Housekeeping & Cleaning Standards


We want you to know that we’re doing our part to help our guests stay safe by cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces (light switches, doorknobs, cabinet handles, remotes, etc.) before you check-in.

Enjoy your stay!


Vacanza Stays’s Cleaning Guidelines

Here are some guidelines we follow when cleaning our homes between guests.

1. Wear protective gear while we clean. Personal protective items like disposable gloves, aprons or gowns, and facial coverings provide additional protection and wash our hands immediately after removing gloves.

2. Ventilate rooms before cleaning. The CDC recommends opening outside doors and windows and using ventilating fans to increase air circulation in the space before beginning to clean and disinfect.

3. Washing hands thoroughly before and after each cleaning. Use of soap and water, and wash for at least 20 seconds. If that’s not possible.

4. Clean, then disinfect. Use of detergent or soap and water to remove dirt, grease, dust, and germs. Once the surface is clean, spray with a disinfectant. Let it stand for a few minutes, then wipe.

5. Avoid touching your face while cleaning. To prevent the spread of germs, the CDC recommends not touching your face, nose, and eyes with unwashed hands—so pay extra attention when cleaning.

6. Use the right disinfectant. Most common household disinfectants registered by the Environmental Protection Agency, as well as cleaning solutions with diluted household bleach or at least 70% alcohol, are believed to be effective against the coronavirus. We pay special attention to frequently touched surfaces, like light switches, doorknobs, remote controls, and faucet handles. (See our full list of surfaces to disinfect at the bottom of the page.)

7. Sofas, rugs, drapes, and other soft, porous surfaces. Carefully remove any visible dirt or grime, then clean with the appropriate cleaners indicated for use on these surfaces. If possible, machine-wash items according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

8. Wash all linens at the highest heat setting recommended by the manufacturer. That includes bed sheets, mattress covers, hand and bath towels, kitchen towels, and blankets. We wear gloves when handling dirty laundry, and take care to avoid shaking laundry, which could increase the spread of germs.

9. Clean and disinfect laundry baskets and hampers. If possible, we use a liner that is either disposable or that can throw into the washing machine.

10. Empty the vacuum cleaner after every cleaning. We wipe down the vacuum cleaner with disinfectant, along with appliances like the dishwasher and washing machine.

11. While restocking our supplies, we check expiration dates. We never mix household bleach with ammonia or any other cleaning solution that can release toxic gases that are dangerous to inhale.

12. Line trash cans. Placing bags into trash bins will make it easier to dispose of tissues and other waste.

13. Dispose of or wash our cleaning supplies. If we use paper towels, disinfectant wipes, and other disposable cleaning supplies, we take the trash out after we’re done. If we are using cleaning cloths and other reusable products, we make sure to machine-wash them at the highest heat setting appropriate for the material.

14. Safely remove any cleaning gear. When we’re done cleaning, immediately remove any protective outerwear like gowns, gloves, or masks, and dispose of them or wash accordingly.


Helping guests protect themselves

Many guests will want to take extra steps to reduce their risk of infection. We help encourage social distancing by utilizing self check-in and checkout. We use a keyless entry system so that the check-in process is a breeze.

To help guests maintain a higher standard of cleanliness and hygiene, we ensure our homes are well-stocked with the essential amenities:

  • Hand Soap
  • Paper Towels
  • Toilet Paper
  • Dish Soap
  • Individually Wrapped Sponge
  • We encourage guests to clean up after themselves by leaving disinfectants and other cleaning supplies for them.

Checklist of items to clean and disinfect


  • Doorknobs
  • Surfaces
  • Light switches
  • Remote controls
  • Tables
  • Fan and lamp chains
  • Window sills and window handles
  • Thermostats
  • Keys
  • Hairdryers
  • Railings
  • Ironing boards and irons
  • Garbage and recycling bins


  • Sinks
  • Cabinet handles and pulls
  • Appliances: oven, toaster, pressure cooker, coffee maker, etc.
  • Condiments: oil, salt and pepper shakers, commonly used spices and containers, etc.
  • Kitchenware that isn’t dishwasher safe: ceramic bowls, kids’ plasticware, etc.
  • Hard-backed chairs


  • Sinks
  • Toilets
  • Faucet handles
  • Showers and tubs
  • Shower curtains and doors
  • Shampoo, conditioner, body wash, and soap dispensers 


  • Hangers and luggage racks
  • Nightstands

Cleaning appliances:

  • Dishwashers
  • Vacuum cleaners
  • Washer/dryer units

Kids’ items:

  • Toys
  • Portable cribs and playpens
  • High chairs

Other amenities:

  • Bikes
  • Umbrellas
  • Games
  • Books