stains pop up on your sheets, toss them out immediately and replace them.
  • Pillows: Pillows can be washed but even the best washing machine can’t rid them entirely of loose dead skin cells and germs that accumulate over time. The best option is to replace the bed pillows at least every 6 months.
  • Bath Towels: It doesn’t take long for bath towels to start looking worn out. Again, depending on how consistently you’re booked throughout the year, aim to change these out every 3-6 months. This is especially important if you provide white or light-colored towels as they’ll show signs of wear faster than darker towels.
  • Hand Towels: Stock up on hand towels. These take a real beating and should be replaced at least when you replace your bath towels. It’s smart to buy extra hand towels when you buy your bath towels so you’ve got a few on hand if you should ever need them.
  • Kitchen Towels: If you choose to provide kitchen or tea towels to your guests in addition to paper towels, plan to replace these every 6-12 months. Unlike your other linens, kitchen towels may not get used as much; it all depends on how regularly your guests cook. Check these often and look out for signs of wear or stains. These are the least expensive and, arguably, the easiest linens to replace, so don’t dilly-dally!

 

 

When replacing linens, don’t be tempted to take the cheap route. Consider this an investment in your business and purchase at least mid-range sheets and towels for your guests. If you enjoy the hunt, check out discount stores like TJ Maxx, Marshalls, or Stein Mart. If you’d prefer to skip what can sometimes turn into a wild goose chase, the Threshold or Fieldcrest brands from Target or this option from Amazon* also a good bet.

You certainly don’t need to purchase top-of-the-line linens, but be sure to consider quality over price when you shop… After all, the goal is to limit headaches AND get you that 5-star review!

Appliances and Home Mechanical Necessities

Chances are, your major appliances and home mechanical systems (like your HVAC) don’t get much use if you’re renting out your entire home. The washing machine, dishwasher, and kitchen appliances likely don’t see much use until your guests check out and your thermostat runs consistently without much thought. Thankfully, that probably means they’re in fairly good shape and you won’t need to replace anything anytime soon.

If you rent a room and live in your home full-time, you’re operating things often enough that you have a leg up in this department: You can spot things before anyone else does. If this doesn’t apply to you, however, you must remain vigilant!

Unlike linens that should be carefully monitored and replaced at the first signs of overuse, appliances are harder to plan ahead for. We simply expect these machines to function properly until the day… well, the day they don’t.

It would be silly for us to suggest you to sit in front of your dishwasher or washing machine and watch for glitches or sit idly and wait for the thermostat to act strangely. However, keep a watchful eye on these things anytime you do a walk-through of your vacation rental.

It’s smart to ask your guests to report anything that seems “off” if they operate any of your appliances but it’s even better if you can catch wind of trouble before your guests see it.

If you don’t visit your vacation rental often, ask your cleaning team or management company to let you know if they notice anything operating oddly when they conduct turnover cleanings or walk-throughs. They are your best reporters.

Carpets

Carpet is a lasting floor covering and doesn’t need replacing often. That’s probably a relief, considering how expensive it can be to make a flooring change.

The frustrating thing about carpet is that it doesn’t wear evenly. Heavier traffic areas like the living room, hallways, and bedroom doorways show their age more rapidly; the aging pace increases if shoes are worn inside the house or if you have or allow your guests to bring pets.

Generally speaking, carpet should last anywhere from 7-10 years after it’s been installed. With proper care, you could get as many as 15 years out of it.

To avoid the need to replace carpet before its average shelf life, here are a few tips for keeping it looking as new as possible:

 

  • Invest in doormats. Doormats at the front entrance and any other doors leading outside with greatly decrease the amount of dirt and dust carried into your vacation rental from your guests’ shoes. This is your best first line of defense.
  • Vacuum often. Some sources will suggest you vacuum every day while others will recommend once or twice a week. Daily vacuuming in a vacation rental is likely next to impossible – you certainly shouldn’t ask your guests to do it! However, be sure to run the vacuum after every checkout. If your guests are staying long-term, offer them basic maid services weekly or bi-weekly to ensure your carpet is getting the care it needs.
  • Shampoo or steam your carpets. With so many people coming and going, you’ll want to shampoo your carpets or hire a professional to clean them more often than the average homeowner. Don’t wait for things to start looking dingy or because you need to work on a stubborn stain. Aim to deep steam clean your carpet every 6-12 months. Resist the urge to overdo things, though. Too much of a good thing can be damaging. Hint: just ask MaidThis to arrange this for you during a turnover cleaning…..we have a partner company who can totally help with steam cleaning. 🙂

 

To know when it’s time to recarpet your place, look out for visible signs of wear through main walkways. When a deep cleaning doesn’t do much to revitalize it, it may be time to go shopping.

