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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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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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How To Master Do-It-Yourself Professional Housekeeping Skills

Master DIY cleaning services Long BeachOur household is a reflection of who we are. An impeccably clean household is not unattainable, although some help is always appreciated. Like cleaning services Long Beach will tell you – a no mess home requires a no-nonsense approach!

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Cleaning Service Lake Forest Tips: Make Cleaning With Kids Fun

Cleaning service Lake Forest tips: fun cleaning with kidsAs much as you love to pamper your adorable munchkins, it might be time to start teaching them responsibility. One way to do that is to get your kids involved in chores. An entire household to look after can really take its toll on the amount of quality time you spend with your kids. In addition to that, cleaning will teach your kids to be tidy and help them appreciate your hard work more. You can also leave the exasperating and difficult household tasks to a professional cleaning service Lake Forest and just do some light cleaning with your kids. Contrary to popular belief, by hiring a professional, you will teach them to respect people from all walks of life, plus they’ll still see the merit in taking part in some of the chores. You can try some unorthodox cleaning methods together to make cleaning more interesting. We’ve set up a list of suggestions for cleaning with kids that are both engaging and fun!

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Cleaning Service Santa Ana Says You Forgot to Clean This – Part 1

Neglected area according to cleaning service Santa Ana“I’ll go over that bit next week when I have more time” – does that sound familiar? That next week is almost never next week. We’re not trying to pin the blame, everyone lives a hectic life these days. Unfortunately, if you don’t follow up on your cleaning schedule, you’ll see dust and grime pile up in the areas you never get round to. And not only there. According to the experience of our professional cleaning service Santa Ana, there are spots in households that seem like no-one ever remembers to clean. Which are they?

Computer equipment & appliances

How often do you eat at the computer desk or in front of TV? Be aware that crumbs and food stains are bacteria magnets. Even if you fall in the admirable minority of those who don’t eat and switch channels or type at their computer keyboard, you should still clean the devices you use daily. The sheer amount of their use calls for this. What should you give a good wiping during the next cleaning?

  • Phones
  • Computer mice
  • Computer keyboard
  • Intercoms
  • Remote controls
  • Light switches

To thoroughly clean these areas, use a microfiber cloth and a cotton swab dipped in some rubbing alcohol to get in between the keys. If there are crumbs and loose debris in the key gaps, use a toothpick to get them out. Before you clean the keyboard, turn it upside down, so that crumbs, if any, fall out.

Before you clean these devices, make sure they are unplugged or that the batteries are taken out.

Tops of bathroom cabinets

Unless you’re as tall as an NBA player, you can’t see the dust that sits atop your bathroom cabinets. Well, as the saying goes – out of sight, out of mind. If you actually use the cabinet tops as extra storage space, it just means that dust will be more demanding to get rid of. Should you go the extra mile and clean this? Yes, you should (someone has to say it). If you just leave that dust be, the steam and hot air rising up will turn it into grime. And whatever dust doesn’t become grime will float around and settle in other places.

Door handles and knobs

Door handles and knobs don’t gather dust, but they collect germs and bacteria. When someone is ill, it’s especially important that you wipe door handles and knobs with some anti-bacterial agent. You should do this even when no one is ill, because we all spread germs regardless of whether we contract disease from them or not.

Tops of picture frames, picture rails and mirrors

It’s such a small and inconspicuous surface that it’s super easy to leave it to store dust. People are often stunned to see the incredible amounts of dust that can find home on top of picture frames and mirrors. If you remember to clean these, you’ll likely see less dust collecting in other, lower places in the room.

This is not all! Find out which other areas need your attention in Part 2 of this post.

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