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    Stock up on these cleaning supplies

    Here’s what you need to clean, sanitize, and prep your space for the next guest.
    By Airbnb on 4 Jun 2020
    3 min read
    Updated 5 Aug 2020

    Highlights

    • Make sure you have everything you need before you start cleaning

    • Stock up on protective gear, cleaning equipment, and chemical solutions—and provide supplies so guests can clean too

    • When you’re done, replenish supplies so you can be ready for the next guest

    Are you ready to take your cleaning to the next level? As part of Airbnb’s enhanced cleaning protocol, we’ve put together a list of recommended supplies, from protective gear to cleaning products for guests. Here are some items to stock up on—whether you commit to the protocol and agree to use these products every time, or you just want to clean more effectively.

    Protective gear

    You can help reduce your exposure to germs and chemicals by using the following equipment while cleaning:

    • Disposable gloves (one pair for every room in the house)
    • Mask or cloth facial covering
    • Safety glasses (for cleaning the bathroom)
    • Apron or gown
    • Shoe coverings (recommended)

    Equipment

    With some basic supplies, you’ll be able to efficiently make your way through the cleaning process. Here’s what you need:

    • Broom
    • Bucket
    • Duster
    • Dustpan
    • Garbage bags
    • Microfiber cloths
    • Mop
    • Paper towels
    • Scrub brush
    • Scrub pads
    • Step ladder
    • Toilet brush
    • Vacuum cleaner
    • Vacuum bags (if necessary)
    • Dishwasher
    • Washer & dryer

    Products

    We recommend only using disinfectant and sanitizer solutions that are registered with relevant governmental agencies (e.g. the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency or the European Chemicals Agency). Stock up on:

    • Multi-surface cleaner
    • Multi-surface disinfectant
    • Glass cleaner
    • Bleach
    • Laundry detergent
    • Laundry stain remover
    • Dishwashing detergent
    • Carpet cleaner
    • Floor cleaner
    • Furniture/wood polish
    • Oven cleaner
    • Oven degreaser
    • Mold cleaner (if necessary)

    What you need to know about sanitizing with disinfectants 
    You might be wondering if the products you’re using are strong enough to help reduce the number of germs, such as bacteria and viruses. Here’s a quick overview:

    • Make sure to use approved disinfectants. Please check with relevant governmental agencies, like the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) or the European Chemicals Agency, for a list of approved cleaners and disinfectants. In the U.S., for example, the EPA-recommended products include Clorox wipes, Lysol sprays, and other commonly used disinfectants.
    • Disinfectant wipes are okay. But make sure the surfaces stay wet long enough—the amount of time depends on the product, so check the label.
    • Skip the unproven disinfectants. While vinegar and essential oils can be effective cleaners, they haven’t been approved by regulatory agencies as disinfectants.
    • Never mix cleaners. Combining some products, like bleach and ammonia, can release toxic gases that are dangerous to inhale.

    Cleaning supplies for guests

    We’ve heard from guests that they want the ability to clean on their own while staying in your space. Help them by stocking up on supplies they can use—if you’re hosting families, be sure to store any cleaning products out of children’s reach. Here’s what guests need most:

    • Disposable paper towels
    • Disposable gloves
    • Multi-surface cleaner
    • Disinfectant wipes or spray
    • Antibacterial hand sanitizer
    • Extra hand soap

    Safety reminders from our experts

    • Reduce your risk of exposure to germs by waiting to enter the space. For guidance on how long to wait, check the guidelines from your relevant governmental authority.
    • Don’t enter a space without the recommended protective equipment, and don’t reuse soiled gear
    • Be sure to read all safety labels so you understand how to use cleaning chemicals properly
    • Always keep chemical products out of reach of children
    • To help prevent the spread of germs, don’t touch your face while you’re cleaning

    When you’re done cleaning, remember to take stock of what supplies are running low or getting close to their expiration date—that way, you can replace and replenish before the next cleaning comes around.

    Information contained in this article may have changed since publication. Before you begin to follow the five-step cleaning process, please be sure to read the entire Airbnb cleaning handbook. If you choose to commit to Airbnb’s enhanced cleaning protocol, you acknowledge that you may need to take extra steps to protect yourselves, your teams, and your guests. Airbnb is not responsible for any injuries or disease resulting from following these guidelines. For more information, please consult the handbook. For cleaning guidelines specific to your region, please bookmark this Help Center article.

    Highlights

    • Make sure you have everything you need before you start cleaning

    • Stock up on protective gear, cleaning equipment, and chemical solutions—and provide supplies so guests can clean too

    • When you’re done, replenish supplies so you can be ready for the next guest

    Airbnb
    4 Jun 2020
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