 

Ensuring your guests are happy should start before they even arrive for check-in. By keeping a watchful eye on your place and replacing or revitalizing things before they show they need it, you’re setting yourself up for great reviews and referrals.

 

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Cleaning Service Redondo Beach Shares the Ultimate Spring Cleaning Checklist

Spring cleaning checklist by cleaning services Redondo BeachOut with the old, in with the new! Spring is a time to start fresh, so premium cleaning service Redondo Beach has composed an amazing and helpful spring cleaning checklist to make the process go faster.

Your home will benefit from spring cleaning, and so will you, as you make some extra room, clear your mind and realize that less really is more. Once you’re done, you’ll want to show off your ideally clean and tidy home to all your friends. After all, completing a full-on spring cleaning project calls for a celebration!

Prep is the cornerstone

Not only will a well-thought-out preparation for this massive undertaking save you time and energy, but also help you be more decisive. Haven’t worn a T-shirt in over a year? Give it away or repurpose it. Get some boxes, categorize and subcategorize. Overthinking what stays and what goes only creates a vicious circle. Once you start decluttering like you mean it, you’ll find yourself astonished at how much of the stuff you own is totally redundant.

Cleaners must be good and ready. You’ll need to do some extensive vacuuming, so make sure your vacuum cleaner is perfectly clean itself, ready to tackle every single speck of dust in your home. As for cleaning supplies, don’t let yourself get distracted by too many choices – stick to the essentials. Don’t forget a disinfectant so you’ll know you’ve done an utterly thorough job.

Finally, any helpers (household members or friends) must be completely up to the task. In other words, if they can’t stand the heat, they’ll just be getting in the way.

The checklist

  • Cleaning household appliances – the dishwasher, the washing machine, the fridge and other household appliances must be squeaky clean so as to operate more efficiently.
  • De-gunk the kitchen – every element of your kitchen could, ironically, be the greasiest and germiest. Get scrubbing!
  • Thorough dusting and vacuuming – your vacuum cleaner is your must-trusted ally in this endeavor, as you’ll literally need to vacuum everything (even the ceilings and light fixtures). However, it might be wise to have a professional deep clean the carpets and upholstery. As for the curtains and rugs, they can go in the washer.
  • Make those floors shine – microfiber cloth and a strong cleaning solution is all you need to make floors perfectly spotless and looking beautiful.
  • Remove dust and debris from vents – this is not only about cleanliness, but also about energy efficiency and overall health.
  • Clean the plumbing – spring is also a time to clean the often neglected drains and get rid of those nasty odors.
  • Make the bathroom spotless – apply a cleaner to the grout and tiles, scrub with a brush and rinse. Once all the bathroom elements are absolutely stain-free, you’ll thank yourself.

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For your home to wake up from its winter sleep looking splendid, and stay neat and tidy after the spring cleaning is done, you’ll need a helping hand. MaidThis offers impeccable cleaning service Redondo Beach so you can enjoy your home in all its glory this spring. Give us a call and let us wow you!

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Listen to This: Music Makes Cleaning Easier

Cleaning service Torrance - music makes cleaning easierMusic has the immense power to make us experience a wide range of emotions, among which is sheer, overwhelming joy. It also makes everything better and easier, even if it’s something as tedious as housework. You can play nursery rhymes to make cleaning more fun for kids, some hot jazz to keep things upbeat as you tackle a major clean-up, or your favorite ‘80s soundtrack as you prepare your home for a party. Whatever your preferences, be it classical, electronic or rock genre, music is your best friend. Cleaning service Torrance inspires you to incorporate music into your spring cleaning routine and spice it up.

The science behind it

Music makes us happy – it’s actually a scientific fact. Hearing music makes the brain release dopamine. Dopamine, in turn, gives us an energy boost, and that means music has the power to make us more productive. Music also makes repetitive work more fun, which makes it just the ideal cleaning partner.

What’s interesting is that lyrics can be distracting if you are trying to focus on learning something. But with cleaning, you don’t have to, so you can play whatever you like. What’s more, playing familiar tracks will improve your focus.

Get your blood pumping with fast tracks

Fast evergreen classics like Michael Jackson’s Billy Jean, Madonna’s Papa Don’t Preach or Queen’s Another One Bites the Dust have that awesome rhythm that makes you move even if you try to fight it. You might even come up with some new dance moves!

