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Airbnb Cleaning Checklist

There is no doubt that an Airbnb cleaning checklist is helpful regardless of how hosts manage their vacation rental cleaning. Whether you want to clean your properties on your own or use Airbnb cleaning services, a detailed Airbnb cleaning checklist helps you to attract more five-star reviews. Since cleanliness is one of the biggest factors in guest satisfaction, relying on a cleaning checklist is even more important. 

Here is the checklist that our Airbnb cleaning company has put together for you: We’ll begin by discussing the tasks that apply to all parts of your house, then we’ll cover each room in detail.

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Airbnb Cleaning Checklist: General Rules

Here are some general cleaning tasks that you must complete every time before your next guest arrives:

  • Remove any items left behind from your house and store them in a safe place
  • Empty the trash cans
  • Sanitize high-touch areas such as light switches, doorknobs, and cupboard handles
  • Vacuum and sweep all the floors and carpets 
  • Launder and change all the sheets and towels
  • Dust and clean all the surfaces and furniture
  • Wipe down shelves and dust off decorative items
  • Clean and disinfect toilets, bathtubs, and showers 
  • Restock the supplies like toilet paper, hand soap, paper towels, trash bags, or any other supplies you offer. 
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Detailed Vacation Rental Cleaning Checklist

It is important to have a cleaning strategy in place for everything in your home, including high-traffic areas like the kitchen. The bathroom and kitchen are particularly important. You should also keep a list of cleaning tasks per room to make sure you don’t forget anything.

Kitchen Cleaning

Unlike hotels, short-term rentals have kitchens which is a huge advantage. Since this is where food is prepared, your kitchen must be hygienic. Here is the checklist our Airbnb cleaners use for kitchens:

  • Clean the inside of all kitchen appliances and wipe them down and disinfect their exteriors (Don’t forget the oven, microwave,  and dishwasher)
  • Make sure the oven racks and drip pans are clean
  • Wipe down the stovetop
  • Clean the drain filter in the sink
  • Wipe down and sanitize the inside and outside of drawers and cabinets (make sure that there are no crumbs)
  • Clean and disinfect all countertops and backsplashes
  • Check that all dishes are clean and put in the correct cupboard or drawer
  • Empty the refrigerator and clean and disinfect all of its shelves
  • Make sure the sponges and tea towels are clean
  • Clean the trash cans and remove the garbage
  • Mop and sweep the floor
  • Clean the blinds and curtains
  • Wipe down and disinfect light switches.

Living Room Cleaning

Guests spend the majority of their time in your Airbnb’s living room. Therefore, you should make sure that it’s inviting and relaxing. Our Airbnb cleaning services include the following tasks: 

  • Clean the TV screen and disinfect the remote 
  • Dust other electronics like game consoles
  • Dust the coffee table and side tables
  • Make sure the sofa and chairs are vacuumed (don’t forget to vacuum the space between the seating cushions and beneath the individual cushions)
  • Wash and launder curtains and blinds
  • Dust the shelves and decorative items
  • Organize and sort miscellaneous items
  • Clean the mirrors
  • Mop and vacuum the floor (be sure to clean under the rugs and furniture too)
  • Clean the blinds and curtains
  • Wipe down and disinfect light switches and doorknobs.

Bedroom Cleaning

As the quality of your guests’ sleep affects the quality of their stay, you should take every precaution to make sure there are no unexpected surprises. We use the following checklist in our Airbnb enhanced cleaning services: 

  • Make sure the bedding has no rips or stains
  • Wash and launder the dirty linen and replace them with fresh ones
  • Make the bed
  • Clean the space between the headboard and mattress
  • Make sure under the bed is clean (also check for left-behind items)
  • Wipe down and sanitize the bedside tables
  • Empty and clean all the dressers, closets, and drawers
  • Mop the floor or vacuum the carpet
  • Clean the blinds and curtains
  • Wipe down and disinfect light switches.

Bathroom Cleaning

Guests are often critical of bathrooms. So, you should double-check your bathroom to ensure it’s sparkling clean. Our Airbnb cleaning services include the following tasks for the kitchen:

  • Clean and disinfect the entire toilet ( the seat, lid, bowl, and tank)
  • Wash and sanitize the toilet brush
  • Disinfect and clean the shower (Don’t forget to check your shower curtain)
  • Clean and sanitize the sink
  • Make sure there are no hairs in the drains
  • Make sure all the taps and showerhead are clean and smudge-free using a stainless steel cleaner
  • Wipe down and clean all the mirrors
  • Wash and replace all the towels
  • Clean and replace the shower mats
  • Clean the floor with a mop
  • Make sure the bathroom cabinets and drawers are clean and restocked
  • Look for signs of mold
  • Clean the blinds and curtains
  • Wipe down and disinfect light switches.

Laundry Room Cleaning

If your guests are welcome to use your laundry room, make sure it is guest-friendly and spotless. Here is what our Airbnb cleaners typically do: 

  • Clean the inside and outside of the washing machine ( check the detergent tray too)
  • Clear the lint filter
  • Disinfect light switches and buttons or knobs of the appliances
  • Refill the detergent
  • Clean the area between and behind the dryer and washing machine
  • Make sure all supplies are clean
  • Mop the floor, and don’t forget under the washer and drier

Home Exterior Cleaning

Hosts often forget to maintain the exterior of their properties regularly, and that’s a good reason to use professional cleaning services. Plus, since guests first see this, it’s even more important to keep it in good condition.

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  • Clean the windows and their frames
  • Disinfect all outdoor eating areas
  • Clean the barbecue
  • Empty the trash bins and line them with clean plastic bags
  • Wash and replace the chair cushions
  • If you have patio furniture, clean it
  • Sweep and mop the patio
  • Clean and disinfect safety railings
  • Wash and replace chair cushions
  • Get rid of weeds, branches, sticks, and leaves
  • Make sure the pool is clean.


Keeping your vacation rental clean has always been a priority, but the COVID-19 pandemic placed it in the spotlight. These checklists can help with your vacation rental cleaning, so can you offer a more sanitary, organized, and hospitable to your guests.

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    An Airbnb cleaning checklist is important because cleanliness is a significant factor in guest satisfaction. Following a detailed cleaning checklist helps hosts attract more five-star reviews and ensures that the property is clean and ready for the next guest.

    To ensure a clean and comfortable bedroom for Airbnb guests, the checklist includes checking bedding for rips or stains, laundering and replacing dirty linen, making the bed, cleaning the space between the headboard and mattress, sanitizing bedside tables, emptying and cleaning dressers and closets, and more.

    The kitchen is an important area to focus on when cleaning an Airbnb rental because it is where food is prepared. Maintaining a hygienic kitchen is crucial for guest safety and satisfaction. The checklist for kitchen cleaning includes cleaning appliances, countertops, cabinets, dishes, refrigerator, sink, floors, and more.

    For Airbnb cleaning services in and near Arlington Heights, Illinois, you can get in touch with our cleaning company and request a free estimate.