Airbnb cleaning, the service fees & Must have cleaning checklist rules.

Airbnb cleaning fees and guides for Melbourne, Sydney & Brisbane.

What is average cleaning fee for airbnb? In Australia the cleaning fee normally starts $50 and goes all the way up to $300+ depending on how many bedrooms, bathrooms and general areas that are used.

What are the airbnb cleaning rules?

Firstly there are NO SET RULES but below is a good guide for health and Safety.

1. Wear protective gear while you clean. 

2. Ventilate rooms before you clean.

3. Wash your hands thoroughly before and after each cleaning. 

4. Clean, then sanitize. 

5. Avoid touching your face while cleaning.

6. Use the right disinfectant.

7. Don’t forget about sofas, rugs, drapes, and other soft, porous surfaces. 

8. Wash all linens at the highest heat setting recommended by the manufacturer. 

9. Clean and sanitize laundry baskets and hampers.10. Empty the vacuum cleaner after every cleaning. 

10. While restocking your supplies, take a moment to check expiration dates.

11. Line trash cans.

12. Dispose of or wash your cleaning supplies.

13. Safely remove any cleaning gear.

Cleaning Checklist for AirBnb

1. Change linen & towels
2. Clean Kitchen
  • Wash and put away any dishes left out
  • Empty dishwasher
  • Check other appliances are empty, clean and functional
  • Check fridge – remove anything left behind by guests, wipe any spills, ensure consumables e.g. milk and condiments are re-stocked
  • Wipe down all kitchen benches
  • Clean and polish sink, taps and other hardware.
  • Empty bins
3. Clean Bathroom
  • Sanitise and clean toilet
  • Shine sink and mirrors
  • Spot clean shower: depending on how long your guests stayed, you may only need to wipe over the shower for most cleans and give it a deeper clean periodically.
  • Scrub glass shower screen and squeegee dry.
  • Don’t forget to check drainholes!
  • Empty bins
4. Re-stock consumables
  • What you choose to leave for your guests is up to you, but typically this would include:
tea, coffee, paper towel, bin liners, cling wrap, dish soap, sponges, facial tissues, toilet paper, hand soap, shampoo and conditioner, body wash.
5. Dust, Tidy, Reset
  • Spot dusting throughout: wipe down tables, surfaces, light switches and skirting boards where needed. While you’re doing the dusting, check that guests haven’t left anything behind.
  • Make sure all lights are working (keep some spare light bulbs handy!), taps aren’t dripping or leaking, fans, air conditioning and heaters work and maybe keep a lamp on for your late check-in guests!
  • Tidy & reset: stack magazines, plump up cushions, straighten rugs, arrange decor items, leave out guest information booklets, redraw blinds and curtains
6. Sweep, vacuum and mop
  • Depending on the type of floor you have, how dirty it is and how long your guest stayed, you may only need to spot vacuum or spot mop the floors.
  • If you have any outdoor areas, sweep up dirt, debris, leaves etc so your porches, balconies and outdoor entertaining areas are neat and tidy, and dirt isn’t tracked into the house.
7. Guest ready finishing touches
  • This might include any extra touches you leave for your guests, such as chocolates, wine, flowers, bread & cheese or vouchers. If you have a welcome board, get that set up with the guests’ names. Check keys are returned and ready.

Irrespective of who does the cleaning, to maintain a certain standard of cleanliness, you need to have an Airbnb cleaning checklist to follow during each changeover.

You can get away with everything else but not cleanliness. It is the single most crucial factor which can make or break your Airbnb business.

You cleaning checking should include what needs to be wiped in each room, how the pillows should be set up, and the kitchen utensils and appliances to be cleaned.

All areas of the house

  • Dust surfaces
  • Dust and hand wipe furniture tops
  • Dust baseboards, chair rails, and door panels
  • Dust ceiling fans (within reach)
  • Vacuum carpets
  • Vacuum and damp mop floors
  • Dust blinds, window sills, and lock ledges
  • Dust furniture
  • Dust pictures frames
  • Dust lamp and lamp shades
  • Dust and clean mirrors
  • Empty all trash

Bathrooms

  • Dust surfaces
  • Dust blinds, window sills, and lock ledges
  • Dust cabinets, door panels, and baseboards
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces
  • Spot clean cabinet fronts
  • Clean, disinfect, and shine showers and tubs
  • Clean and disinfect toilets inside and out
  • Clean and disinfect door knobs and switch plates
  • Shine fixtures
  • Vacuum and damp mop floors
  • Empty trash

Kitchen

  • Dust surfaces
  • Dust blinds, window sills, and lock ledges
  • Dust chair rails, cabinets, door panels, and baseboards
  • Dust top of refrigerator
  • Clean and disinfect counter tops
  • Spot clean cabinet fronts
  • Clean and disinfect door knobs and switch plates
  • Clean and disinfect sink
  • Clean and disinfect microwave inside and out
  • Clean, disinfect, and shine outside of oven and top of range
  • Clean, disinfect, and shine outside of dishwasher
  • Clean, disinfect, and shine outside of refrigerator
  • Clean and disinfect kitchen table
  • Vacuum and damp mop floors
  • Empty trash

Bedrooms

  • Dust surfaces
  • Dust and hand wipe furniture tops
  • Dust furniture
  • Dust baseboards, chair rails, and door panels
  • Dust blinds, window sills, and lock ledges
  • Vacuum carpets
  • Vacuum and damp mop floors (if non-carpet)
  • Change sheets (upon request)
  • Make beds (upon request)
  • Empty trash

Spring/Deep Cleaning Tasks

Everything included in the regular cleaning plus:

  • Damp wipe baseboards and window sills
  • Damp wipe door panels and frames
  • Vacuum upholstered furniture
  • Remove cobwebs
  • Damp wipe kitchen and bathroom cabinets

If all seems a bit too much we suggest using a airbnb management company in Sydney as they will organise all this for you for a 20% fee.