How We Clean and Sanitize Properties
Our first office opened in 1964, so we have been rigorously cleaning and sanitizing properties for decades. This is nothing new to us. In fact, our homes are cleaned to a degree higher than most people have at home. It has always been our commitment to having every home safe and ready for guest arrival.
Get a Real Getaway
If you need a vacation, holiday escape, spring break, fresh air and alone time, vacation rentals are the best option. Bring the kids or not. Bring the family or just your spouse. Most homes are free-standing, so you can avoid crowds. Even in our condos, the homes are open corridors, so there is no need to pass through common areas, like lobbies and dark hallways.
When Guests Depart
After guests depart, housekeepers arrive at every home to clean, wipe, soak, scrub, brush, scour, map and polish bathrooms, kitchens, bedrooms, common spaces and even decks and patios, linens, towels and surfaces. Hot tubs are disinfected. This entire process - called "Out Clean" - takes many hours. Then homes are spot-checked by managers to ensure good work. When departing, all staff members use bleach rags so that even the doorknob, key-safe and keys are sanitized. Wow!
Proper Wipe Downs
You might think that spraying and wiping surfaces with a disinfectant is sufficient, but it is not. Instead, a disinfectant must be left on surfaces for a period of time before it is wiped away. This gives time for the liquid to kill all the germs.
- Door knobs inside and outside
- Window latches
- Light switches and sockets
- Lamp switches
- Cupboard doors and surfaces
- Table tops including night stands
- Appliances - top and sides
- Counter tops
- Reachable walls
- Outdoor Furniture
- Stairs and deck Handrails
- Toasters and coffee makers
- TV and other remote controls
- Stereos and computers
- Door bells and key safes
- Toys and board games
- Pets toys and blankets
- And more
We use a variety of products to clean, disinfect and sanitize. All are approved for high health standards. We still use bleach for some areas because it is still the gold standard for killing every kind of bug. In fact, if you enter a home immediately after housekeepers depart, after a few minutes, you may detect a slight cleaning smell. That is your assurance of sanitization.
Vacuuming, Mopping, Sweeping
Are you ever tempted to do the floors fast? By slowing down the process and covering every floor surface carefully, dirt, grime and germs are removed. We keep equipment new and well maintained to get the best results. Housekeepers are never limited to cleaning hours. Instead, they are encouraged to take all the time needed to do the job right.
Cleaning bathrooms is not a fun task, but we carefully clean all sinks, mirrors, toilets, drawers, bathtubs and shower enclosures until they sparkle. But they have also been sprayed and later wiped with disinfectant. Soiled and unsoiled towels are removed before cleaning starts to avoid cross-contamination. This is a hands-and-knees job, but housekeepers pride themselves are meticulous cleaning.
Kitchens and Dining Rooms
Kitchens get splattered on, baked in and used heavily. It is a big job, but to get kitchens spic-and-spam is essential, from the stove to oven to refrigerator but also microwaves, cupboards, fans and light fixtures. Cleaned inside and out. You will notice we remove condiments such as ketchup and mustard left from prior guests because leaving open containers violates health standards. You'll have to bring your own, but you'll know they are new and fresh.
Hot Tubs and Spas
Every hot tub is completely disinfected after each booking by trained staff members. Sand or debris is removed, filters are inspected, and chemicals are adjusted. In addition, the hot tub cover, top and side surfaces are disinfected. If you arrive at a tub that is not yet fully heated, please wait because we had to empty and refill it. It takes time to re-heat.
Towels and Linens
Washing and drying linens and towels is an obvious step, but we wash all of them even if a bed does not appear to have been slept it. They are transported to the washer-dryer using rubber gloves and laundry bags, and they are returned to beds in baskets to avoid cross-contamination. Along with quality detergent, additional disinfectant is added to all washing to ensure germs are eradicated.
In addition to our rigorous out-clean, homes receive deep cleans regularly to cover hard-to-access areas including, heating ducts, cupboard sides and ceilings, high surfaces, fans, carpets, and more. This takes many hours but ensures the cleanest possible property.
When Guests Depart
You may notice that we do NOT ask guests to do laundry or remove linens and towels from the laundry area. We do it all to ensure that every textile has been washed and cleaned properly without dragging it through the house.
Call Us Quick
If at any time during your stay, if you find any issue, call our 24-7-365 day phone number for assistance. If necessary, our staff will happily come to the property to ensure all is right. And if you want daily cleaning, we can arrange that too for a small additional fee.
Avoid Crowds. Stay in a Private Vacation Home!
Year-round, in every season, and no matter what is happening in the rest of the world, vacation rentals offer a respite from the rat race, a chance to get away and to enjoy a sparkling clean, sanitized home.