Vacation Rental House Cleaning Checklist

Use the Vacation Rental House Cleaning Checklist to streamline housekeeping, ensuring a thorough cleaning routine and a pristine property for guests.​

Vacation Rental House Cleaning Checklist



Supplies You May Need

1. Are the following supplies available? • A quality vacuum for carpets • A microfiber mop with both wet and dry pads for hardwood floors • Glass cleaner • All-purpose cleaner for the kitchen and even floors • Disinfectant for toilets, bathtubs, and other germ-prone areas • Plenty of microfiber cloths • A few scrub pads for extra stubborn grime • A pumice stone • A toilet brush • Wood polish to add the finishing touch


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General Cleaning And Common Areas

1. Are the light switches disinfected?


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2. Are the doorknobs cleaned?


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3. Are the cupboard handles wiped down?


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4. Is the refrigerator handle cleaned?


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5. Is the oven handle cleaned?


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6. Is the excess dirt checked under and around the rugs?


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7. Are cobwebs on light fixtures removed?


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8. Are cobwebs in corners addressed?


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9. Is the space between the couch cushions cleaned?


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10. Are the food in cupboards checked for and removed?


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Cleaning The Living Room

1. Are all remotes disinfected?


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2. Are all sofas vacuumed and wiped down beneath the cushions as well?


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3. Are light switches disinfected?


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4. Are the coffee tables dusted and disinfected?


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5. Is the TV screen cleaned?


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6. Are bookshelves and magazine racks kept tidy?


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7. Are throw pillow covers double-checked?


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8. Are all used throw blankets washed?


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9. Is it vacuumed underneath the furniture?


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10. Are area rugs removed when cleaning the floor?


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Cleaning The Kitchen

1. Are all clean dishes put away?


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2. Are "clean" dishes thoroughly checked for dried food?


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3. Is the microwave wiped down inside and outside?


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4. Is the oven and stove wiped down, with dirty drip pans removed and cleaned if necessary?


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5. Are fingerprints or smudges on cabinets cleaned off?


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6. Is the dirty garbage bag replaced with a clean one, if not done already?


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7. Are crumbs cleaned out from drawers?


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8. Is the refrigerator emptied, and the shelves wiped?


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9. Is the drain filter in the sink cleaned?


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10. Is the backsplash behind the counter and sink wiped?


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Cleaning The Dining Room

1. Is the food and grime cleaned out from between the table leaves?


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2. Is it checked under the table to ensure nothing is stuck to the bottom?


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3. Are dining room chairs wiped down?


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4. Are the crevasses and the curves of each chair deep-cleaned to remove any food or dirt?


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5. Are tablecloths washed?


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6. Are cloth napkins washed?


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7. Are the table and chairs moved aside while the floor is cleaned?


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8. Are child booster seats or highchairs cleaned and disinfected?


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9. Are overhead lights dusted off and cobwebs removed?


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10. Are centerpieces cleaned off thoroughly?


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Cleaning The Bathrooms

1. Is the entire toilet clean, including the bottom half?


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2. Is it clean behind the toilet?


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3. Is the faucet shined up using window cleaner or stainless steel cleaner?


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4. Is the mirror cleaned?


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5. Is the soap grime from the tub scrubbed thoroughly?


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6. Is it cleaned around the jets of the Jacuzzi tub?


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7. Is the hair out of the drain and off the walls?


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8. Are all towels and bathmats washed?


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9. Are decorations dusted off?


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10. Are all complimentary toiletry items replaced?


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Cleaning The Bedrooms

1. Are dirty linens of slept-in beds replaced with fresh ones?


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2. Is the bed skirt straightened out and replaced when needed?


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3. Is the mattress and headboard checked for lost items or garbage?


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4. Is the nightstand dusted?


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5. Are light fixtures, including small nightlights, dusted?


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6. Are bedposts disinfected?


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7. Are light switches or remotes disinfected?


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8. Is everything emptied from dressers and closets?


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9. Is under the bed checked for any left-behind items?


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10. When vacuuming the floor, is it ensured to clean the edges or furniture well with the nozzle?


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Cleaning The Laundry/Utility Room

1. Is the washing machine detergent tray cleaned out?


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2. Are soap or softener spills left on the washing machine cleaned up?


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3. Is the dryer lint cleaned out?


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4. Are knobs, buttons, and doors of the machines disinfected?


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5. Is the sink and anything in its drain cleaned out?


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6. Are complimentary laundry detergent, softener, or dryer sheets restocked?


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7. Are machines pulled out and swept behind them?


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8. Are supplies well labeled and organized?


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9. Are supplies dusting done around, underneath, and behind?


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10. Are laundry baskets or drying racks clean and ready to use?


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Cleaning Windows And Doors

1. If needed, is a professional hired to clean the exterior windows to ensure there are no streaks?


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2. Is the glass interior of the windows cleaned?


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3. Are the window frames cleaned?


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4. Is the window opened to clean dirt and bugs out of the track?


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5. Are interior screens cleaned off as well as the exterior?


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6. Are the tops of the curtain rods dusted off?


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7. Are curtains vacuumed and washed when needed?


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8. Are all door handles disinfected?


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9. Are door frames, especially the tops, dusted?


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10. Are kick plates of exterior doors cleaned?


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Cleaning The House Exterior

1. Are weeds pulled and debris removed from the garden?


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2. Are dust and bird droppings wiped off from lawn furniture?


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3. Are chair cushions washed down?


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4. Are railings wiped off?


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5. Are glass railings cleaned with window cleaner?


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6. Are leaves and other debris removed from the pool?


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7. Are safety railings or ladders leading into the pool disinfected?


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8. Are burnt-on food and drippings from the barbecue cleaned?


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9. Are patios swept out?


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10. Are outdoor eating areas and tables disinfected?


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During Your Guests’ Stay

1. Is the swimming pool cleaned?


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2. Are swimming pool bathrooms spotless?


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3. Are swimming pool changing rooms cleaned?


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4. Is the patio furniture cleaned?


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5. Are all shared spaces such as the kitchen cleaned?


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After Your Guests Depart

1. Is under the beds checked?


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2. Are dresser drawers opened?


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3. Are spills and smudges on kitchen appliances checked for?


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4. Are the refrigerator and freezer checked for leftovers?


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5. Are the shower and tub hair-free?


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6. Are glass doors checked for handprints and smears?


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7. Are bathroom sinks cleaned out from toothpaste or other dried-on products?


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8. Are “welcome” mats shaken out?


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9. Is the garbage in the kitchen, bathrooms, and bedrooms pulled out?


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10. Are dishes missed by guests washed?


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Check Every Month

1. Are porches and balconies swept off?


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2. Is the plumbing checked to ensure it works properly throughout the house?


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3. Are there no burnt-out light bulbs, including exterior lights?


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4. Are weeds pulled in the pathway?


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5. Are overgrown shrubs or flowers trimmed back?


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6. When looking at the vacation house, is there anything added to the monthly list?


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Check Every 3-6 Months

1. Are all doors and windows opened to air out the house?


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2. Is all the furniture dusted?


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3. Are cobwebs wiped away from walls and corners?


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4. Is behind the stove and refrigerator cleaned?


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5. Is under and behind sofas and living room furniture cleaned?


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Check Every Year

1. Are the marks on the walls spot-cleaned?


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2. Are stains in upholstery and carpet treated?


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3. Are chips in the paintwork touched up?


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4. Are scuffs on wood furniture treated?


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5. Are kitchen cupboards wiped down inside and out?


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