Vacation Rental Cleaning Checklist

Vacation Rental Cleaning Checklist

Tired of bad reviews caused by your housekeepers? Want a quick solution to 5-star reviews on AirBnB and VRBO? Provide this vacation rental cleaning checklist to your housekeepers. This post contains a cleaning checklist for vacation rental & airbnb hosts and owners. Cleaning your property for guests requires using the right checklist. Also, clean with the right chemicals and supplies to ensure a safe and sanitized home for incoming guests. While the checklist in this post is helpful, a full list is available in PDF format for free by clicking on the link below and subscribing to our blog.

Vacation Rental Cleaning Checklist


  • Load, run, empty the dishwasher and / or wash and dry dishes and put away in correct cabinets neatly and organized
  • Clean & sanitize all surfaces including countertops, tables, cabinets
  • Clean & sanitize all appliances (toaster, microwave, range, oven, phone, toaster, coffee maker, blender, etc) Note: please clean under toaster and empty crumbs
  • Sweep, vacuum, mop floors
  • Remove all food from refrigerator and pantry (please view appointment notes to see if any items stay)
  • Place a new paper towel roll, refill dish soap, 2 dishwashing packs, new sponge, 3 trash bags extra and replace trash bag in receptacle
Vacation Rental Cleaning Checklist Kitchen
Cleaning your kitchen properly is a sure way to earn 5-star reviews...Photo by Aaron Huber on Unsplash

Living Areas (applies to game room as well)

  • Sweep and mop floors (sweep and mop baseboards to take out dust)
  • Take out trash
  • Clean and polish windows and windowsills
  • Dust every surface, between chairs, underneath tables, entertainment center, lamps, fans, blinds
  • If gameroom, set pool table with triangle and pool balls, make an X with 2 available pool sticks, set other games so guests can start playing
Vacation Rental Cleaning Checklist Living Area
Dust the living area thoroughly, leave no stone unturned to prepare the perfect living area for your AirBnB guests - Photo by Michael Browning on Unsplash


  • Dust and clean all surfaces including all bedroom furniture, electronics, lamps, fans, blinds
  • Wash and change linens (wash flat, fitted, pillow cases, washable shams)
  • Remove stains on comforter if any - spray Febreeze linen one spray in air to fall on bed
  • Check under all beds for socks, underwear, toenails, tags, medicine, everything…
  • Take out trash
  • Clean, polish windows and windowsills
  • Vacuum floors before leaving to make triangle marks
Vacation Rental Cleaning Checklist Bedrooms
Clean sheets for happy guests...Photo by Toa Heftiba on Unsplash


  • Clean & sanitize all surfaces, including countertops, sink, toilet, & faucets (shiny)
  • Clean and polish mirror with Windex leave no streaks
  • Wash and change towels (2 bath towels, 2 wash cloths, 2 hand towels minimum)
  • Replenish soap bar, toilet paper roll, and put toilet strip on toilet
  • Take out trash clean and sanitize
  • Sweep and mop floor
  • Showers and bath tubs: use magic eraser if especially dirty, use bleach spray cleaner to take out mildew by spraying and let sit (be careful with carpet or rugs!) wipe all tile
  • Vacuum and make sure no hair left in the bathroom
Vacation Rental Cleaning Checklist Bathroom
Don't forget to make the bathrooms sparkly clean and inviting...Photo by Jose Soriano on Unsplash

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