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Airbnb Cleaning Checklist

What to Include in Your Airbnb Cleaning Kit

Whether you are cleaning your Airbnb property yourself or hiring a cleaning crew, it is essential to have a well-stocked cleaning kit that is easily accessible. Many hosts find it convenient to organize their daily cleaning supplies in a simple 12-gallon bucket, allowing them to carry it from room to room.

Here is a list of items that should be included in your Airbnb cleaning kit:

  • Disinfectants for bathrooms and other germ-prone areas

Note: It is important to always keep chemicals in their original containers and avoid using hand-written labels, as per the regulations set by OSHA.

  • Detergent

  • Glass cleaner

  • Magic eraser

  • Microfiber rags

  • Multi-purpose spray

  • Razor blades or chisel

  • Scrub pads

  • Swiffer/mop and broom

  • Toilet brush

  • Paper towels

  • Vacuum

  • Wood polish (for that finishing touch!)

Cleaning Checklist

Now that you have your cleaning crew and cleaning kit ready, it's time to work through a comprehensive checklist to ensure every area of your property is thoroughly cleaned.


  • Change and replace towels

  • Check sink and shower drains for hair or clogs

  • Clean faucets

  • Clean shower

  • Ensure hand soap is available

  • Mop the floor

  • Remove trash

  • Scrub the toilet

  • Spray and rinse the shower and shower curtain

  • Sweep or vacuum

  • Perform a final scan of the room


  • Change and replace sheets and linens

  • Inspect closets

  • Remove any trash from the space and empty trash bins

  • Sweep/vacuum the space (including under the bed)

  • Wipe down blades of any fans

  • Wipe down windows

  • Perform a final scan of the room

Exterior of Property

If you have a landscaping crew, they can handle the exterior cleaning. However, for daily maintenance, consider the following:

  • Remove any trash or debris

  • Clean the BBQ grill or other outdoor cooking equipment

  • Disinfect any dining areas

  • Pull weeds

  • Shake out "Welcome" mats

  • Sweep the sitting/eating area

  • Wipe down patio furniture

  • Perform a final scan of the area


  • Check the refrigerator for leftover food or messes

  • Clean out crumbs or other messes from cabinets

  • Clean faucets

  • Clean and replace kitchen towels

  • Clean the sink

  • Empty or run the dishwasher as needed

  • Ensure hand soap is full

  • Remove trash

  • Wipe down counters and refrigerator shelves

  • Perform a final scan of the room

Laundry Room/Utility Room

  • Check and clean up any detergent spills

  • Ensure laundry baskets are clean and ready for use

  • Remove dryer lint

  • Wipe down the exterior of the washer and dryer (including buttons and knobs)

  • Perform a final scan of the room

Living/Family Room

  • Dust/wipe any furniture and high-touch surfaces

  • Inspect closets

  • Remove any trash from the space and empty trash bins

  • Sweep/vacuum the space (including under couches and tables)

  • Wipe down blades of any fans

  • Wipe down windows

  • Perform a final scan of the room


Restock the following items if necessary:

  • Coffee/tea

  • Dish soaps/hand soaps

  • Laundry detergent

  • Napkins/paper towels

  • Toiletries (shampoo/conditioner/body wash)

  • Trash bags

  • Make note of any other items that need restocking

Off-Season Cleaning Checklist

Depending on how frequently you rent out your property, there will be times when you have the opportunity to do deep cleans. Here is a checklist to utilize throughout the year:

Once a month:

  • Check for any burnt light bulbs

  • Check plumbing and faucets throughout the property

  • Trim any overgrown landscaping

  • Pull weeds from pathways or patio areas

Every 3-6 months:

  • Air out the property by opening windows and doors

  • Dust all furniture

  • Deep clean behind/under the refrigerator and stove

Once a year:

  • Empty and thoroughly wipe down all cabinets

  • Treat any light stains on the carpet or furniture (large stains should be treated immediately)

  • Repair paint chips

  • Treat scuffs on walls, counter space, or wooden furniture

Safety note: Whenever you are cleaning your property, it is important to prioritize your safety. Always wear cleaning gloves and goggles when necessary. Additionally, never mix bleach and ammonia products together, as they can create a harmful chlorine gas that endangers both you and your guests.

Keeping your Airbnb clean is a significant responsibility. By hiring a cleaning crew and streamlining the cleaning process, you will save ample amounts of time and reduce stress. Whether you choose to hire a crew or take on the task yourself, it is crucial to ensure that your property is spotless every time. Remember to purchase a strong cleaning kit, keep it well-stocked, and follow the comprehensive checklist provided above to guarantee that your guests arrive at a pristine property, ultimately earning you that coveted 5-star review!


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