Spring Cleaning Checklist for Your Vacation Rental

Spring Cleaning Checklist for Your Vacation Rental

Spring is right around the corner, and so is the busy vacation rental season. Is your rental in tip-top shape for the upcoming busy season? Hopefully you have already started the process of preparing your vacation rental for next season, and now you are thinking about sprucing things up with a thorough spring cleaning.

Deep cleaning paired with preventative maintenance helps set your vacation rental above the rest and gives your guests a lasting good impression of their stay. Whether you decide to do it yourself or employ the services of your housekeeping staff, a little extra elbow grease goes a long way.

Where to begin? We can help you with that. Here's a spring cleaning checklist for your vacation rental.

General Cleaning Tasks

  • Spot clean light fixtures, door knobs, walls
  • Dust decor (wash or wipe down where necessary) including knicknacks, picture frames, wall art, etc.
  • Dust ceiling fans
  • Dust baseboards
  • Steam clean carpets and floors
  • Check and replace batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
  • Check fire extinguisher
  • Check and replace air filters
  • Vacuum vents
  • Vacuum behind furniture
  • Vacuum dryer lint trap, clean inside of washing machine
  • Wash the windows, window dressings, blinds, curtains
  • Check the iron, clean if needed
  • Check light bulbs, replace if needed

    Cleaning supplies


  • Deep clean oven, wipe stovetop
  • Clean and deodorize dishwasher
  • Clean coffee maker with vinegar and water
  • Clean out and wipe down refrigerator and freezer
  • Clean out pantry items, check inventory, restock
  • Vacuum refrigerator condenser coils
  • Clean and deodorize the drains
  • Wash inside of garbage can, replace if needed
  • Wipe down all appliances
  • Replace sponges and necessary cleaning supplies if provided


  • Check towels and washcloths, replace if wornSpring cleaning vacation rental
  • Wash or wipe down shower curtains
  • Check shower curtain liner, replace if needed
  • Wash bathroom rugs
  • Vacuum and dust cabinets, under sink, in drawers
  • Wipe/fill liquid soap container and/or soap dish
  • Check and replace toilet brush if needed
  • Clean grout and tile
  • Clean shower doors


  • Inspect all bedding including pillows, linens, comforters, mattress pads and replace if needed
  • Wash all bedding and linens
  • Flip and rotate mattresses
  • Vacuum under beds and behind furniture
  • Wipe down walls and baseboards

Living Space

  • Steam clean upholstered furniture
  • Wash pillows
  • Wash area rugs, replace if worn

Outdoor Space

  • Power-wash exterior areas
  • Clean and inspect outdoor furniture
  • Clean doormats, replace if needed
  • Clean grill
  • Plant flowers, trim shrubbery
  • Check deck for cosmetic flaws, exposed nails, rotting wood

Downloadable & Printable Spring Cleaning Checklist

Are you a list person? Love to check-off your tasks? Then you can use this!

10 Vacation Rental Cleaning No-No's

Now that you've done all of that, we'll also share with you what vacation rental cleaning problems guests hate most. Make sure you don't have any of these issues! They are some of the most common issues found in vacation rentals, and ones that guests complain of most often.

Do a double-check on these items. Your guests will thank you.

Spring Cleaning

1. Hair on the floors or in drains
2. Mildew on shower curtains
3. Rust stains in toilets
4. Dirty stove, oven, toaster
5. Dirty grill
6. Dirt or food under cushions
7. Dust on ceiling fans
8. Dusty vents
9. Stained towels or sheets
10. Burned out light bulbs

Hopefully you're ready to go for the upcoming busy vacation rental season and that you've found the checklist and reminders helpful.

Happy spring cleaning!

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