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The Definitive Guide to Airbnb Cleaning: Ensuring 5-Star Cleanliness

When it comes to Airbnb & short-term rentals, cleanliness is not just a necessity; it's a cornerstone of guest satisfaction. Based on the Airbnb Cleaning Handbook, let's explore an in-depth, room-by-room guide that ensures a pristine and welcoming experience for every guest.


Step 1: Preparation is Key 

  • Start by gathering all necessary cleaning supplies, including disinfectants, gloves, masks, and microfiber cloths. 

  • Ensure proper ventilation in each room before starting the cleaning process.

Step 2: Meticulous Dusting and Debris Removal 

  • Bedroom: Pay special attention to laundering linens at high temperatures and meticulously cleaning under the bed and furniture. 

  • Living Room: Focus on dusting all surfaces, including hard-to-reach areas like the tops of bookshelves and ceiling fans.

Step 3: Targeted Sanitization for Safety 

  • Kitchen: Disinfect countertops, appliance handles, and frequently touched items like kettle handles and spice jars. 

  • Bathroom: Use strong disinfectants for high-touch areas such as faucets, toilet handles, and showerheads.

Step 4: Thorough Review for Perfection 

  • Conduct a detailed check of each room, using a checklist to ensure no area is overlooked. 

  • Double-check areas prone to being missed, such as inside microwaves or under sink cabinets.

Step 5: Final Touches for a Warm Welcome 

  • Ensure every room is reset to a welcoming state, with all amenities restocked and decor neatly arranged. 

  • Perform a final walk-through, imagining yourself as a guest to ensure everything is up to standard.


Room-by-Room Breakdown:


In the Kitchen:

  • Clean inside refrigerators, ovens, and microwaves. 

  • Disinfect countertops, sinks, and cabinet handles.

Bathroom Brilliance: 

  • Thoroughly clean and sanitize toilets, showers, and bathtubs. 

  • Pay extra attention to mirrors, glass surfaces, and tile grout.

Bedroom Comfort: 

  • Ensure bed linens, pillows, and mattress covers are freshly laundered. 

  • Dust and clean all furniture, including inside drawers and wardrobes.

Living Room Details: 

  • Carefully clean upholstery, cushions, and any decorative items. 

  • Disinfect remote controls, light switches, and electronic devices.

Outdoor and Entryway Areas: 

  • Tidy up patios, balconies, and entrance areas, ensuring they are free of debris and welcoming. 

  • Clean door handles and any outdoor furniture.


A meticulous approach to cleaning not only enhances guest experiences but also reflects the high standards of your Airbnb rental. By following these detailed steps and ensuring each room is immaculately cleaned and sanitized, you're setting the stage for exceptional stays and glowing reviews.

For Airbnb hosts in Rhode Island, Air Hostd is the leading choice for professional cleaning services. By following our comprehensive cleaning guide, influenced by Airbnb's own standards, we guarantee a 5-star cleanliness for your property.

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