Cleaning, daily, weekly, monthly

11 replies [Last post]
jmj
Offline
Joined:
03/24/2014

First, thank you, you have helped my husband and I in innumerable ways! We will try to pay it forward when we have some experience under our belts.

The questions about cleaning have really been helpful. But I still wonder, do you provide a daily cleaning touch up, or full service cleaning everyday to your rooms?  What about long term stays? 

We haven't started renting yet, but it looks to be very soon. I want to be ready! I see most of our stays will be 2 nights, up to a week. We definitely have the potential for long term rentals. Our rentals are really apartments, 1 bed with kitchen, living room, dining room, bath, and a "utility" room. That would be lot to clean everyday! 

Everything is tile here, and as we renovate, we (I) are trying to keep maintenance and cleaning in mind. 

Our past experience with renting places like these is that we rented for the week, left, and then it was cleaned. No one every came in to clean, and we didn't expect it. We always believed we could hire some one if we wanted to for extra. 

Things I should be considering before our first guests arrive. I know I will learn through experience, but do you have any suggestions?

jmj
Offline
Joined:
03/24/2014

Thanks for all your helpful input.

I think for now, I will state I will be in every two days to replace towels, trash, toilet paper.

After a week, change sheets. 

I would like it to be every 3 days, but I think I would like to check in on the rooms more frequently till I get the hang of things. This also helps me know what I might be missing. I can change it to 3 days later. Also, those towels, 3 days, they might be really smelly. 

I guess I will just go with the flow. I do have two different clientele, so things will probably change. I am starting with nationals first, and they seem to go with the flow more than foreigners (I could be soooo wrong also). 

Offline
Joined:
10/07/2008

I guess I am confused, per usual.

Are you a B&B or rentals? A rental you don't freshen rooms. You said really rentals and apartments. But then asked the question about it. If you have kitchens then you better be prepared to clean those too? A rental is a rental, not a B&B.

__________________

Gluten free is never free. - Joey Bloggs

 

jmj
Offline
Joined:
03/24/2014

we have rentals, but they are the size of an apartment. just happen to be that big. why I am asking, because, I am a little afraid to not have the ability to go in and make sure things are in order, yet at the same time, being in tropical place, if some sort of cleanliness isn't followed, ewww, bugs follow pretty quickly ect. So, originally, I wasn't offering to clean at all, but now I am not sure that is best. But at the same time, I can't be tied to daily cleaning either, we have a restaurant also. We are lucky enough to hire help, as labor is very cheap. 

No, we are not a B&B, but I appreciate you guys letting me be on your forum. 

Anon Inn's picture
Offline
Joined:
09/26/2011

We have a vacation rental apartment next door to the B&B.  I do go in daily, pick up towels if on floor (hopefully not on bedposts), replace with more if needed,  and empty trash. Nothing belonging to a guest is touched.  Nice for the guests.  Peace of mind for me.  Linens changed every third day for long term, week or more.

Arks's picture
Offline
Joined:
05/22/2010

jmj wrote:

...being in tropical place, if some sort of cleanliness isn't followed, ewww, bugs follow pretty quickly ect. 

All things considered, you may need to pop in every couple of days just to look for wet towels piled in a corner. They could get moldy pretty quickly in a tropical environment. You've mentioned that there won't be a lot of AC in your apartments, so humidity could be a problem. My bathrooms have heated towel warmers/dryers but most just throw the wet towels on the floor.

Forgot to mention that when I do a check on the apartments I always set the A/C back to 74 degrees and turn all the lights off. I've gone in and found ALL the lights on and the A/C set at 64! Grrr.

__________________

All saints can do miracles, but few of them can keep hotel. ~ Mark Twain

 

Offline
Joined:
01/12/2013

Arks wrote:

Forgot to mention that when I do a check on the apartments I always set the A/C back to 74 degrees and turn all the lights off. I've gone in and found ALL the lights on and the A/C set at 64! Grrr.

They need governors on A/C units.  I have the same problem with my window units.  Walk in a room to freshen it and freeze my arse off while doing so because they've set it to 65 or some ungodly temperature that, if it were that cold outside, they'd turn the heat on.  Argh!

Offline
Joined:
10/07/2008

jmj wrote:

we have rentals, but they are the size of an apartment. just happen to be that big. why I am asking, because, I am a little afraid to not have the ability to go in and make sure things are in order, yet at the same time, being in tropical place, if some sort of cleanliness isn't followed, ewww, bugs follow pretty quickly ect. So, originally, I wasn't offering to clean at all, but now I am not sure that is best. But at the same time, I can't be tied to daily cleaning either, we have a restaurant also. We are lucky enough to hire help, as labor is very cheap. 

No, we are not a B&B, but I appreciate you guys letting me be on your forum. 

Then don't clean, by all means, don't even go there and commit to more work! You will be spinning your wheels as it is! yes

Tom
Tom's picture
Offline
Joined:
10/11/2009

Like most: touch up cleaning each day: trash, change towels if on floor, change TP if almost out, collect dirty coffee mugs, close windows.  Do not do beds, don't touch any personal items.  Those that care (70%) have already pulled the bed together.  Change sheets and towels at day 3 of a multi-day.

gillumhouse's picture
Offline
Joined:
05/22/2008

Mine are usually 2 to 3 nights (if not a 1-nighter that does not enter into this question). I ASK the guests if they need maid service. Most say no, everything is fine. I stress that IF they want maid service it is available but on request. "This way they do not have to hide their sex toys."

Longer stays, I tell them at the third breakfast, I will be going into the room to change sheets. Most tell me not to bother - love those. Changed at the end of a week regardless..

Offline
Joined:
05/22/2008

We just did touch up cleaning each day of a guest's stay. Empty trash, replace towels and if needed clean tub and sink. Also make the bed, but...and I strongly say this....ONLY if there is nothing on the bed. If there were every any personal belongings on the bed, we never touched it. We NEVER touched anything anywhere in the room if it meant we had to move personal items. I encourage you to do the same. You just never know what issue could come up. We explained that to the guest.

For long stay, for us....4-7 days, we changed the sheets every 3 days.  If you are going to do weekly rentals, how often you clean will be up to you. But fresh towels each day would be important to me as a guest. Or at least provide enough extra towels.

It is kind of nice for your peace of mind to be able to at least check the room every so often if you are close the property.

Hope this helps you.

Arks's picture
Offline
Joined:
05/22/2010

My place is different from most here. It's a self-catering vacation rental. No staff on site.

For stays of a week or less, I only provide cleaning after they leave. I leave plenty of towels and supplies, and there's a washer/dryer and dishwasher there for them to use.

For says over a week, I provide cleaning after every 7 nights. This consists of changing the bed, emptying trash cans, taking dirty towels and leaving clean ones, cleaning the bathroom surfaces (I move their stuff, clean, then put the stuff back), sweep and mop the floor, clean mirrors, tub and toilet, cleaning the kitchen, sweeping all floors and dusting around their stuff. This takes me about 75 minutes. Then deep clean after they leave. That takes 2 to 3 hours depending on how messy they were.

Comment viewing options

Select your preferred way to display the comments and click "Save settings" to activate your changes.