Vacation Rental Cleaning Checklist: step by step guide

Vacation Rental Cleaning Checklist: step by step guide

Maintaining consistency with cleanliness requires a reliable cleaning checklist, regardless of who is doing the cleaning. Vacation rental guests place the greatest importance on cleanliness when booking their accommodations.

If you want your vacation rental business to succeed, cleanliness is essential. This checklist will help ensure that there are no guest complaints about cleanliness, whether you have had complaints before or not.

A vacation rental cleaning checklist should cover a number of items, ranging from how rooms should be set up and to the cleanliness of kitchen utensils. 

Create a team

You should start by researching how to form a cleaning team before establishing a cleaning checklist. You can either form this team yourself or hire professionals with linen service. It is more of a preference when it comes to this step, so there is no right or wrong way.

While it may seem expensive to hire someone to clean for you, it can help free up your time to focus on other aspects of running your business. It also allows you to scale your business if that is something you are looking at doing. 

TurnoverBnB is a great resource for finding cleaners near you. You can search for cleaners by area. As another feature of Lodgable’s software is a cleaning suite that grants your cleaners access to your calendars without allowing them access to other confidential information.

Create your Vacation Rental Cleaning Checklist

You need to spend a little time going over your checklist to ensure that you are not overlooking any steps. 

Here are some of the most important steps to include in your checklist. 

    • Make beds with new linens


    • A clean toilet, shower, and bathtub


    • Organize appliances and clean dishes 


    • Floors should be swept and mopped


    • Take out the trash 


    • Tables and countertops should be wiped down


    • Make sure that door handles, light switches, and other high touchpoints are clean


    • Stock up on toiletries and other supplies 


  • Do a damage check

The following items should be checked between each stay. It is also a good idea to make a cleaning checklist for deep cleaning. Whether it is a monthly deep clean or a couple of times a year, this is something that should be done. 

Vacation Rental cleaning checklist- deep clean

    • Carpet shampooing


    • Cabinets need to be cleaned 


    • Clean fans and lights


    • Clean sofas and upholstered furniture 


    • All windows must be cleaned inside and out 


    • Keep doors clean by wiping them down


    • Cleaning under oven and refrigerator


    • Washing of mattress covers


    • Cleaning high and hard to reach surfaces


  • Cleaning kitchen appliances

When hiring a cleaner it is best to have a written contract with them with clearly stated responsibilities and expectations. You can include your checklists in this contract. 

Quality checks

In order to help ensure that things are not getting missed and overlooked it is a great idea to do quality checks. This process can be short and will help you to catch things that your cleaners may have missed. This is also a really good time to double-check out your furniture and appliances.

Keep Cleaning supplies stocked

Make sure to always be keeping your cleaning supplies full and ready to go. There are many things that you will go through more often than others. It is important to not rely on your cleaners to tell you when they are going to be out because by then it could be too late. 

One strategy we recommend is to just have your cleaners buy supplies when they need them and email the receipt to you to be reimbursed. This is a great strategy to make sure that your cleaners are staying on top of their supplies. 


Making a vacation rental cleaning checklist should be at the top of your to-do list. It makes it so much easier and will keep your guests always happy. They will be assured that they will be able to receive a cleaning experience comparable to a 5-star hotel.

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