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December 2021

[Expert hygiene advice] 3 questions to ask before leaving for your Airbnb vacation

Written by Lemay Rogers
Cleanliness and Hygiene

The holiday season is upon us and travellers are cautiously optimistic considering the COVID-19 pandemic's fourth wave.

With more travellers choosing Airbnb as their preferred holiday accommodation, we've put together a list of questions you should ask your Airbnb host to ensure hygiene protocols are up to scratch and that you have peace of mind during your well deserved break.

3 Questions to ask your Airbnb before leaving home for your vacation

  1. What is your COVID-19 cleaning policy

    Cleaning regimes have changed since we wrote our first Airbnb cleaning blog. While these principles are still very relevant, the pandemic has focussed efforts on levels of hygiene and disinfection. Things to consider:

      • Is adequate time allowed between bookings to ensure the premises are properly aired and that thorough disinfection wipedowns can be done?

      • Are good quality disinfection and cleaning products being used?

      • Does the unit have an air purification device?

      • Are frequently touched surfaces including tv and air conditioner remote controls, light switches and door handles disinfected thoroughly?

  2. What are your receiving and send-off protocols?

    It is important to follow COVID-19 guidelines when your host receives you and when you depart from your Airbnb. Wearing a mask and social distancing are standard practices now but it is important to ask whether your host takes any additional precautions like sanitising your unit's keys on handover.

  3. What other precautions do we need to take?

    If you haven't visited the Airbnb you've booked before remember to ask your host about special precautions for the area.  If you are renting in an apartment block, inquire about the block's COVID protocols and rules or if you are renting in a gated community there might be specific protocols for the clubhouse. 

We hope that this advice helps you have a safe and restful festive season. To help ensure your premises as an Air BnB host is up to to scratch, make sure to get all of your hygiene consumables in place.

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Lemay Rogers

Lemay Rogers

Lémay Rogers is the Marketing Manager for Rentokil Initial's Sub-Saharan Africa region. When not contributing to the Rentokil Initial blogs, she is the custodian of all things Marketing for Rentokil Initial Sub-Saharan Africa. As a frequent traveller AND mother of a pre-schooler, she is all too aware of how easily germs can travel with us, from one location to another and then back to our homes. Follow Lémay on LinkedIn for practical pest control advice and good hygiene practices, both at home and in the workplace.

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