The Ultimate Vacation Rental, Holiday Let & Airbnb Cleaning Checklist – PLUS FREE PDF DOWNLOAD!

A sparkling clean STR not only enhances the overall appeal of your property but also sets the stage for memorable & positive reviews from your guests.

Airbnb cleaning checklist considerations

1. Pre-Arrival Preparation

Before your guests arrive, make sure you’ve completed these essential tasks:

  • Inspect the Property: Walk through the entire property to ensure everything is in place and in working order. Replace any broken or missing items.
  • Stock Up on Supplies: Ensure you have enough cleaning supplies, toiletries, fresh linens, towels, and other essentials.

2. General Cleaning:

These are the standard cleaning tasks that should be done after every guest checkout:

  • Dust and Vacuum: Dust all surfaces, including furniture, shelves, and decorations. Vacuum carpets and rugs thoroughly.
  • Sweep and Mop:  Sweep hard floors and mop with a suitable cleaner for a pristine finish.
  • Windows and Mirrors: Clean windows and mirrors using streak-free glass cleaner.
  • Rubbish Removal: Empty all rubbish bins and replace liners. Don’t forget to check outdoor bins if applicable.

3. Kitchen

The kitchen is a central part of any holiday rental. Ensure it’s spotless and ready for use:

  • Clean Appliances: Wipe down the refrigerator, oven, microwave, dishwasher, and any other appliances. Remember to clean the exterior as well as interior surfaces.
  • Countertops and Sink: Scrub the countertops and sink using appropriate cleaners to remove stains and debris.
  • Cabinets and Drawers: Check inside for any leftover items from previous guests and wipe down the interior and exterior surfaces.
  • Dishes and Utensils: Ensure all dishes, glasses, and utensils are cleaned and neatly organized.

4. Bedrooms:

Guests expect a clean and comfortable place to sleep. Here’s how to achieve that:

  • Change Linens: Replace bed linens, pillowcases, and covers with fresh, clean ones.
  • Dust and Vacuum: Dust all surfaces, including bedside tables and lamps. Vacuum under the beds and in corners.
  • Closet and Drawer Space: Ensure that closet and drawer spaces are clean and empty for your guests to use.


Changeover has put together a FREE to download Airbnb cleaning checklist to help you achieve the highest standards of cleanliness & guest satisfaction. See the beginning of this article.

5. Bathrooms

Bathrooms must be impeccable. Pay extra attention to these areas:

  • Toilet: Clean the toilet bowl, seat, and exterior surfaces. Replace toilet paper and provide fresh towels.
  • Shower and Bath: Scrub the shower and bath thoroughly, removing any soap scum or residue.
  • Sink and Countertop: Wipe down the sink and countertop. Check and refill soap dispensers.
  • Mirrors and Fixtures: Clean mirrors, faucets, and other fixtures until they shine.

6. Living Areas

The living areas are where guests relax and unwind, so they should be inviting and clean:

  • Furniture: Vacuum upholstered furniture and wipe down hard surfaces.
  • Electronics: Dust and clean electronic devices, remote controls, and entertainment systems.
  • Decorations: Clean and dust any decorative items to keep the space fresh.

7. Outdoor Areas

If your holiday let has outdoor spaces, ensure they’re well-maintained:

  • Patio/Balcony: Sweep and clean outdoor furniture. Ensure the area is free of debris.
  • BBQ (if applicable): Clean the grill thoroughly for guests who enjoy outdoor cooking.

8. Final Touches

Before your next guests arrive, add these final touches:

  • Air Freshening: Make sure the property has a pleasant scent. Avoid using strong fragrances that may trigger allergies.
  • Welcome Pack: Consider leaving a small welcome pack with information about the property, local attractions, and any rules or guidelines.

In Summary

By following this comprehensive holiday let and Airbnb cleaning checklist, you’ll create an inviting, clean, and comfortable environment that will leave a lasting positive impression on your guests. Remember, a well-maintained property not only boosts your reputation but also encourages repeat business and referrals, making your STR a sought-after destination for travelers.

Changeover is a clever platform that shares your guest calendar with your cleaners & then fully automates the scheduling & management of changeovers. Sit back & relax as it tracks progress & sends notifications to ensure that everything is completed smoothly & on time.

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