Since late February, early March, every city and town in the US has been impacted by COVID-19 in one way or another. For most of us, staying safe and healthy is our top priority. So, how do we go about protecting our guests during this pandemic from a cleaning standpoint?
How to protect your guests during the pandemic
For those of you who own vacation rental properties, keeping a clean room, house, or apartment, is extremely crucial for guests who are considering staying at your property. The CDC has come up with a set of guidelines on how to protect your cleaners, guests, and give you some peace of mind, without impacting your bookings.
- Masks and protective materials
*Latex gloves and disposable surgical masks can be found at all supermarkets/pharmacies. Make sure to dispose
after each use.
- Use CDC approved disinfectants that kill the virus.
Ex. Top brands include: Scrubbing bubbles, Clorox, Arm & Hammer, Fantastik, Lysol, Purell disinfectant wipes – which can be found at your local stores (Target, Walmart
- Use soap/water for kitchen, bathroom surfaces.
*Normal routine cleaning with soap and water will decrease how much of the virus is on surfaces and objects, which reduces the risk of exposure.
- Clean/disinfect high-touch surface areas:
(High traffic areas include: tables, hard-backed chairs, doorknobs, light switches, phones, tablets, touch screens, remote controls, keyboards, handles, desks, toilets, sinks) **These are worth making a part of your cleaning checklist)
- Air out property (open doors and windows) while cleaning
*This helps to improves ventilation
- Leave vacation rentals vacant 24-48 hours between guests
*This is a safety measure allowing the property to sit for a while in order to eliminate any and all viruses.
Plus, wouldn’t it be great to get a highlight on your listing? Check out Airbnb’s new updated cleaning process below:
Cleaning, disinfecting, and sanitizing: What are the differences? According to the CDC, cleaning with soap removes germs, disinfecting with chemicals kills germs, and sanitizing is cleaning and disinfecting, which lowers the numbers of germs on surfaces.
Why are cleaning procedures so important? If you are committed to making your guests feel at ease and protecting the health of your family at the same time, please consider following Airbnb’s enhanced cleaning protocol. Do you have properties listed on HomeAway? This protocol can also be applied towards your HomeAway/VRBO cleanings. This new protocol is a great way to incentivize you as host, as we adapt and adjust to this new “norm” in the vacation rental business. As America continues to reopen, we should do our utmost best to adapt these best practices in order to reduce our risk of COVID-19. We’re in this together!