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Cleaning & Sanitizing Procedures


AZRNR Vacation Rental Cleaning & Sanitizing Procedure

The health and safety of our housekeepers, managers, homeowners, and guests are of upmost importance to us at AZRNR. Therfore, in lieu of COVID-19 we have implemented a rigorous sanitization and disinfection protocol at each of our vacation rental properties following the departure of our guests. To help ensure the best possible outcome and ongoing safety of each one who enters the property the steps below have been adapted in addition to the strict guidelines we had already employed.

The CDC defines Cleaning as “the removal of germs, dirt, and impurities from surfaces by using soap or detergent and water. It does not kill germs, but by removing them, it lowers their numbers and the risk of spreading infection.”  Disinfecting is a separate step that’s used by AZRNR after cleaning and refers to “killing nearly 100% of germs on surfaces or objects”, according to the CDC. Sanitizing refers to reducing the number of germs to a safe level by utilizing these two processes. To achieve our expectations we have implemented the following cleaning procedures.

  1. All vacation rental field staff/housekeepers/technicians and other cleaning personnel have completed appropriate training regarding proper and safe cleaning techniques and are informed of CDC recommendations.
  2. A mandatory 6 hour minimum re-entry is required by all housekeepers, inspectors, maintenance technicians, managers, and anyone else following AZRNR guest departures unless additionally outlined procedures are followed (see below).
  3. Early arrivals and late departures are temporarily prohibited.
  4. No guest shall be allowed to enter a property less than 6 hours following the cleaning procedure.
  5. All teams are required to understand how to safely use chemical products (such as germicides to clean bathrooms) and properly dispose of trash, cleaning supplies, and biohazards appropriately.  
  6. If a property requires more than one cleaner, or other staff member to be present, proper social distancing protocols are followed.
  7. All housekeepers, inspectors, maintenance technicians, managers, and anyone else entering the property shall wear masks and disposable gloves at all times when entering due to emergent conditions or when less than 3 hours following guest occupancy.
  8. Housekeepers have been informed of the importance of using the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE), including masks, disposable gloves, and in some cases, splash goggles when entering a property. The use of splash goggles to cover the eyes, and a mask that covers the nose and mouth and creates an adequate seal against the face is mandatory for any re-entry into a property within 3 hours of guest departure.
  9. Gloves are changed between properties and also between certain in-property tasks.
  10. Thorough hand washing for at least 20 seconds is done as soon as possible when gloves are removed, before and after each cleaning, and as necessary throughout the day. If hands are visibly dirty, hand washing with soap and water is performed. If soap and water is unavailable an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol is used. 
  11. Masks are properly discarded when moist, wet, or no longer effective. Cloth masks that can be reused or washed, are carefully placed in a zipper bag (such as Ziploc®) to be disinfected later.
  12. When the cleaner arrives, windows are opened when able to do so to “air out” the property. HVAC and ceiling fans are turned on to assist in this process. Windows are closed and locked when leaving the property.
  13. Use of CDC approved disinfecting products are used on all major surfaces and close attention is given to all high-touch areas, including but not limited to the following:
    1. Doorknobs
    2. Fans and lamps
    3. Garbage and recycling bins
    4. Hairdryers
    5. Irons and ironing boards
    6. Keys and keypads
    7. Light switches
    8. Railings
    9. Remote controls
    10. Tabletops
    11. Thermostats
    12. Window sills and window handles
    13. Appliances such as coffee maker, oven, pressure cooker, toaster, etc.
    14. Cabinet handles and pulls
    15. Condiments such as oil, salt and pepper shakers, commonly used spices and containers, etc.
    16. Chairs
    17. Kitchenware that isn’t dishwasher safe
    18. Sinks
    19. Faucet handles
    20. Soap dispensers
    21. Shower curtains and doors
    22. Showers and tubs
    23. Sinks
    24. Toilets
    25. Hangers and luggage racks
    26. Nightstands
    27. Bedding and linens
    28. Dishwashers
    29. Vacuum cleaners
    30. Washer/dryer units
    31. Kids’ Items:
    32. High chairs
    33. Portable cribs and playpens
    34. Toys, cleanable books, board games, etc.
  14. Supply expiration dates are verified
  15. To prevent the release toxic gases, bleach is never mixed with ammonia or other cleaning solutions.
  16. Sofas, rugs, drapes, and other soft, and porous surfaces including upholstery are machine-washed at the highest heat setting appropriate for the material and/or sanitized as recommended by the manufacturer. Pump sprayers are used to distribute sanitizing product across all soft surfaces.
  17. Linens and bedding are laundered at the correct temperatures and with the correct chemical chemistry for proper cleaning and sanitization. Drying is done at the highest setting the linen will allow without damage to the material and fabrics that require a low temperature receive a chemical sanitation product.
  18. Blankets/comforters are replaced with a freshly washed items
  19. All extra throw blankets, decorative pillows, or other soft objects are cleaned and put away.
  20. Gloves and masks are worn at all times when handling trash.
  21. A proper disinfecting product is used on trash barrels and bins, and a fresh liners are placed inside.