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how clean do you leave a self catering holiday property

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Foxylass Sun 15-Jan-17 10:59:10

Just that really, how much cleaning do you do on a self catering holiday and how do you leave the property when you go?
Do you expect it is ok to not clean up - cos you've paid....? Or do you do your best to tidy up?

LIZS Sun 15-Jan-17 11:02:00

Tidy, swept/vacuumed and surface cleaned.Towels in bath and bedding folded or striped.

MrsSchadenfreude Sun 15-Jan-17 11:02:57

Clean. Wipe round sinks, Hoover or sweep floors. Mop if muddy. Toilet cleaner down loo. Strip beds and fold dirty bedding, leave dirty towels in pile on bathroom floor.

MrsPear Sun 15-Jan-17 11:04:18

Well I stayed in one recently and we hoovered and moped the floors. Beds stripped as requested. Dishes were done and put away. We wiped over the oven and rinsed the baths and sinks. Left loos with stuff squirted down them. I would be blush not too. But many on here say leave it a shit tip as it is your holiday and they have staff. So horses for courses.

DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen Sun 15-Jan-17 11:05:53

Clean the loo
Empty bin
Strip beds if I feel generous

That's it.

AuntieStella Sun 15-Jan-17 11:06:22

I would tidy and wash up, but not clean, and put things back to where they came from.

I also strip beds (it's past of my routine for frisking a place for overlooked items before we leave) and leave used towels by washing machine (if there is one) or in bath/shower tray.

I'd have swept up most gunk from the floor, wiped surfaces and bagged/binned detritus as we went along, so it shouldn't be too bad.

Beedoo123 Sun 15-Jan-17 11:06:23

Strip beds, towels folded in bathroom, quick wipe round kitchen and bathroom, and quick run round with hoover... so clean and tidy but not sparkling!!

MysticTwat Sun 15-Jan-17 11:08:08

Same as pp,

strip beds hoover/sweep, mop if nessessary. Oven, hop, surfaces wiped over.

sleepyhead Sun 15-Jan-17 11:11:48

Clean and tidy, surfaces wiped, quick Hoover and beds stripped. Depends if there's an additional cleaning charge though.

If I'm being explicitly charged £20 for cleaning then I'll still leave the place tidy & do beds etc but probably won't Hoover unless obvious crumbs & wouldn't clean kitchen/bathroom except for a quick wipe round.

BumWad Sun 15-Jan-17 11:13:03

I just give it a tidy. No chance I'm cleaning!

OverlyYappy Sun 15-Jan-17 11:43:23

I just leave it as it was when I arrived, with the beds stripped though

WestmorlandSausage Sun 15-Jan-17 12:04:27

As a holiday cottage owner we just want it left tidy. The cleaners expect to have to give the floors and sides a scrub, change beds and empty bins, that's what we pay them to do.

Please don't set the dishwasher/washing machine off just as you are leaving though. It just causes issues for the rest of the day particularly if there is a short turnover time between the next guests.

Also, you are not being helpful by leaving stuff in the fridge/cupboards for the next guests. It all just has to be removed before the next guests come.

if you break something please tell us, we don't mind and to a certain extent expect a certain percentage of stuff to get broken. It's far preferable for us to know and be able to replace it for you then and there than for the next guests to have to come and tell us something is missing.

Fortunately we are really lucky and with only one or two exceptions over many years looking at you cat smuggling lady only ever seem to have really lovely guests.

Foxylass Sun 15-Jan-17 19:44:08

Thank you for your comments. I ask as I own holiday cottages and have recently been told that it is not the norm to expect guests to clean up after themselves.
We ask our guests to leave the cottage 'clean and tidy', we don't expect folk to leave the cottages spotless but equally we are not happy to find kitchen sinks full of dirty crockery and food, jam smeared on bedding, crayoning on the TV screen or a kitchen covered in a weeks cooking spills.
I've been in the trade for 20 years and have been quite surprised recently by a lack of care for my lovely place.

MrsPMT Sun 15-Jan-17 19:46:41

I would try and leave it as I found it, unless owners were charging for cleaning. Even then would never leave dirty dishes/rubbish.

JennyOnAPlate Sun 15-Jan-17 19:49:25

I would wipe round the bathroom and kitchen sides. I certainly wouldn't leave dirty dishes in the sink though!

I wouldn't spend ages making it spotless because presumably the cost of cleaning it is included in the rental price.

Foxylass Sun 15-Jan-17 23:01:32

We did have one enquiry requesting that we add a cleaning charge to the booking fee as they had no intention of cleaning anything, in any way at all....while on holiday......!

HyacinthsBucket Sun 15-Jan-17 23:08:00

I usually check to make sure we've not left anything behind, put all the towels and bedlinens in a pile in the rooms (having stripped beds) and put the dishwasher on. I always aim to leave tidy rather than clean as the owner is paying for a cleaner in between lets. It's too much stress packing and being out by 10 let alone hoovering!!!

PinkSwimGoggles Sun 15-Jan-17 23:13:26

we leave it as per instructions in the welcome pack.
usually:
tidying
beds stripped
floor swept
dishes cleaned and put away

we only stay in places where cleaning is included and pets are not allowed.

mylittlephoney Sun 15-Jan-17 23:13:47

Toilets cleaned. Sides wiped. All rubbish removed. Bedding stripped. We used to clean caravans in the 80's for extra money and this is how we we would have loved them all to be. People are animals. I had to remove a used tampon from an air vent once. Wtf they were making via that statement I don't fucking know. We used to get 2.50 an hour. 4 vans an hour and we could keep all the left over food (we never did )

needtothinkaboutseniorschools2 Sun 15-Jan-17 23:17:11

I like to leave it spotless. It seems rude not to. smile

ShotgunNotDoingThePans Sun 15-Jan-17 23:17:45

I second everything Westmoreland said. I'd hate to think of people who've paid good money for a holiday feeling stressed out trying to clean up after themselves. It's our 'lovely place' but for that week or two it's theirs to enjoy. Anything that goes wrong is dealt with by the agency which suits me fine.
No one's ever trashed the place afaia, just a few accidents/daft things like leaving the parasol open so it get bent in the wind. Not the end of the world.

Cosmicglitterpug Sun 15-Jan-17 23:19:57

Have stayed in many holiday homes and never cleaned them, why would you? I put stuff away and it's not left a shit tip, but it wouldn't occur to me to hoover the place. Always got my deposit back and no complaints.

Cosmicglitterpug Sun 15-Jan-17 23:22:06

Seen your update op, obviously good smeared around and crayon on the telly is unacceptable.

Permanentlyexhausted Sun 15-Jan-17 23:25:02

At least as clean as I found it.

MrsNuckyThompson Sun 15-Jan-17 23:30:42

Good lord, no, I don't clean it.

I mean I leave the place tidy and will load dishwasher but I've paid for the privilege. It's not like staying at a friend's place. They'll have cleaners in after I've left ( for whom I'd leave a tip).

Unless there are very clear stipulations in the rental that beds must be stripped etc, I never would. Frankly if I see those stipulations in advance I wouldn't rent from there.

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