Vacation Rental Cleaning Tips to Help You Relax

Vacation Rental Cleaning Tips Summer is here, which means it’s time for vacation! Where are you off to this year? A condo on the beach? Or maybe a secluded cabin in the woods? Regardless of where you go, if you’re staying at a vacation rental, you should be ready to do a little cleaning when you arrive.

True, housekeeping after a flight or long car drive is probably the last thing you want to do. However, it can help you get your home away from home set up. That way you can enjoy the space without worrying about who’s been there before you.

Check out the following vacation rental cleaning tips so that you know what to take care of as soon as you arrive.

Check the Trash

Your rental host or the previous guests may have forgotten to carry out their trash before they left. Take a minute to check all the trash cans in the house to see that they’ve been emptied. Next, locate the replacement bin liners so you can start off fresh.

Do Some Light Kitchen Cleaning

The kitchen will be the room you want to focus most of your vacation rental cleaning attention on. After all, ocean swims, hikes and other summer adventures equal increased appetites meaning this room will see a lot of traffic. Our kitchen cleaning checklist can help you make sure your family or friends are eating off clean surfaces and utensils.

Kitchen cleaning checklist

  1. Make sure the inside of the microwave is clean.
  2. Clean the kitchen sponge by wetting it thoroughly and microwaving it for a minute or two. Keep an eye on the sponge in the microwave and let it cool before removing it - it will be hot!
  3. Give the inside of the fridge and freezer a once over to make sure no food items have been left behind.
  4. Wipe down all surfaces, including countertops, stovetops and sinks.
  5. Check dishes, glasses and frequently used pots, pans or cutting boards to make sure the previous renters cleaned them well.
  6. If you find any dirty dishes that you’ll use regularly, give them a good hand washing or place them in the dishwasher.

Head to the Bathroom

The bathroom should be in pretty good shape. That being said, it couldn’t hurt to wipe down countertops, especially if you’ll be spreading out toiletries and toothbrushes. In addition, you might also want to quickly wipe down the sink and shower knobs, as well as the toilet handle.

Take it Outside

If your rental has an outdoor area, it’s worth it to spend a few minutes tidying up. If you can easily locate an outdoor broom, start by giving the space a good sweeping, Then, give any outdoor furniture a quick wipe. Hopefully, the grill and any deck chairs or tables have been left reasonably clean and should be ready to go after a quick once over with a cloth or towel. However, if outdoor items need some extra attention, you can clean them using the following instructions:



Vacation rental cleaning probably isn’t anyone’s idea of a good time. However, taking thirty minutes to an hour to get your temporary digs in working order is well worth it when you can relax knowing the cups your family is drinking from have been personally cleaned by you.


Want more tips to help keep your summer neat and tidy? Our summer cleaning checklist can come in handy both at home or on vacation.


And if you own a vacation rental property and need help cleaning after guests, contact your local Merry Maids to see if they can be of service. We’re happy to take care of vacation rental cleaning so that you can go on living your life.

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