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As the government is planning to come up with guidance advice for hospitality business owners on how to get ready before reopening sometime in July, we’ve decided to write this article, full of tips on getting prepared well before and in time. You’ll learn everything about sanitising your short-term lets or Airbnb accommodation the right way, as well as get ideas on what to look for when searching for a holiday rental cleaning company. We’ll also talk about cleaning costs and fees, so you can get a clearer picture and set up your property maintenance budget in advance.
Read on, if you’re an Airbnb, short lets or B&B business owner who:
Not that many short-let service providers remained open during the COVID pandemic, in order to serve customers within the established guidelines for accommodation providers, issued by the British government. So, with the hope, in view, of getting back in business in a few weeks time, you could do with having a professional insight into what cleaning and disinfection measures you should consider taking before accommodating any guests on leisure-related stays.
First and foremost, pick effective antibacterial and virucidal disinfectants to sanitise every surface and area on the premises. Always air the place properly before and after each guest, as well as during the actual cleaning. Make sure to sanitise soft furniture and carpeting, too.
It’s important to apply your reinforced cleaning procedures between stays. Disinfect high-touch surfaces and items to avoid cross-contamination and potential spread of infection by clients. Don’t forget to ventilate rooms properly by opening all windows and doors.
Some bacteria and other pathogens can survive lower temperatures during a wash. So, it’s best if you make sure that sheets and towels are cleaned at a high temperature. Leave extra linen and towels for guests, who intend to stay longer than a few days.
Leave plenty of hand disinfectants and soaps, and disposable cleaning and personal hygiene supplies, such as hand tissues, paper towels and so on. You can even ask your guests kindly to dispose of those themselves by placing the used disposable paper in a bag and then, in the main bin.
Leave instructions and guidance for your guests in a visible place so that they are aware of your new elevated cleaning measures and procedures. A ‘COVID-secure business’ sign also won’t hurt, so consider having a sticker on the front door or window.
Wear a mask, gloves and protective clothing if you’ve decided to do the cleaning yourself. Discard disposable protective gear and wash thoroughly your hands and clothes. Throw away vacuum cleaner bags every time you use the machine, just to be on the safe side.
And if you feel out of your depth cleaning your short let or Airbnb rental property up to a safe standard, then, maybe, you should consider outsourcing the job to a professional company. Why? Cleanliness is now of utmost priority and your guests will feel much safer if they know that they’re staying in an expertly disinfected accommodation.
Negative customer testimonials usually relate to the hygienic state of the property the guests have stayed in. And if in the past things like ‘crumbs under the sofa cushions’ or ‘a hair in the shower tray’ have prompted clients to complain, now, things can escalate and your business can get hurt by reviews on how safe your property is amid the global health crisis. So, it’s always a good idea to assign the task of making sure that your holiday rental is COVID-secure to a reputable cleaning company.
Here are some important points to consider when hiring a professional cleaning service provider:
We all want to save some money, so do your research and compare prices if needs be. But don’t forget to take into consideration what value for money you get, in terms of fees and service results. Or in other words, look for a commercial cleaning company, which goes the extra mile to properly train its cleaners; applies all safety and personal protection measures, recommended by the authorities; works with professional antibacterial disinfectants; and last but not least, it offers added value to its customers, who are then, happy to share the news in their positive reviews.
Let’s assume you’re now convinced that the regular cleaning of your Airbnb or short let property needs to be taken to a whole new level. Meaning, you want to entrust the cleaning maintenance tasks to a registered cleaning company. What worries you, of course, is the cost of this privilege, as well as what you’ll get as an end result.
Most holiday rental cleaning companies charge for their services per hour. Expect anything from £15 per hour and upwards for a regular commercial cleaning service. Add a management fee per appointment and a set fee for professional detergents, and you get the picture. Still, the main point here is to request detailed information on how the cleaners approach each task of sanitising your rental property, what measures they take to prevent potential spreading of pathogens, what cleaning detergents they use, as well as how linen is washed if the company provides this service, as well.
With Fantastic Services, you can count on a professional holiday rental cleaning service that ticks all the boxes. Expect from us to send thoroughly trained and experienced cleaners, who wear personal protection and comply with all safety guidelines. You can also opt for our quality toiletries supply and the provision of professionally washed and ironed linen and towels, as well. And this comes at an affordable price that can easily beat the current standard rates, mentioned above, especially if you join our popular Fantastic Club.
Furthermore, we offer professional antiviral sanitisation services, too, specially designed for business property owners, who deal with visitors and guests, and want to boost their safety during stays.
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Disinfecting and cleaning your holiday rental property, short let or B&B is of prime importance during these times of uncertainty, especially if you’ve not been operating during the lockdown in the UK. But there are a few other property maintenance measures you should consider taking before welcoming your first guests.
Check out the list below:
Well, did you know that Fantastic Services provides 100+ property maintenance, gardening, pest control and specialised cleaning services in London and throughout mainland England to both domestic and business customers? And with some newly developed solutions on our service portfolio, designed to step up the safety of your property and customers during the health crisis, you can really rely on a complete and all-in-one service that caters for every property maintenance aspect of your investment. From antibacterial painting services, effective pest fumigation, and professional cleaning & disinfection to plumbing, electrical, furniture assembly and garden maintenance services, you can enjoy our expertise by letting us become your property service provider today.
And that’s not all! We offer online video consultations to save you time and effort, as well as to minimise contact with our business customers during these times when staying safe and protecting others is vital. We’ll appoint a personal account manager to handle all your needs and assist you with your services!
Are you ready to get in full swing and host guests in your short let accommodation? What other measures have you taken to safely start running your hospitality business? Do share with us in the comments below!
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