Mums left divided over how much to clean your holiday rental when checking out – and what you should NEVER do

PEOPLE have been left divided over how clean you should leave your holiday rental when you leave – with some saying there are things you should NEVER clean.

A mum asked on Reddit how much she should clean the place before leaving, despite having an early check out.

There is one thing to never do when checking out of a holiday cottage - and you've probably done it


There is one thing to never do when checking out of a holiday cottage – and you’ve probably done itCredit: Getty

She wrote: “I’m going on holiday in the UK next week and staying in an Airbnb holiday cottage for the first time. I’m wondering how clean I should leave it?

“Check in isn’t until 4pm apparently so they have time to clean it, but check out is at 9am. So they have a 7-hour window to clean it between guests?

“Is it ok to just do the washing up and wipe the kitchen surfaces? Will I need to clean the bathroom, strip the beds, hoover?”

Most agreed to give it a usual clean, with taking the bins out and washing up.

One thing not to do, which many agreed on, was stripping the sheets, despite many thinking this is actually a courteous thing to do.

A home owner, who rents out their own houses, said: “I prefer beds not stripped – I like to see any makeup/fake tan that I might need to deal with.

“Just generally leave the place tidy but not do any actual cleaning. Wouldn’t strip beds unless specifically asked.”

Someone else agreed: “Our last AirBnb actually left instructions that we WEREN’T to make or strip the beds ‘it confuses the cleaner’!”

Another mum added: “As an Airbnb owner, do not wash the towels. I can’t stand when people do this. I send all my linen and towels out for laundering and this makes it so difficult.”

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Others said they wouldn’t do much cleaning – as Airbnb has a cleaning fee anyway.

They said: “Airbnb always has a cleaning/servicing fee – at our most recent one it was a £70 cleaning fee after a 3 day stay! I’m certainly not stripping beds and cleaning if I’m paying extra for it to be done.”

Another person said: “If you’re paying a cleaning fee I’d do the dishes/put the dishwasher on but not necessarily wait for it to finish, wipe up any obvious mess in the kitchen & bathroom, put bins out if asked (there’s often an instruction booklet of what you’re asked to do).”

One thing not to do? Put the dishwasher on.

One person pointed out: “Please don’t leave the dishwasher running. It can delay the cleaners hugely. If you must, put it in as early as you can and on a short cycle.”

One traveller divided opinion after he said always stripped the hotel beds when he checked out – although hotel housekeepers praised his actions.

A mum was recently branded “disgusting” after she said she left dirty dishes in her holiday rental.

And another mum was left gutted after being charged £200 for a “damage fee” after staying at a holiday let – because she didn’t vacuum enough.

One woman was left stunned by an “inappropriate” Airbnb request – which asked her to water the flowers twice a day.

Do a standard once-over clean, most mums said - but dont do any bed or towel washing


Do a standard once-over clean, most mums said – but dont do any bed or towel washingCredit: Alamy

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