The COVID-19 lockdown has changed the travel game in ways no one expected. It’s impacted the airlines, hotels, homeshare hosts and travelers alike. While uncertainty marks coming months, people are starting to travel again, whether for business, to see family or on a road trip to get away from it all. After months of slowdown, homeshares like Airbnb and VRBO are seeing more guests, and therefore, need to follow a stricter cleaning protocol than ever before. If you’re a host, this means you need to do more than just show up with an EPA certified disinfectant to clean your homeshare.
Whether you’re offering longer term stays, hosting tourists from abroad or sheltering healthcare workers working on the front lines of the COVID-19 response, it’s time to take your cleaning protocol to the next level. This will help prevent the spread of human coronaviruses and other infectious diseases like the flu, strep, salmonella, hepatis B and C, and staph infections like MRSA. Here are tips for providing your guests with a clean, disinfected stay.
Extend Turnaround Time
If possible, extend the time between new guests for as long as possible. To be safe, wait a day before entering the space or cleaning.
After guests leave, open all doors and windows to air out the space for as long as possible. Run ventilating fans to boost circulation before cleaning and disinfecting.
Wash Your Hands
Wash your hands thoroughly, with soap and water, before and after each cleaning. You may want to wash them again after cleaning high touch surfaces or items.
Mask up, rock those disposable gloves and roll up your sleeves. Avoid touching your face throughout the process.
Clean First, Then Disinfect
It’s essential to clean and sanitize your homeshare between each guest. Cleaning is the removal of dirt, germs and toxins, while disinfecting is using products like an EPA certified disinfectant to kill germs. If you follow this order, you can reduce the risk of infection. Start by dusting and then use soap and water to remove dirt, grease and germs. Now you’ve paved the way for disinfection.
Sanitize With an EPA Registered Disinfectant
Spray a healthcare disinfectant spray like Clear Gear on clean surfaces. Let it sit for 10 minutes and then wipe. If you’re not using a disposable wipe or paper towel, use fresh cloths each time you sanitize. Only use disinfectants registered by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with claims of effectiveness against human coronaviruses. Pay extra attention to communal surfaces and high touch items including light switches, faucet handles, doorknobs, toilet flushers, windowsills and handles, handrails and remote controls.
Wash Linens on High Heat
Use your washing machine’s highest heat setting to wash all the linens in your space. Pre-treat with Clear Gear by spraying and letting the laundry sit for 10 minutes before laundering.
Provide Guests With Supplies
Even though you’re making sure your homeshare is cleaned and disinfected, provide guests with cleaning supplies and Clear Gear healthcare disinfectant spray. This may motivate them to disinfect during their stay, which will help reduce germs and make them feel extra safe.
Follow this protocol to make sure both you and your guests can enjoy peace of mind during their stay. Visit this link for information on our powerful EPA certified disinfectant.