Offering a Full Welcoming Space
Keeping your welcoming space clean
Exceptional hospitality can come through in a lot of ways, but it most definitely starts with a clean welcoming space. And while cleaning might not be the most fun part of hosting, it doesn’t have to be difficult! Here are a few tips and tricks to help you get swept up in an effective and easy cleaning routine.
Focus on the trouble spots
First things first, give extra attention to the most important areas of cleanliness. Those would be the kitchen and the bathrooms. If you offer your guests space in the refrigerator, give it a thorough cleaning. And if you make a point to keep all of the condiments and other items nicely organized, your guest will be encouraged do the same.
Make room for your guests’ things
We certainly love our tchotchkes, but too much of a good thing may look like clutter to a visitor. In addition to keeping your space clean, it’s important to keep it tidy. Your guests may not want to live out of their suitcase for their whole stay, so you can offer them a welcoming space to put out their toiletries and personal items on a shelf or nightstand. You can also offer your guests room for their clothes and larger items in a closet or dresser.
Disinfect all surfaces
Since the outbreak of COVID-19, there has been wide awareness on hand washing and surface disinfecting. Even though the risk of getting infected from touching a surface contaminated by the virus is low, your guest and you will feel safer knowing that you disinfect all surfaces after a guest checks out.
Follow the guidance of the CDC and WHO on cleaning and disinfecting your home
Pay attention to details
Once you’ve gotten your space clean and ready for your next guest, check the details:
- Look for stray hairs on the couch
- Clean off dust on the edges of shelves, picture frames, and doorways
- Wipe down all the surfaces of fixtures and appliances
- Check the kitchen counter for crumbs
- Sweep or vacuum under the furniture
You might also want to read How to be a great host to renters.
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