Vacation Rental Cleaning Checklist for a Spotless Stay

Cleanliness is one of the biggest pain points of short-term letting for both guests and hosts alike. For guests, a dirty home can ruin a vacation before it even begins. But for hosts, it can tarnish their whole business’ reputation.

To make sure you don’t forget a thing, vacation rental owners and property managers should always tackle big cleaning tasks with a clear game plan in mind. Whether you do the hard work yourself or have a team of professionals to help, it’s important to structure each task and how you will carry them out.

Keeping your vacation rental clean to the highest standards goes hand in hand with pleasing your guests and ensuring a great all-round experience. We’ve prepared this guide with a handy vacation rental cleaning checklist which you can use for your next deep clean.

General cleaning and common areas

There’s a big difference between a rental that feels cozy and lived-in, and one that’s just messy and unclean. And trust us, guests can tell the difference!

There are some spots around the home that owners can easily miss and forget to clean. Household items such as doorknobs, light switches and cupboard handles can get grubby quickly, so make sure to give these a once-over every time guests check out.


The exterior of your property is the first thing guests are going to see, so you want to give off an amazing impression and set the standard for the rest of the house.

Take care to remove any fallen leaves or branches from outdoors areas, regularly trim bushes and mow the lawn, and keep any exterior furniture in a good, clean condition.


One of the biggest reasons travelers are choosing vacation rentals over hotels nowadays is the added benefit of having a fully furnished kitchen. That’s why it’s a real shame if they open the oven to find it thick with grime and looking like it hasn’t been cleaned in months!

When it comes to the kitchen, be sure to clean the inside of each amenity – as well as wipe down and disinfect the outside. That means appliances, drawers, cupboards and worktops as a minimum. Make sure any long-life food is still in date, all spices, condiments and oils are looking good and always have a fresh supply of tea towels, sponges and other cleaning products on hand.


If your rental provides towels for your guests, it’s essential they’re in a great condition. The same applies for other bathroom basics such as shower curtains and bath mats.

We all know that mold can build up quite easily in bathrooms due to the damp conditions. Inspect all tiles or water-prone areas for any problems often, and re-seal them with silicone if necessary.


Where your guests rest their heads at the end of a long day on vacation is, quite possibly, the most important room of all. Getting a good night’s sleep is crucial for a relaxing getaway, and a clean bed (including mattress, pillows and cushions) is vital.

Investing in quality mattresses and linens is a must if you want them to last. You should have a minimum of two sets of bedding for each bed and check for faults (such as snags or stains) regularly.

These are just a few ideas to get started. For a more complete list of what you need to do each time you deep clean your property, download our free vacation rental cleaning checklist!

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