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A Quick-Tips Guide to Cleaning Your Airbnb

As an Airbnb host, it’s crucial to ensure that your guests have an enjoyable and comfortable stay. One way to guarantee this is by providing a clean and tidy space. In this quick-tip guide, we’ll cover everything you need to know about cleaning your Airbnb, from creating a cleaning checklist to maintaining a high standard of cleanliness for your new rental property. Dive in with this quick-tip airbnb cleaning guide!

*For more general safety airbnb tips, check out our recent post 6 Airbnb Safety Tips Every Host Should Know.

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1. Understanding the Importance of Cleaning Your Airbnb

Cleaning your Airbnb is more than just making it look presentable. It’s potentially the most crucial part of providing a comfortable and safe space for your guests. A clean and hygienic space not only ensures a pleasant stay for your guests but also helps prevent the spread of germs and bacteria.

2. Creating an Airbnb Cleaning Checklist

A cleaning checklist is an essential tool for ensuring that every part of your Airbnb is cleaned to a high standard. Here’s what you should include on your quick-tip Airbnb cleaning checklist:

Cleaning Supplies You Need

Essential Cleaning Tasks

Vacuum cleaner

Dusting all surfaces, including furniture and decor

Mop and bucket

Cleaning mirrors and windows

Cleaning cloths and sponges

Scrubbing and disinfecting bathrooms, including toilets, sinks, and showers

Cleaning solutions (all-purpose cleaner, glass cleaner, bathroom cleaner, etc.)

Cleaning the kitchen, including appliances, countertops, and dishes


Changing bed linens and towels

Trash bags

Sweeping and mopping floors

Air fresheners

Emptying trash and recycling bins

3. Preparing for Guest Arrival

It’s very likely that your guests just landed from a flight, arrived by train, or driven several hours. They expect to arrive to a Airbnb is clean and tidy and here are some tips to help you prepare:

  1. Perform a thorough cleaning of the entire space, paying special attention to high-touch surfaces like doorknobs, light switches, and remote controls.

  2. Do a test check on all appliances, ensuring that they are in working order and that both, the kitchen and bathroom are stocked with necessary supplies such as: toilet paper, soap, and towels. Also check that the bathroom floor is dry from any previous nights stay.

  3. Leave a welcome note for your guests, along with any instructions or rules they need to know.

4. Deep Cleaning Your Airbnb

Regular deep cleaning is necessary to maintain a high standard of cleanliness in your Airbnb. Here are some deep cleaning tasks you should perform regularly:

  1. Dust and clean all surfaces, including baseboards and moldings.

  2. Clean the inside of appliances such as the refrigerator, oven, and microwave.

  3. Scrub and disinfect bathrooms, including showerheads, faucets, and tile grout.

  4. Wash all linens, including bed sheets, pillowcases, and towels.

  5. Clean and disinfect floors and carpets.

5. Maintaining Cleanliness During Guest Stays

Maintaining cleanliness during your guest’s stay is just as important as preparing for their arrival. Here are some tips to help you keep your Airbnb clean during their stay:

  1. Provide cleaning supplies such as a broom, dustpan, and cleaning cloths.

  2. Encourage guests to clean up after themselves, especially in the kitchen and bathroom.

  3. Schedule regular cleanings during extended stays.

6. Handling Cleaning After Check-Out

After your guests check out, it’s essential to perform a thorough cleaning of your Airbnb to prepare for the next guest. Here’s what you should do:

  1. Strip the beds and wash all linens, including bed sheets, pillowcases, and towels.

  2. Empty all trash and recycling bins.

  3. Clean and disinfect all surfaces, including countertops, furniture, and appliances.

  4. Sweep and mop all floors.

  5. Check for any damages or missing items and report them to Airbnb.

7. Tackling Tough Cleaning Challenges

Cleaning challenges can arise even with the most thorough cleaning routines. Here are some tips for tackling tough cleaning challenges:

Stains and Spills

  1. Act quickly to prevent stains from setting in.

  2. Blot up spills with a clean cloth or paper towel.

  3. Use a cleaning solution specifically designed for the type of stain or spill.


  1. Identify the source of the odor, such as dirty linens or food.

  2. Open windows and doors to air out the space.

  3. Use air fresheners or essential oils to mask the odor.

Bed Bugs

  1. Inspect bedding and furniture for signs of bed bugs.

  2. Wash all linens and clothing in hot water.

  3. Use a bed bug spray or call a professional exterminator if necessary.

8. Tips for Streamlining Your Airbnb Cleaning Routine

Cleaning your Airbnb can be time-consuming, but there are ways to streamline the process. Here are some tips:

  1. Keep cleaning supplies in a designated area.

  2. Use a cleaning caddy to carry supplies from room to room.

  3. Clean in a specific order, such as top to bottom or left to right.

  4. Use a vacuum with a HEPA filter to reduce dust and allergens.

  5. Consider investing in a robotic vacuum or mop to save time.

9. Hiring Professional Cleaning Services

If you don’t have the time or energy to clean your Airbnb yourself, hiring a professional cleaning service can be a great option. Here’s what you should consider:

  1. Look for a reputable cleaning service with experience cleaning vacation rentals.

  2. Get quotes from multiple services to compare pricing.

  3. Make sure the service is insured and bonded.

  4. Communicate your cleaning expectations clearly to the service.


Keeping your Airbnb clean is crucial for providing a comfortable and enjoyable experience for your guests. By following the tips and guidelines outlined in this guide, you can maintain a high standard of cleanliness in your Airbnb and ensure your guests have a fantastic stay.


Do I need to provide cleaning supplies for guests?

It’s a good idea to provide basic cleaning supplies, such as paper towels and cleaning sprays, for your guests to use during their stay.

Do I charge a cleaning fee for my Airbnb?

How often should I deep clean my Airbnb?

How can I remove tough stains from my Airbnb?

Can I hire professional cleaners for my Airbnb?

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