It’s that time of year again. The snow is melting, and signs of life are beginning to re-emerge. Days are getting longer and there’s the promise of warm weather vacations around the corner.
It’s around this time of year that most of us get the itch to sweep out the cobwebs and do a complete top-to-bottom clean of our homes. This season, don’t let that urge stop at your primary residence! Deep cleaning is also a great idea for your vacation rental home.
Even if your property is being cleaned on a regular basis by your housekeeping company, you should do a deep clean at least twice a year to keep your home in great condition for your guests. And spring is an ideal time to give your property some TLC and make sure it’s ready for the busy summer travel season.
To get an idea of what a thorough spring cleaning should involve, we’ve found the top 8 focus points to do during a deep clean. So, without delay –
Don’t be grubby, LET’s Get Scrubby!
And remember, if you’re worried about the additional cost of a deep clean, consider this:
Schedule your cleaning to take place right after guests check out so that it’s still dirty. It saves you a little bit of money because you’re not paying for someone to come in and clean it again right after it’s been cleaned.
SHAMPOO OR STEAM CLEAN THE CARPETS
Steam cleaning your carpets is extremely important for vacation rentals. It’s not just you and your family using the vacation home – additional guests (and pets, if you allow them) contribute a lot of extra wear and tear.
Homes in the mountains that are near ski resorts take a beating as guests track in sand, salt, and snow on their boots throughout the winter. Carpet cleaning lifts those stains so your place is fresh and ready for summertime visitors.
WASH THE WINDOW TREATMENTS
Dust and allergens collect in your window treatments year-round. Make sure your guests can breath easy by taking down your drapes, curtains, and blinds to wash them at least once per year to reduce those irritants. This is even more important if you have windows near your kitchen or dining room because it’s likely there’s residual cooking grease on the curtains as well.
But if you use plastic blinds in your home, you might want to replace them once a year rather than washing them because it’s difficult to clean them thoroughly.
REMOVE AND CLEAN ALL LIGHT FIXTURES
There’s nothing that gives guests the sensation that a home has been neglected more than a dirty light fixture. When you switch on the light only to see dirt and dead bugs collected at the bottom of a globe light in the kitchen, your guests will no doubt get the impression that your property is a little worse for the wear.
During a spring clean, take all light fixtures down and wash them out to prevent any grime from building up. Replace any burnt out bulbs along the way and replace the fixtures spic and span. Your guests will greatly appreciate it.
CLEAR THE VENTS
Remove the covers to clean the vents for your HVAC and bathroom exhaust systems. Clean any dust that’s collected along the grates and replace filters that look old and dirty.
The longer you put off deep cleaning tasks, the more things start to come unraveled. The dull dirt continues to build over time. Your reviews go down. The property is no longer appealing.
A clean vent air isn’t something guests regularly notice and mention in a positive review, but a dirty one is something they are likely to mention in a negative review.
CLEAN OUT THE KITCHEN CABINETS AND DRAWERS
Remove everything from your cabinets and drawers and give them a thorough clean, inside and out.
Dust, crumbs, and stray hairs have a way of collecting in those dark corners, and spring cleaning is a great opportunity to do a thorough scourge to make sure everything is sparkling clean.
When you have everything out, you should also do an inventory check. Run through all of your silverware, utensils, cookware, glasses, and table settings. Make sure everything is accounted for and that you have enough supplies to accommodate the number of guests your property sleeps.
MOVE MAJOR APPLIANCES
Pull out your stove, refrigerator, washing machine, and dryer so you can clean behind them to clear away any dirt or debris that’s stuck back there.
While you’re at it, scrub down all surfaces on your appliances – especially those in the kitchen. Oven warming drawers should be taken out and cleaned thoroughly, and you should run a cleaning cycle on the oven to clear away any leftover cooking debris. You’ll also want to dismantle the shelves and drawers in your refrigerator and freezer so you can wash them to remove any built-up ice or spills.
TACKLE TIME-CONSUMING BATHROOM CLEANING PROJECTS
Most bathroom cleaning items will be taken care of during routine cleanings. Toilet scrubbing, mirror wiping, shower cleaning, and supply replenishing should be handled after every guest checks out.
However, there some tasks that will take more time to do and fall outside the boundaries of what’s covered in a typical cleaning.
For instance, if your property has a jacuzzi tub, it can take about 45 minutes to clean each tub. You have to remove all of the jetted components, then soak and clean them, in addition to running a cleaning cycle through the lines. These in-depth cleaning jobs are important for keeping your property in good working order, and they should reduce the need for more expensive maintenance down the road.
Now that your bathroom’s deep clean is done, it’s time to order and restock your favorite bathroom amenities from Custom Amenities. Continue with your favorite amenity collection or try something new for the season. And if you are tired of washing and replacing soiled linens, order a case of makeup remover wipes and start saving money in your bathroom budget.
DEEP CLEANING IS PREVENTATIVE MAINTENANCE
Remember, deep cleanings can have a huge impact on a vacation rental’s performance.
A vacation rental is a long-term investment. Think of it in terms of a vehicle. You have to regularly change the oil. You have to put new tires on the car. You have to change the brakes in order to keep your car running.
If you keep your property in great shape and conduct deep cleans a couple of times per year, you’ll protect your investment.
The reality is, you are going to have to spend some money out of pocket for a deep clean, but it’s a short-term sacrifice for a long-term gain.
The good news is that a well-maintained property is going to get better reviews, earn more bookings, and make more money in the long-run.
Did we miss any deep cleaning tips? Have something to add? We’d love to hear them in the comments!