What’s more, the faster you move, the faster you’ll get the job done. In fact, go ahead and sing along to your guilty pleasure – the time will just fly by. You’ll almost regret having finished scrubbing your bathroom midway through The Greatest Pop Hits of the ‘90s.

Find relaxation with serene melodies

Granted, slow music does not have the same effect on everyone, but there’s no harm in giving it a go. Try it, and polishing your silverware or making your wardrobe nice and tidy might actually make you more calm and relaxed. Still, if you feel that you’re on the verge of dozing off, go back to Lady Gaga and turn up the volume.

Go retro and dance to the radio (like no one’s watching)

The radio is a nearly (and unjustly) forgotten invention, yet all the modern gadgets have failed to render it obsolete. Turn it on and get cleaning as it plays in the background. You might find yourself amused at what you might hear on radio talk-shows, not to mention experience the real thrill of suddenly hearing an old song you loved growing up.

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We know cleaning is not your favorite thing in the world, but someone’s got to do it. Luckily, it doesn’t have to be you. Cleaning service Torrance can make cleaning an exciting time – by leaving you out of it. We’ll make your home spick-and-span, as you get ready for that live gig you’ve been dying to go to, so call us today!

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Cleaning Services Palos Verdes Helps You Find A Motivational Boost to Declutter Once And For All

Cleaning services Palos Verdes - motivation to declutterPerhaps you’ve tried convincing yourself (and your mom) that you actually enjoy the mess you’ve surrounded yourself with, that it’s cozy and artistic, that it makes you feel laid-back and free. However, messiness could be a sign of lacking self-control or something being amiss with your inner life. Cleaning services Palos Verdes will show you that thorough decluttering is not only worth every penny, but also immensely liberating.

 

In fact, your mental state could greatly benefit from decluttering, leaving you more resolved to better cope with everything else. And what better time than the beginning of the year to start with a clean slate.  What’s more, you’ll feel empowered for a vigorous, fresh start in just about every other aspect of your life. Here’s some tips from the pros at cleaning services Palos Verdes to help you get started!

 

You are what you think you are

 

Do you think that, as far as tidiness goes, you’re hopeless and that your living space is destined to be forever messy? Well, if that is so, you might be right. It turns out that if we believe that some things are deeply rooted in our very nature and can’t be helped, we get trapped.

Basically, if you consider yourself to be lazy, undisciplined, unmotivated, or lacking the willpower to see things through, you’ll most probably behave in line with that thinking. Instead, convince yourself that you can do whatever you set your mind on, and you’ll see that positivity come to life and manifest itself in your home and in your head.

As simple as can be – the 1- touch rule

Imagine never again being late due to having misplaced your favorite handbag or forgetting under which pile of stuff you left your car keys. Visualize the admiration on your friends’ faces while you proudly host a gathering in your decluttered and improved home.

The 1-touch rule is a clever shortcut that is easy to adapt to, and it’s really simple. As soon as you are finished using an item, put it back in its place, instead of procrastinating and changing its locations so many times that you no longer know how it got there, let alone where it belongs.

Baby steps

Take your time, clutter is annoying but perfectly manageable. Since it took a while for it to go from barely noticeable to completely unbearable, you’ll need to dedicate a decent amount of time to tackle it.

Don’t bite off more than you can chew, as being overly ambitious can backfire. Instead, deal with one room or one category of items at a time. That way, you’ll witness tangible progress, and that’s the best motivation.

Defeat clutter with premium cleaning services Palos Verdes

Some clutter may seem harmless, but it can swiftly get out of hand and take over. At that point, just thinking about tackling it will leave you utterly exhausted. Luckily, cleaning services Palos Verdes will show you where to start, or, better yet, do all the work for you and set you free. What’s more, with your home tidy and well-organized, you’ll be able to better focus on any substantial task at hand. Don’t let clutter win – get the upper hand and call us today!

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Organizing Your Cleaners: Cleaning Services Culver City Share Tips And Tricks

Cleaning services Culver City - organizing cleanersThe irony of having an abundance of cleaning supplies in your home, ranging from common household products to the more pricy cleaners, is that they can create an unsightly disorder in their own right. Clever organization of your cleaners will not only help you use available space in a more rational way, but also make cleaning much easier and more time-efficient. In fact, organizing your cleaning supplies is an essential part of an efficient cleaning routine. Professional cleaning services Culver City are another way to go, and here they share what years of experience have taught them – preparation is key.

