Good Airbnb Guest Cleaning Expectations: Managing A Rental Property

September 19, 2022

Renting your home through Airbnb can be a great way to earn extra money. However, there are a lot of things to keep in mind when you are opening up your home to strangers. One of the most important things is the cleanliness of the place. Other than having an Airbnb Cleaner to maintain your rental place, having house rules that Airbnb guests can follow can save you much money and time in maintaining your place.

First, keeping an Airbnb apartment clean is primarily the host’s responsibility.

The guest who books the Airbnb is paying for the space, but it is the host’s job to ensure that the space is clean and tidy for their stay.

However, some responsibilities can be expected of a good Airbnb guest regarding cleaning up.

Read on to know the 13 acceptable Airbnb guest cleaning expectations hosts can have and list them in their renting rules.

13 Airbnb guests cleaning responsibilities

  1. Clean the kitchen counter

Kitchen countertops are one of the first places where dirt and grime accumulate. So, it is better if the guests can clean them after every meal or at the end of their stay. A quick wipe-down with a sponge or cloth should do the trick.

  1. Wipe down any spills in the fridge

Spills happen, especially in the fridge. So you can mention asking your guests to clean up the fridge spills before they leave if they have made any. Nobody wants to come back to a fridge full of food spills.

Also, spills can attract bugs and other pests, so it’s best to clean them up as soon as possible, even during their stay.

  1. Keep garbage in one place

Leaving the garbage behind is not a good idea for the environment and the next guest. So, putting all the garbage in the bin before leaving is better.

As a host, you can provide trash cans or spaces for them to dump their garbage. If there are any recyclables, you can ask them to sort them into recyclable trash cans instead of throwing them away.

  1. Clean the bathroom sink, counter, and toilet after use

Even though this goes without saying, it is a good point to include in the guidelines you give the guests. Ensuring that the bathroom is clean after every use will go a long way in keeping your place clean.

  1. Do not flush anything other than toilet paper

Flushing anything other than toilet paper can clog the pipes and cause serious damage. So, guests can be expected not to flush anything other than toilet paper down the toilet.

If they need to dispose of something else, they can put it in the garbage can.

  1. Hang up wet towels and clothes

Wet towels and clothes should be hung up to dry instead of being left on the floor or thrown in a pile. This will help to prevent mold and mildew growth.

  1. Use coasters for wet glasses

Wet glasses should be placed on coasters instead of being left on wood furniture. This will help to prevent water rings from forming on the furniture.

  1. Make sure there is no food left out.

Food should not be left out on the counter or table. It can attract bugs and other pests. Any food that is not being eaten should be stored in the fridge or thrown away.

  1. Clear the bed of obvious trashes

As a guest, you should at least make an effort to clear the bed of any obvious trash before you leave. This includes things like used tissues, wrappers, or empty bottles. If you are unsure about something, it is always better to err on the side of caution and throw it away.

  1. Group dirty linens together

Dirty linens should be grouped together and placed in a designated area. This will make it easier for the cleaning staff to know what needs to be laundered.

Not keeping them along with good ones can aid the cleaning team in sorting and washing them better accordingly.

  1. Notify the host of any spills or accidents

If spills or accidents occur, it’s important to notify the host as soon as possible. This will allow you to clean it up before it causes further damage.

So, mentioning to the guests intimate about any accident can help you avoid extra work later.

  1. Do not move furniture around.

If there is any furniture that when moved around may damage the floor, it is important to indicate that to the guest beforehand. This way, they may be aware not to move it around and cause any damage.

  1. Take down dirty dishes.

You can ask the guests to collect dirty dishes and keep them in one place – either in the sink or load them into the dishwasher. This way you can make sure no dirty dishes are lying around the house for you to search and collect.

While some hosts make it a point to ask the guests to wash their dishes before they leave, it is up to you to ask the guests to wash them or let a cleaning team do it after the guests vacate.

These are just some of the Airbnb guests cleaning responsibilities that can be expected of a good Airbnb guest. By following these simple guidelines, guests can help to keep the rental property clean and tidy for the next guest.

What Airbnb guests do not have to do?

While there are some Airbnb guests cleaning responsibilities that can be expected of Airbnb guests, there are also some things that they don’t have to do.

  • Do not bother to do deep cleaning.

The Airbnb host is responsible for deep cleaning the rental property between guests. This means guests do not have to worry about cleaning the oven or scrubbing the floors.

Guests are obviously on a vacation or a business trip, so expecting them to do a deep clean is unreasonable.

  • Leave used sheets and towels.

While guests are expected to hang up wet towels and clothes, they don’t have to worry about stripping the bed and putting fresh sheets on. That’s the job of the cleaning staff.

The same goes for towels. Guests can leave used towels in a pile, and the cleaning staff will take care of them. They do not need to wash it.


To be precise, guests are expected to just tidy up the house and leave it neat, making it easier for the host to clean it up later. Even though most of the above-mentioned point seems obvious and goes without saying, making it an Airbnb guest responsibilities handout or adding to house rules can be a great option. It can help guests understand what is expected of them and what is not.

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Andi Perullo de Ledesma

I am Andi Perullo de Ledesma, a Chinese Medicine Doctor and Travel Photojournalist in Charlotte, NC. I am also wife to Lucas and mother to Joaquín. Follow us as we explore life and the world one beautiful adventure at a time.

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