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Make Vacation Rental Cleaning Easy and Efficient with This Guide

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Vacation rental cleaning can be challenging, especially if you’re dealing with large numbers of vacationers each season. Fortunately, there are ways to make it easier, quicker, and more efficient. With the proper preparation, approaches, and tools, you can have your vacation rentals ready for guests in no time. Read and bookmark this guide to help you make vacation rental cleaning more manageable and efficient.

1. Prepare Ahead of Time

One way to make vacation rental cleaning more efficient is to plan ahead. Set up a detailed cleaning schedule and stick to it. It should delineate what needs to be done daily, weekly, and seasonally and when it needs to be done (i.e. turn down beds and tidy up bathrooms vs. full deep cleaning or outdoor cleaning). This allows you to divide the work and have a clear plan.

Additionally, make sure your cleaning supplies are well stocked. You don’t want to run back and forth for additional supplies during cleaning. Aim for strategic, regular restocking of supplies to ensure adequate levels.

2. Clean in Reverse Order

When you actually begin executing the cleaning plan, start the process from the top and work your way down (or from the most intensive tasks to the simplest). This prevents any necessary items from becoming “trapped” by subsequent tasks and allows you to quickly and systematically work your way through the cleaning.

3. Bring a Team

Having an extra set of hands for vacation rental cleaning can be immensely helpful. When multiple people focus on different cleaning tasks, the process can become quicker and more efficient. Plus, having a partner or two that regularly assist you can be helpful to keep up with the cleaning schedule. 

With enough people, you can even create a rotating team of cleaners to help each other with different roles and have someone pick up the slack if an individual falls behind. 

4. Use High-Quality Tools and Supplies

When it comes to vacation rental cleaning, it pays to use high-quality tools and supplies. Poor-quality tools and supplies can cost more in the long run and are more likely to damage surfaces and take longer. Invest in high-quality vacuum cleaners and mops, as well as all-purpose cleaners, disinfectant cleaners, scrubbing pads, sponges, rags, and applicators.

If possible, opt for eco-friendly cleaners and supplies. These can still get the job done efficiently and effectively but without any of the added environmental stress of traditional cleaners.

5. Focus on High-Traffic Areas

When cleaning a vacation rental, there’s a natural tendency to focus on giving the most attention to bathrooms, kitchens, and bedrooms. However, high-traffic areas often need the most frequent cleaning and attention. Spend a bit of extra time cleaning up these spots — such as door frames, light switches, the refrigerator door handle, or other easily touched surfaces.

That way, you can quickly tackle dirt and dust accumulation, reduce bacteria exposure, and make the rental look and smell fresh.

6. Tackle Specialized Areas

Finally, don’t forget to tackle the specialized areas of vacation rental cleaning — such as the kitchen, bathrooms, interior and exterior windows, carpets, curtains, and pet-related messes. Depending on the situation, you may want to hire a professional cleaner or use specialized tools to complete these tasks as quickly and efficiently as possible.


Vacation rental cleaning doesn’t have to be an impossible task. By preparing ahead of time, cleaning in reverse order, bringing in an extra set of hands, and focusing on high-traffic and specialized areas, you can have your vacation rental ready for guests in no time. The cleaning process can be a breeze with the right tools and supplies.

Inside Out Cleaning is a cleaning company that utilizes top-of-the-line products and equipment to ensure your space is pristine and ready for guests. Our experienced and reliable cleaning staff is always committed to providing exceptional service. Don’t forget to contact us to inquire about the rates and availability of our house cleaning services.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can I cancel any time?

There are never contracts or obligations when working with InsideOut Cleaning. You can cancel an appointment at any time. The only thing we ask is if you have to reschedule for any reason, let us know at least 48 hours in advance. There is a $60 cancellation fee for cancellations that occur 48 hours before the arrival time of the appointment.

What happens if I’m not happy with my cleaning?
If something is not done to your expectations, please let us know. We’ll send a team out to make it right (within a 7 day window). If and only after our re-clean is completed – you’re still not happy with our service, we offer a full refund.
How long will it take to clean my house?
The time needed for a home cleaning can vary based on many factors. These include the condition and size of the home, extras, and which team we send since some cleaners clean faster than others.
How do I book a cleaning service?

You can go to our Book Now page and book directly online or you can give us a call and someone at the office will book it for you.

How many people will arrive to clean my home?

The size of the team we send may vary. Most of our teams are teams of two people. Depending on the size of the job we may send a team as small as one or as large as three depending on the requirements. If you feel you require a team of a certain size, please request that in the comments for the booking or call and let us know. We’ll always do our best to accommodate.

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