2020 has had a strange Summer. For many that visit lakes area to vacation, the pandemic has changed a lot. If you run a lakeside resort or host an Airbnb, the season may have been difficult.
Keeping your rental property sanitized is of the utmost importance.
Here’s our guide on how to properly deep clean a rental property at this time:
As a landlord, safety, reliability, and stable structures are a must. Rental properties between tenants can require some serious deep cleaning. Dirty ductwork might just be the one thing you’ve overlooked.
Dirty ducts aren’t just an unpleasant thought; they can present health issues, especially if they contain mold, mildew, or other potentially hazardous allergens.
Do you trust rental properties? If tenants report unusual symptoms and believe those health issues are due to mold exposure, it’s a land lords duty to remedy it. Ductwork can harbor mold and mildew. Ducts should be inspected and cleaned regularly.
Unfortunately, mold issues in rental properties often go undetected. Once detected, remediation is a long, arduous, expensive process, and in severe cases, extensive renovations may be necessary.
A mold problem inside any of your rentals, schedule professional duct cleaning regularly. Every two years, a duct cleaning should be provided to tenants.
Deodorizing and UV Light Treatments
In early June, Airbnb’s share thier enhanced cleaning protocol to help hosts prepare for evolving guest needs during COVID-19. AirBnb rentals are still available during the pandemic but there are new requirements for guests and hosts alike.
If you’re continuing to host, it’s essential to revisit your cleaning routines and improve upon them.
Anyone can contract COVID-19 by touching a contaminated surface—like a doorknob or light switch.
24 hours is the reccomended time to obbserve before entering a space occupied by a person who one is unfamilair with.
Hosts partnering in the AirBnb Frontline Stays program are required to wait 72 hours between reservations.
The difference between cleaning and sanitizing
Cleaning and sanitizing are wholly different.
- Cleaning is the act of removing bacteria, dirt, and refuse.
- Sanitizing is when you chemically to reduce the number of germs and bacteria.
Here is the Rental Property Owners Guide to Cleaning:
Protective gear should be used while you clean:
Disposable gloves, aprons or gowns, and facial coverings can provide protection.
Ventilation: The CDC recommends using ventilating fans to increase air circulation while cleaning and sanitizing.
Wash hands: Use soap and water, and if that’s not possible, use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
Avoid touching your face: To prevent the spread of germs, the CDC recommends not touching your face, nose, and eyes.
Porous surfaces: Carefully remove any visible dirt or grime, then clean with the appropriate cleaners.
Empty the vacuum cleaner after every cleaning: You should wipe down the vacuum cleaner with disinfectant.
Helping guests protect themselves: Help encourage social distancing by offering self-check-in with a key lockbox or smart lock.
Telling guests about your enhanced cleaning routine:
Guests will want to know about the additional steps you’re taking to reduce the spread of infection. So it’s a good idea to mention your enhanced cleaning routine in your listing description. If you do, please be careful about the words you choose—while it’s okay to say that you’re taking extra care to sanitize your space due to COVID-19, you can’t make unsubstantiated claims, like calling your area “COVID-free.”
We hope you find these cleaning guidelines useful as you navigate hosting during this difficult time. We’ll continue to update our recommendations as the situation evolves.
This content is based on publicly available information from the CDC. The CDC does not endorse this content or Airbnb. Airbnb makes no representations or warranties of any kind, express or implied, about the completeness, accuracy, reliability, suitability, or availability concerning this content provided for any purpose. Any reliance you place on such information is therefore strictly at your own risk.
COVID-19 Cleaning Checklist:
- Light switches
- Remote controls
- Fan and lamp chains
- Window sills and window handles
- Ironing boards and irons
- Garbage and recycling bins
- Cabinet handles and pulls
- Appliances: oven, toaster, pressure cooker, coffee maker, etc.
- Condiments: oil, salt and pepper shakers, commonly used spices and containers, etc.
- Kitchenware that isn’t dishwasher safe: ceramic bowls, kids’ plasticware, etc.
- Hard-backed chairs
- Faucet handles
- Showers and tubs
- Shower curtains and doors
- Shampoo, conditioner, body wash, and soap dispensers
- Hangers and luggage racks
- Vacuum cleaners
- Washer/dryer units
- Portable cribs and playpens
- High chairs