10 Things for Housekeepers to Check During Cleaning

When it comes to short-term rentals, housekeeping just might be the make-it-or-break-it factor for your unit. The cleanliness of the property will impact the guest experience and success of your rental. Above and beyond the routine cleaning, sanitizing, and refreshing a home between guest stays, here are 10 things for housekeepers to ensure a 5-star cleaning process.  

Top 10 Things for Housekeepers to Check for 5-Star Feedback

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  1. Check smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors monthly, or per the manufacturer specifications and record the tests on a log. Always…safety first.
  2. Actively look for signs of bugs or critters. An experienced crew knows a bit about patterns of behavior, where to look for nests, and how to identify pest droppings.
  3. Empty the pantry and cabinets of opened food. Donate unopened non-perishables to a local food bank.
  4. Check for drafts, cracks, or holes on the exterior, especially around doors and windows.
  5. Service the filters. Have crews date and sign their initials on HVAC filters to easily document the service dates.
  6. Clean the air. Reduce indoor air pollution through use of air purifiers, particle air cleaners, ionizers, or ozone to remove lingering guest odors.
  7. Log supply use. In addition to simplifying inventory needs, budgeting, and streamlining re-supply runs, knowing the battery changes and light bulb use can help detect potential problems.
  8. Check remotes. In addition to sanitizing this high-touch item, verifying the functionality of each remote ensures a flawless experience for your guests.
  9. Empty the drains. Using a zip tool once a month can help reduce chances of build-ups that can lead to nasty smells, slow drains, or complete blockages.
  10. Close the bathroom door. Often the first time a guest will have a look around is after rushing into the bathroom, closing the door, and sitting down. Savvy cleaners understand that guests use and view all the spaces in a different way than they do and take the extra time to study each room from the guest’s perspective.

Learn more about iTrip’s cleaning procedures and connect with a professional rental manager.

Article by: Valerie Goodman, iTrip Operations Account Manager