Now more than ever, guests and hosts care about having a clean space. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the coronavirus can spread by surface contact. But there’s additional precautions you can take to help guests stay safe during bookings. We’ve compiled research to provide the following guidelines to help you reduce the spread of infection. These guidelines are meant to help you and your guests stay safe, but your local and state officials may require additional measures to be taken.
Every host is required to do the following prior to each booking:
Sweep, mop, vacuum and clean the space
Supply a hand washing station with soap, warm water, and paper towels or hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol
Clean common areas allowing guest access including bathrooms, kitchens, and entrances
Collect and clean dishes, silverware, and other provided host amenities, if applicable
Remove garbage and add new lining to cans
You can limit the spread of COVID-19 through surface contact by doing the following:
Clean and disinfect the space in accordance with CDC guidelines
Disinfect high touch surfaces and shared amenities
Properly clean or remove soft, porous materials
Hire a licensed professional cleaner between bookings
Space bookings apart to allow for enhanced cleaning
To help limit the spread of COVID-19 while your guests are on site, you can provide:
Disinfecting spray and paper towels
Helping guests maintain distance can also help. Here’s what you can do:
Limit capacity based on state and local guidelines
Increase access to outdoor air ventilation
Install HEPA-certified air filters
Let guests know you have outdoor space
Reconfigure space to allow for physical distance
Posting educational information will keep guests informed. Here’s what you can add to your space:
Six-foot markers on the floors in common areas
Arrows in narrow passages for bi-directional traffic
A detailed checklist of your updated cleaning procedure
COVID-19 guest guideline printouts
If the attendees are changing from day to day or you are re-entering the space for any reason, you’ll need to clean every day. Make sure to communicate clearly with your guests so you can create a plan.
We’ve created a few checklists to help you keep track. The first checklist will help you take the proper steps to clean. The second checklist you can share with guests to let them know what additional measures you’ve taken.
In addition to recording your procedure on the checklists listed above, you can also take time-stamped photos of the space after you’re done cleaning. Those will help us in the case of a dispute.