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April 21, 2015

Offering a Full Welcoming Space

Exceptional hospitality can come through in a lot of ways, but it most definitely starts with a clean space. And while cleaning might not be the most fun part of hosting, it doesn’t have to be difficult.  Here are a few helpful tips and tricks to help you get more thorough and up to speed 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 guest’s things

We certainly love our nick knacks, 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 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.

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
  • Make sure kitchen utensils and dishes are clean
  • Clean smudges off door knobs and handles

Offer More

While you may want to be totally disconnected while you were on vacation, don’t assume your vacation rental guests do.  Not having high speed wireless internet could be a deal breaker for many potential guests, so make sure you provide WiFi free of charge.

Or, invest in a large screen HDTV and a Blu-Ray player.  You might even provide guests with a small library of family-friendly selections. Have more than one TV, such as in the master bedroom, especially if you cater to larger families or groups.

Books and board games can be an enjoyable pastime for many while on vacation and wanting for leisure time.  Literature on the local area can be provided for guests looking to experience the local points of interest.

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