11 Tips To Save Time and Clean Fast

A woman vacuuming the floor

Once you start vacation rental cleaning, you learn the difference between cleaning smartly and cleaning for the sake of cleaning. You understand that cleaning your home is not the same as hospitality cleaning. Here are a few tricks that can make cleaning a vacation rental more effective.

Slightly damp sheets stop wrinkles

To make sure the bed is wrinkle-free, there is no need to iron. Remove your cotton sheets from the dryer while they are still slightly damp. Spread them on the bed, then give the bed at least 15 minutes before placing other beddings on top. Ensure they are completely dry before spreading the comforter and other pillows on top.

Create a checklist

To ensure you do not miss anything, create a cleaning checklist. This is particularly important if you have a high occupancy rate with a minimum time for cleaning in between guests. When you are in a rush, it is easy to miss something. But if you have a list, then cleaning every angle becomes easy.

Mop floors last

Always mop the floors after you have cleaned up everything else. This includes dishes, furniture, sinks, counters, etc. Starting with the floor is counterproductive. Dust particles and other forms of dirt are likely to fall on the floor when cleaning up. So that means you may have to redo the floor when you are done.

Clean from top to bottom

When cleaning, avoid being all over. Always go top to bottom. This method works best because as you clean, dust and dirt fall to the bottom. So if it is the kitchen, do not clean the counter before the cupboard. Crumbs will fall on the clean counter, and you have to redo them.

Wear gloves

When doing a thorough cleaning, here are the reasons why you should put on some cleaning gloves.

  • Protect your skin from any harsh chemicals in the cleaning products
  • Provides a better grip when you are holding items
  • Ensures you do not touch gross stuff
  • Protect your nails from weakening

Using a microfiber cleaning cloth

To clean effectively and in a shorter time, use a microfiber cloth. It requires less manual labor to thoroughly clean something. Once you are done, simply clean it and store it for another time. It is also durable, taking time before showing signs of wear.

💡Microfiber overpowers cotton and can be washed a thousand times before losing its effectiveness. Microfiber mops and cloths use 95% less water and chemicals than cotton mops and cloths. Surfaces: For cleaning counters and stovetops, use a microfiber cloth. The tiny fibers attract more dirt and food residue than most fabrics.

Always have an extra set of clean sheets

Do not rely on one pair of sheets. Always have a pair of clean sheets in storage that you can change whenever a guest checks out.

🛑How many extra sheet sets do you need?
💡So, how many sheets do you require? When it comes to sheets, most experts agree that three is the magic number. According to Sharon Hines, a home organization and decluttering expert, you should aim for three sets per person in the house.

Using a bleach pen for small stubborn pains

Once in a while, you will encounter those stubborn stains, especially on your linen, that refuse to come out. A Clorox bleach pen will make the work easier for you by removing those stains.

Use a magic eraser to remove marks on walls

As the name suggests, a magic eraser will work like magic on your walls. It helps remove dirt or marks from walls, ensuring it looks as good as new. However, do not use it on finished wood surfaces. The abrasiveness can easily strip away the smooth finish, giving it a worn-out appearance.

Using vinegar to get rid of hard water stains

Vinegar is a natural household cleaner that can easily eliminate hard water stains. Spray a small amount on the stained surface, let it soak for 5 to 15 minutes, then wipe it. The vinegar breaks down the mineral particles, causing the surface to stain.

Steam clean the microwave with lemon

Instead of using a cleaning spray for your microwave, use lemon instead. It contains antibacterial and antifungal properties, making it an effective cleaning product. Fill a bowl with water, slice the lemon, then squeeze some juice into the bowl. You can put the rest of the lemon inside the bowl. Set the timer for 3 minutes, and then give the bowl another five minutes inside the microwave to work its magic. The steam and lemon acidity help dissolve dirt.

These easy tips can make vacation rental cleaning easier. Instead of working harder, you work smarter and end up with a clean space.

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