How COVID-19 Has Changed Vacation Rental Cleaning

April 14th, 2020 | By Randi Faidley

What Moxie Girl is Doing to Help Flatten the Curve

Disclaimer: This photo was taken before any talk of social distancing had come about. Moxie girl is practicing safe social distancing while on the Job.

In a matter of weeks, COVID-19 has swept across the globe, ushering in a new way of life revolving around social distancing, staying shut in quarantine for days on end, and disinfecting everything.

Business owners have had to adapt quickly to these many lifestyle changes and Moxie Girl is no exception.

We are seeing a shift in vacation rental usage. Instead of traveling abroad for spring and summer vacations, rentals are now being used by guests to self-quarantine away from family and loved ones, and others are renting homes with amenities that have been closed to the public, such as pools and playgrounds.

While we at Moxie are in the business of cleaning we have already had several cleaning and disinfecting policies in place, we would like to highlight the steps we’re taking to ensure that homes continue to stay virus-free:

  • Disinfecting high-touch surfaces. We use a cleaner that contains isopropyl alcohol. It is an effective antimicrobial and is used in the medical field to kill bacteria, fungi, and viruses. During our cleanings, we disinfect every high-touch surface on the property. This includes, but is not limited to door handles, touchpads and keypads, remote controls, countertops, appliances, and light switches. If a person can touch it, we disinfect it!
  • Deep cleans. New studies of COVID-19 are showing the virus can be spread simply through talking or heavy breathing, which can transfer the virus to other areas of a property, not just high-touch surfaces. At Moxie girl we are doing deep property cleans using our isopropyl disinfectant to ensure all surfaces, not just high-touch surfaces, remain clean. We wipe down every room from top to bottom, from light fixtures down to baseboards.
  • PPE. Personal Protective Equipment is essential during this difficult time, and we have armed our Moxies with gloves and face masks to ensure that if a home was used by someone who may have the virus, our Moxies do not contract it or spread it. We change gloves frequently to avoid transmitting the virus, and like everyone else, we frequently wash our hands! We are also disinfecting our equipment frequently and thoroughly. We wash our cleaning rags with bleach and water to make sure they are sanitized.

 

In addition, we are teaming up with our out-of-state property owners who are having increased difficulty managing their properties due to shelter-in-place orders. We are making sure their homes are clean and well-cared for, and when needed, we are taking on extra tasks they are unable to do right now, such as keeping supplies stocked, taking care of general maintenance they may normally do and performing house checks as their properties may be sitting empty more often than usual.

At Moxie Girl, we strive to make sure every property we service is clean and disinfected so that both owners and guests can have peace of mind and a nice escape from the stress and uncertainty this virus has caused. Together, we can help flatten the curve and bring life back to normal.

Stay safe, don’t touch your face, and wash your hands!