June 13, 2024

How to Achieve a Sparkling Clean Kitchen in Your Vacation Rental

Keeping your vacation rental's kitchen sparkling clean is crucial for ensuring a positive experience for your guests. A clean kitchen not only looks inviting but also promotes a sense of hygiene and care. Here's a comprehensive guide to help you achieve a pristine kitchen in your vacation rental.

Cleaning Solutions:

  • All-purpose cleaner
  • Disinfectant cleaner
  • Glass cleaner
  • Stainless steel cleaner
  • Baking soda and vinegar for natural cleaning options

Cleaning Tools:

  • Microfiber cloths
  • Scouring pads
  • Sponges and brushes
  • High-quality vacuum
  • Mop and bucket
  • Spray bottles
  • Rubber gloves
  • Sticky roller for crumbs in drawers
  • Metal dough scraper for countertops

Cleaning Steps

1. Pre-Cleaning Preparation

  • Gather all necessary cleaning supplies and tools.
  • Start a load of laundry with any kitchen linens, such as tea towels and oven mitts.

2. Surface Cleaning

Counters and Backsplash:

  • Use an all-purpose cleaner to wipe down counters and backsplashes, ensuring all food particles and grease are removed.

Dough Scraper Technique:

  • Pre-spray the counters with an all-purpose cleaner. Use a metal dough scraper to remove any sticky residue or large spills. Follow up by wiping the counter with a plain wet microfiber cloth to ensure nothing is left behind.

Cabinets and Handles:

  • Wipe down cabinet doors and handles, paying special attention to frequently touched areas.


  • Microwave: Clean inside and out, removing any food splatters.
  • Oven and Stovetop: Clean the stovetop thoroughly, including the drip pans. Wipe down the oven inside and out.
  • Refrigerator: Empty and wipe down the shelves and drawers. Replace any expired food items.
  • Dishwasher: Wipe the rim and gaskets, and ensure there’s no food debris.

Small Appliances:

  • Coffee Maker: Clean the exterior and the area around it. Ensure it is ready for use with fresh filters.
  • Toaster: Shake out crumbs and wipe down the exterior.

3. Sinks and Drains

  • Clean the sink thoroughly, including the drain and garbage disposal. Use baking soda and vinegar to deodorize the drain if necessary.

4. Floors

  • Sweep and mop the kitchen floor. Pay attention to corners and under appliances.

5. Drawers and Cabinets

  • Open every drawer and cabinet to clean inside.
  • Tip: Use a sticky roller to remove crumbs from drawers.
  • Tip: Label the inside of drawers and cupboards for inventory and to make it easier for guests to put items in their correct spots, such as:
    • Baking Pans: (e.g., 2 baking pans)
    • Serving Bowls: (e.g., 4 serving bowls)
  • Tip: If you need to find matching sets for kitchen items, do a reverse Google search.

Personal Advice

Labeling and Inventory Management:Label the inside of all cupboards and drawers with a description and the exact quantity of the items to be placed there. This not only helps keep track of your inventory but also allows guests to put things back in their proper place, saving time. It also makes it possible for you to quickly scan while wiping out the cupboards to ensure nothing is broken or missing, which may require charging the guest.

Inventory Check:Keep in mind that not all broken items should be charged to the guest. It’s essential to find a balance between maintaining the quality of your kitchen and providing a hospitable experience. Avoid nickel-and-diming your guests; only charge for expensive items that need to be replaced. This approach helps maintain a positive relationship with guests while ensuring your kitchen remains top-quality.

Using a Metal Dough Scraper:For the best results, I prefer using a metal dough scraper on the kitchen counters. This ensures that there is nothing left over or sticky on the surface. Pre-spray the counters, use the metal dough scraper to remove any sticky residue or large spills, and then wipe with a plain wet microfiber cloth to ensure nothing is left on the counter.

By following these steps and tips, you can ensure your vacation rental kitchen remains sparkling clean and inviting for every guest. Happy cleaning!