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How To Hire a Cleaning Service For Your Airbnb

Hiring the right Airbnb cleaning service is vital to receiving positive reviews and an Airbnb super host status. 

Below, we’ve put together a short guide on why you need an Airbnb cleaning service. It includes how to find the right service for your property, and what questions to ask in the hiring process. 

How To Hire a Cleaning Service For Your Airbnb
Airbnb hosts need high cleaning standards to earn five-star reviews and remain successful! 

Why Do I Need an Airbnb Cleaning Service? 

While Airbnb’s are quickly becoming a more popular option over hotel stays, guests still expect the same level of cleanliness, which is best achieved with a professional cleaning service. 

And if you’re hoping to become a Superhost, you’ll want your Airbnb so clean that your guests notice and mention it in their reviews. 

Hiring an Airbnb cleaning crew can be simple, affordable and even automated once you’ve set everything up. 

What Services Should a Cleaning Crew Provide? 

Often as a host, you won’t have the time to manage both the property and the cleaning. 

Automating a cleaning service will free up your time and energy to focus on securing bookings and giving your guests the best experience. 

Airbnb cleaning services should offer these essentials between all guest stays: 

  •     Making all of the beds 
  •     Cleaning and putting away any dishes 
  •     A thorough wash of the toilets, showers, and bathtubs 
  •     Emptying all bins and recycling 
  •     Sweeping, mopping, and hoovering 
  •     Wiping down counters and high-touch services such as door handles and light switches 

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Important Additional Services to Consider 

Above are the baseline of services a cleaning crew will offer. But to go above and beyond for your guests, look for services that offer these additions either within their flat rate or as add-on packages: 

  • Deep cleans: Once a month a cleaning crew does a thorough clean of the entire property that includes hard to reach or often overlooked places. 
  • Washing linens:  Having your cleaning crew take care of the laundry service can be helpful instead of sourcing this separately.   
  • Help with property damage: If the crew notices damage to the property, they will communicate it to the host, take photos, and potentially create a temporary solution. Having your cleaning crew take photos of the space between every guest can be a great way to keep track of any damages. 
  • Report inventory:  A cleaning crew can agree to report back to the host when the inventory on supplies is low.  

How Do I Find an Airbnb Cleaning Service? 

When hiring an Airbnb cleaning service, you can choose between a personal cleaner or a professional management service. 

A personal cleaner offers a more customisable experience, as you’ll be training one person to know the ins and outs of your property. However, if you are dependent on one person this can be problematic when they are sick or take holiday. 

Working with a property management service is great for high-quality and dependable scheduling but will likely be more expensive. 

Both options have their benefits and it really depends on the needs of your property. 

There are many options online for you to choose from. For example, we at Keey provide full-time management that includes a professional housekeeping service.  

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Cleaning Service For Your Airbnb
A cleaning service can save you time and energy! 

What Questions Should I Ask When Hiring an Airbnb Cleaning Service? 

When hiring an Airbnb cleaning service make sure to ask the following questions so you both know each other’s expectations and to see if they’re the right fit for your property. 

  • What are the scheduling requirements and notice time for the cleaning crew?

It’s important to work with a service that is organised and has a strong scheduling system in place. This is especially important for remote hosts who use self-check in. 

  • Does the cleaning crew have experience working with short-term rentals? 

Short-term rentals often have last-minute bookings, so ideally, you’d want to work with a cleaning crew who is familiar with this and used to the schedule changes. 

  • What is the turnaround time? 

A general rule of thumb is that a three-bedroom house should take 90 minutes for a cleaning crew to do a standard clean between guest bookings. 

  • Who will provide the cleaning supplies? 

Usually as a host you’ll be expected to buy the cleaning supplies in bulk and then store them in a locked cupboard for your cleaning crew.  

  • Are employees screened? 

Remember you’re giving the crew access to your personal property while you’re not there to supervise so it’s important to know each employee is trustworthy.  

  • Will you pay a flat fee or by the hour? 

Working with flat fee’s is better for budgeting as a host, usually a one-bedroom house for a basic service would be £150 per visit. 

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Hiring a cleaning crew for your Airbnb is a great way to free up time and become a better host for your guests. Once you find the right cleaning service for your property, you can relax and watch the positive reviews come through! 

For further advice on how to manage your Airbnb and hire a great cleaning crew, contact our experts at Keey today. 

6 Subtle Tips for Cleaning Your Airbnb

We’ve all heard the expression “cleanliness is next to godliness” at some point in our lives. When it was first used in the 17th century, its meaning was that those who are clean are seen as good. Even though it was largely used with religious undertones, the idea of cleanliness equalling goodness is certainly important in a world where we are now fully aware of the bacteria and viruses around us. This is even more pronounced following the Coronavirus pandemic in March of 2020

Your Airbnb will undoubtedly need to be seen as both good and clean. If it isn’t, then not just will you not be able gain new hosts and make a profit due to bad reviews, but – worst case scenario – you could be facing legal actions depending on the severity of the consequential health problems of your guests. 