Declutter and narrow down

Just like with your personal hygiene and beauty products, you probably have cleaning supplies you use on a daily or weekly basis, those you never use, and those you don’t even know you have. Another problem is they are probably scattered all over the place, or, even worse, jumbled together.

First things first – get rid of all the nearly empty containers and the cleaners well past their expiration date. Throw away any brooms or brushes that have been rendered practically useless over the years. They are inexpensive and should be replaced on regular basis for health reasons alone. Decluttering will ease your mental burden and narrowing it down to the essentials will make sorting and organizing them easier.

Categorize and tuck away

Depending on the storage space available, the easiest way to categorize your cleaning essentials is to have separate containers, say, a box or a bucket, designated for all the tools and products used in a certain room of the house. For the lucky ones with generous living space, having a neatly organized closet is an answer to all the questions, as you can put the cleaning supplies for each room in it.

For the rest of us who cannot afford to keep the supplies out of sight in such an effortless way, here’s a few helpful ideas:

  • a hanging shoe holder – put it behind the door of your closet or bathroom and you’ll have everything in plain sight;
  • bins and baskets under the kitchen/bathroom sink – use the back of the cabinet doors to suspend them and store kitchen or bathroom cleaning supplies right where you need them;
  • hooks – attached to the back of the cabinet door, you’ll be able to hang all your cleaning gloves and cloths;
  • a DIY pegboard – decorated to your liking and installed on the wall, it is great for getting brooms, dust pans and mops out of the way;
  • wire shelving – hang them behind the door of your closet to create ample storage space;
  • tension rods under the sink – hang all the spray cleaners and you’ll get extra storage space below.

Cleaning Services Culver City to the rescue!

Enjoy your time at home and never again be forced to spend an absurd amount of time merely prepping for house cleaning, only to feel  worn-out halfway through.  Cleaning Services Culver City spares you the dirty work and leaves your home spick-and-span. Call us today and let us make your life easier!

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Housekeeper Orange County Helps You Make Your New Year’s Resolutions’ List So That You Stick To It

Housekeeper Orange County - New Years resolutionsThe holiday season is a time to forget about the daily grind and focus instead on the good things in life. Now is the time for optimism and a fresh outlook on life. Embark on the journey into the exciting 2018 chapter of your life in style and hire a housekeeper Orange County to make your home life both better and easier. We’re here to remind you how to make a list of New Year’s resolutions so that you develop a stable and comforting year-round routine.

Boost your willpower

There’s nothing worse than being unable to keep a promise you’ve made to yourself. What’s more, the holiday season leaves us utterly exhausted and, once the euphoria is all used up, our willpower is nowhere to be found. The key is to not set that bar too high and take things one step at a time.

What you need to do is learn to focus on what’s certainly doable. For instance, if you wish to renovate your home in the following year, choose one room that’s a must. If you end up accomplishing more than that, great! If not, you’ll still feel like you did meet your goal.

Fulfilling what you’ve set your mind on will make you feel better about yourself, and in the end, that’s what really counts. The bottom line is that you’ll gradually strengthen your willpower and feel empowered to strive for more.

Get your priorities straight

By all means, your well-being should be your top priority. It’s not easy to say no to a dear friend inviting you for a cup of coffee or telling your boss that you can’t make it to this year’s office party. But in 2018, you simply must have enough time for yourself.

Time’s a precious commodity, so why waste it on catering to everyone else’s needs instead of your own? In the meantime, find an Orange County housekeeper that’s a keeper to have one less thing to worry about and do whatever you actually feel like doing instead.

Get active!

You’ve heard it all before – as soon as the holidays are over, you’ll definitely hit the gym. But, as you know all too well, this is easier said than done.  Being surrounded with devilishly delicious snacks every step of the way doesn’t help. What you need to do is nip it in the bud.

This 2-in-1 New Year’s resolution is more than just that – it’s a way of life. By being more physically active, you’ll be losing weight and feeling better about yourself. Even before the beginning of the New Year, get more physical. Whether it’s exercising, gardening or hiking, always be on the go!

Keep your New Year’s resolutions with your new Orange County housekeeper

Making a list of New Year’s resolutions is much more than a mere holiday tradition, and if you want to keep those resolutions, you need someone to lend you a helping hand. Our trusted housekeepers are here for you, and you can leave your home in their capable hands as you start making some real changes that will enrich your life in the year to come.

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