Vacation Rental Cleaning Guide with Checklist: Everything You Need to Know

Vacation Rental Cleaning Guide with Checklist: Everything You Need to Know

Congratulations on securing bookings for your vacation rental! Now, to ensure the success and growth of your property management venture, it's crucial to go beyond just attracting guests. The key to maintaining success lies in the cleanliness and presentation of your properties. As the vacation rental industry evolves, meeting and exceeding guest expectations, particularly in terms of cleanliness, becomes paramount.

Here's how you can not only meet but surpass guest expectations through a comprehensive vacation rental cleaning routine:

Why Cleanliness Matters

Disarming even the most discerning guest begins with prioritizing cleanliness. Establishing and following a detailed cleaning routine will not only meet the current standards but also set a benchmark that keeps guests praising and confidently booking your properties throughout the year.

Recruiting Your Cleaning Crew & Local Team

Your cleaning crew is the backbone of your property management success. Depending on your inventory size, you may need a single cleaner or an entire crew. Determine your needs based on factors like the number of properties, average occupancy rate, and check-in/check-out policies. Here's a guide to help you recruit the right team:

Post a Job Listing: Example

Housekeeping Cleaner for Vacation Rentals and Homes

Incentives for Excellence and Dependability! Perfect for professionals with cleaning experience!


  • Available during the summer season.
  • Must be dependable and physically able to bend, kneel, stretch, and lift at least 30 lbs.
  • Previous residential cleaning or housekeeping experience (1 year or more) is required.


  • Clean/turn over vacation homes/condos between 10 AM - 4 PM.
  • Create a welcoming environment for guests and owners.
  • Ensure homes are cared for and cleaned to standard.
  • Make beds, set out towels, replenish toiletries, and maintain cleanliness.
  • Notify management of any damages or issues to homes.


  • Pay is per property/unit. The more efficient, the more pay you will average each hour.

Consider Professional Services:

If you prefer, opt for established cleaning services like Properly, offering convenient scheduling and customizable services through user-friendly apps.

Establishing Standards for Cleaning

Define your brand through consistent cleanliness standards. What can guests always expect when they book a stay with you? Be transparent and realistic about what you can consistently achieve. Your brand standard sets expectations, so commit to it while aiming to over-achieve. Clearly outline your guidelines for regular, seasonal, or periodic procedures.

Example Vacation Rental Cleaning Checklist

To ensure accountability and transparency, create a detailed cleaning checklist that outlines tasks and their frequency. Here's a sample checklist to get you started:

  • General Cleaning:

  • Dusting of all surfaces
  • Vacuuming carpets and cleaning floors
  • Emptying trash bins and replacing liners
  • Wiping down surfaces and furniture
  • Kitchen:

  • Cleaning and sanitizing countertops
  • Checking and cleaning appliances (refrigerator, microwave, oven)
  • Washing dishes and ensuring proper kitchenware placement
  • Bathrooms:

  • Cleaning and disinfecting sinks, toilets, and showers/bathtubs
  • Replacing used towels with clean ones
  • Refilling toiletries (soap, shampoo, toilet paper)
  • Bedrooms:

  • Changing bed linens and pillowcases
  • Dusting and cleaning surfaces
  • Checking and replenishing amenities (extra blankets, pillows)
  • Outdoor Spaces:

  • Sweeping patios and balconies
  • Cleaning outdoor furniture
  • Ensuring overall tidiness
  • Special Touches:

  • Adding any unique guest amenities or welcome gifts

By recruiting a reliable cleaning crew, establishing clear standards, and maintaining a thorough cleaning routine, you'll not only meet but exceed guest expectations, setting your vacation rental business up for long-term success. Happy hosting!

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