Meta description: Don’t cut corners with changeovers. Follow our guesthouse cleaning checklist to give your next guests the best holiday experience.
Everybody loves to go on holiday, but nobody wants to arrive at their vacation destination to find dirty lodgings. That being said, we know how challenging and stressful it can be for owners of guesthouses, holiday cottages or B&Bs. Especially during the holiday season when the time between one guest leaving and another arriving in minutes.
In this time, you need to make sure that you do a thorough clean, check for damage, restock toiletries and other necessities, and generally eliminate any signs of another guest having been there the night before.
It may seem like a mammoth task, and you may be tempted to cut corners at times, but the repercussions of a bad review could actually hurt your business.
To make it easier on you, we’ve put together a guesthouse cleaning checklist to make sure that you don’t miss any of the final touches that will make your holiday accommodation a home away from home for your next guests.
- Be clear about your check in and check out times to make that sure you have an adequate window to do what needs to be done.
- Strip the beds, check the mattress covers and pillows for stains and damage, and replace with clean linen.
- It may be a good idea to schedule a mattress cleaning service to come in just before the holidays or during low season to make sure that your guest beds are free of mites and their allergens.
- Make sure all the bins, including those found in the bedroom and bathrooms, are emptied and wiped down inside and out. Once you’re done, replace old refuse with new, clean refuse bags.
- Tackle any hard to clean items like the oven and braai to make sure that all grime and residue is completely removed.
- Clean the kitchen thoroughly: wash all pots, pans, cutlery and utensils (restocking if necessary); empty the fridge and give it a good wipe down, and make sure that there is enough detergent, clean dishcloths and tea towels.
- Give all bathrooms special attention, especially showers, toilets and bathtubs – these will need a good scrub down. While you’re at it, check the plumbing for leaks or any other potential problems that will need tending to.
- Restock toilet paper and other toiletries
- Dust and wipe over all surfaces, not just the tables and counters (e.g. clocks, picture frames, shelves, fans, etc.).
- Don’t forget the outside: tidy up the flowerbeds, clear out any rubbish and wipe down garden furniture.
- Perform any routine maintenance: make sure all appliances are working optimally, replace light bulbs if needed and check that all remote controls are in working order.
- If you offer Wi-Fi, make sure that devices can connect easily and that instructions on how to access it are left in clear view.
- Lastly, clean the floors. Sweep, mop or vacuum diligently, making sure to move furniture and get under the bed.
Don’t do it yourself: Invest in the best
A stringent changeover plan not only makes sure your accommodation is spotless, it also improves guest satisfaction and avoids complaints about dirty rooms. Investing in professional hospitality cleaning services will save you a lot of time and hassle, as well as money in the long-term.
At The Specialists, we offer different levels of cleaning solutions, from basic hospitality housekeeping services to more specialised cleaning solutions for your deep cleaning needs. Save yourself the trouble this holiday season; get a quote from us today.