Cleaning Guide

Vacation Rental Cleaning Guide

Owning a vacation rental involves a variety of tasks to manage, one of the most important being providing a safe and clean environment for your guests. Travelers who are using a vacation rental home look for and expect a sanitary environment if they are going to be spending their time and money there instead of a hotel with a dedicated cleaning team. Each guest deserves a clean start for their comfort and sense of security and as an owner who relies on positive reviews for more business, you want to not only meet, but exceed cleanliness expectations.

Vacation rental cleaning is unique because it requires a more in depth cleaning in between each reservation to not only clean the space, but also prepare it for new guests. This deep clean also needs to be done in a short amount of time in order to quickly prepare the vacation rental for new guests and increase availability for more reservations.

To ensure an efficient and thorough clean each time, you’ll want to make a clear list of everything that needs to be done around your vacation rental. Each space will have unique needs depending on factors including the types of rooms, amenities available, and items offered, but here is a guide to get you started.

Living Room

  • Clean and disinfect all surfaces
  • Dust surfaces as needed
  • Make sure to reorganize the space
  • Have your guest welcome guide visible, replace as necessary


  • Clean and disinfect all surfaces
  • Strip the beds, then wash and replace all linens
  • Reorganize the room
  • Restock closets with extra blankets, hangars, and other items

Kitchen/Dining Room

  • Clean and disinfect all surfaces
  • Wash and sanitize all dishes, flatware, cups, cookware, and appliances
  • Refill dish soap and hand soap, replace paper towels, and provide dishwashing detergent
  • Empty and clean the refrigerator


  • Clean and disinfect all surfaces
  • Wash towels, hand towels, and other similar items
  • Check soap, refill if necessary
  • Replace back up toilet paper rolls as needed
  • Replace toiletries and organize bathroom items
  • Check for any items left behind by previous guests
  • Disinfect high touch surfaces like doorknobs
  • Vacuum, sweep, and mop all floors
  • Empty all garbage and recycling and replace bags
  • Check locks on doors and windows and make sure they open and close securely
  • Clean the inside of windows and glass doors
  • Open windows and use air fresheners or candles


Providing guests with reassurance that they are entering a clean and sterile environment is crucial to running a vacation rental. Hiring a cleaning company who specializes in vacation rentals can add to the appeal of your listing, while taking some of the work off your plate. Vacation rental cleaning companies will have their own specific checklists as well as tools, supplies, and protocols to address all your space’s cleaning needs, including ones you may not have thought of, to ensure a job well done. Vacation rental cleaning services can also address additional messes left behind by guests or other extra cleaning needs.

Pro Build Cleaning has the experience and specialized knowledge to clean your vacation rental to a high standard, leaving your guests impressed and secure in their choice of rental. Contact us today for more information.

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