No matter how thorough your cleaning might be, there can still be oversights. There are very subtle things you need to take note of and go the extra mile to ensure your property is sanitary. Here are six tips that can aid you with cleaning your Airbnb for when your guests arrive: 

1) Clean the light switches. 

Lightbulbs are a good example of something that can get easily overlooked. Then again, it’s only second nature that we enter a room that’s rather dimly lit or dark and we flip the light switch to brighten it. However, those switches have been touched by not just yourself, but countless other people, all with bare hands that carry millions of bacteria. It is being transferred to new people while also mixing with different bacteria to create even more. Not to mention a layer of dust that will naturally accumulate over time on the surface of the switches. 

But remember – be extremely careful when cleaning something electrical. A simple recommendation is that you only wipe the switch, but make sure that the cloth or tissue you use isn’t soaked in water or cleaning liquid. 

2) Avoid clutter. 

There’s nothing like having attention to detail. Possessing it shows how much effort you put into doing something, a characteristic that your guests will undeniably be looking out for. You’re probably thinking of placing an item—or several items—in the room a guest will be sleeping in. 

This is where you’re going to need to stop yourself. As nice and smart as it is to scatter charming knickknacks around a room, or maybe even a painting on a wall, it’s important that you don’t create clutter. If anything, leave the room as bare as possible to allow for the guest to make room for their own items. This will help it appear more welcoming for them. Also, your own clutter will gather dust after a while, so this is not advisable because of possible allergies. 

3) Don’t forget drains. 

Cleaning the oven is a nightmare. Cleaning the fridge is a nightmare. Cleaning the toilet is a nightmare. Those things are all unsettling to say the least, but similar to the latter, there is another thing that can perhaps make your stomach churn thinking about cleaning it: drains. 

Granted, toilets are actually drains themselves, but by this, we mean drains you have either in the sink or the bath/shower. Immediately, when you hear “bath/shower drain”, you can only picture the amount of hair you’ll be finding yourself dealing with. Whether it’s your own hair or someone else’s, it’s unquestionably repulsive to handle a wet bundle of locks that once belonged on a body somewhere. Similarly, the thought of handling old bits of food in the kitchen sink is also an unpleasant thought, so you can imagine what a drain must be like. 

The best way to clean a drain, especially if it’s become blocked, is to use hot water, baking soda, and cleaning vinegar.

4) Hair today, gone tomorrow. 

As mentioned in the previous tip, it’s not very nice to find someone else’s hair. It doesn’t even need to be down a drain; you could just be sitting down at a table, or on a sofa, and you come across some. They get everywhere

The best way to collect hairs is not by using your own hands, but a lint roller. As noted by Airbnb host Laura in Cottonwood, Arizona: 

“After I wash all the bedding, I take a lint roller to the sheets, pillowcases, and blankets. Clean bathroom floors on your hands and knees. It’s quicker and easier, and you won’t miss any hairs” 

Keep in mind, though, that it’s not just going to be human hair you’ll be dealing with. If you or your guests have pets you’ll find that these will be worse as there’ll be more of it. Unlike with human hair, dog hair should be cleaned away using a hoover and a wet sponge due to the larger quantity that you’ll be finding. 

5) Use the same cleaning product. 

To say “all-in-one” may conjure up thoughts relating to words frequently uttered in televised infomercials, but an all-in-one cleaning product is essential. It will save you money from buying different cleaning products and prevent you from accidentally mixing them; this could cause dangerous consequences and should be avoided at all costs. You can also look for cheaper alternatives opposed to big-name brands, something that should easily be found in a local cleaning shop. 

6) Finish old soap and shampoo. 

You should always use or dispose of half-used products before your guests arrive. Pretend you’ve just settled into another Airbnb or even a hotel room. You want to use the soap to wash your hands or help you clean yourself in the bath/shower, but what’s this? The bottle is almost empty, or the bar is practically miniscule. You would much prefer ones that are complete, new, and yet to be used, and your guests will hold a similar opinion. You’ll find that the toiletries you provide could make or break your Airbnb

In short 

There are certainly things that you can miss when it comes to cleaning your Airbnb. The important thing is just not to overlook the smaller details. They still exist, so it’s best to acknowledge them as well. If you ignore them, then a guest certainly won’t at some point. If one guest says their trip wasn’t clean in their review, this could put off a dozen others from even staying with you, so it’s always worth investing the time to make sure your property is as clean as possible. 

These six tips are a good way to ensure your guests are in a perfect and clean environment during their stay. There are many other smaller details that should be taken on board when cleaning your Airbnb, so if you would like to learn more, contact us at Keey today. 

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