Sample Vacation Rental Cleaning Checklist

Make a cleaning list for your vacation rental.
Make a cleaning list for your vacation rental. (Image: vacation image by Andrey Rakhmatullin from

After finding a housekeeping company to maintain your vacation rental, it is important to communicate your expectations to avoid future conflict. The cleaning staff must have a clear understanding of both how to clean the property and exactly what to clean. Discuss your standards with the staff. Post these expectation in the rental property as a reminder for each cleaning.

Living Room

Begin cleaning in the living room. Vacuum the carpets and mop the hard surface floors. Also vacuum the furniture, including the cushions. Dust the window sills, furniture, window blinds, ceiling fans and lamps. Wipe the glass doors clean.

Be sure to vacuum the furniture.
Be sure to vacuum the furniture. (Image: sofa image by Xavier MARCHANT from


Clean the kitchen by sanitizing all kitchen surfaces, appliances, table and chairs. Wipe out the inside of both the oven and microwave. Empty the refrigerator and wipe it clean. Scrub and mop the floor. Run the dishwasher and unload dishes. Restock the dish detergent, paper towels and trash bags. Lay out clean dishtowels and a new sponge. Last, take out the trash and put in a new trash bag.

Clean all kitchen surfaces.
Clean all kitchen surfaces. (Image: kitchen image by yong hong from


Wash all the sheets and make the beds in the bedroom. Wash all blankets and bedspreads at every tenth rental. Vacuum the floor, including under the beds. Dust the furniture and clean all mirrors and glass.

Make beds with fresh linens.
Make beds with fresh linens. (Image: bedroom image by ann triling from


Clean and sanitize all showers, bathtubs, toilets and sinks in the bathrooms. Wipe the mirrors and all other surfaces. Mop the floors. Remember to replenish the toilet paper, and take out the trash. Wash and set out clean linens including towels, washcloths and a bath mat.

Be sure to replenish the toilet paper.
Be sure to replenish the toilet paper. (Image: bathroom image by nutech21 from

Other Areas

Leave the washer and dryer are empty of clothing and clean out the lint trap. Look around the property, and change any necessary light bulbs. Change the air filter monthly. Wipe off all of the outdoor furniture and wipe the grill clean.

Scrub outdoor furniture before leaving.
Scrub outdoor furniture before leaving. (Image: Red patio furniture image by Scott Latham from

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