A clean room is a must-have for all hotel guests. Here, Mike Hardman from Alliance Online shares how your hotel can get five stars for cleanliness.
No hotel is complete without the strictest hygiene standards, so you should set out a list of guidelines for your housekeeping staff to follow. In this article, I’ll be telling you how to clean your hotel rooms to impress guests and encourage repeat stays.
Clean bedrooms before bathrooms
When cleaning your guests’ rooms, I would always recommend cleaning the bed and lounge space before moving on to the bathroom, as this should help avoid spreading germs. You should also tackle the toilet last to avoid contaminating the rest of the bathroom.
My handiest tip is to use a colour–coded cloth system as part of your housekeeping, using one colour for toilets, one colour for the rest of the bathroom, and another for the bedroom areas. Again, this should help to prevent you from spreading germs from one space to another.
Give cleaning products time to work
Sometimes, cleaning products can take time to work, especially when it comes to spills or particularly stubborn stains like limescale or coffee. Apply your cleaning product first, then give it some time to act while you go off and clean something else, like the mirror, countertops, or walls. This will usually give the product enough time to work and the stubborn marks can be wiped away a lot easier.
For example, when it comes to limescale, soak some tissue or cotton wool in white vinegar, then place it on the area and leave it to soak while you clean the rest of the bathroom. The vinegar dissolves the limescale meaning it can be washed off a lot easier. Products containing bleach, however, shouldn’t be left for too long as inhaling the chemicals can be dangerous, especially for housekeeping staff who are cleaning multiple rooms each day.
Clean windows and mirrors
Clean bedroom and bathroom mirrors with a glass cleaner and dry microfibre cloth to avoid streaking. If there’s any marks or streaks left, you can gently buff them out with a clean microfibre cloth. A simple glass cleaner can also work to maintain the brilliant shine of chrome taps and fixtures.
Always inspect windows for any marks and smudges, like fingerprints, and wipe with a glass cleaner and microfibre cloth accordingly. Windows will need to be thoroughly cleaned, both internally and externally, about once a month. To do this, fill a bucket with cold water (hot water is more likely to induce streaking), and add a couple of drops of glass cleaner. Dip a microfibre window cleaning sleeve into the water and wipe the glass in circular motions to remove marks and dirt.
Wipe off the water with a squeegee, starting from the top and working your way down in a reverse S motion, which reduces the amount of water that will drip down onto the area you’ve already wiped clean. Make sure that you dry your squeegee with a microfibre cloth before going back to clean some more. If there’s any remaining water around the edges of the window and on the windowsill, dry them with a clean microfibre cloth, too.
Alternatively, you can contact a professional window cleaning service who can clean the exterior of your windows regularly. PPC Window Cleaners offer a for hotels and other commercial buildings, with minimal disruption to staff and guests.
I’d always suggest vacuuming before mopping bathroom floors. This ensures there’s no dirt on the floor that can be spread around with the mop, and hairs can easily be vacuumed up. Then, when you’re mopping, you should start from the furthest corner and mop towards the door, so you don’t trail mud or hair over where you’ve just cleaned.
You should also vacuum any chairs and other furniture in the room to ensure no crumbs or pieces of dirt are left behind. Vacuuming curtains and blinds gets rid of any dust, or you can knock it out by hitting them gently and vacuuming up the dust when it’s fallen to the floor. You can also use the vacuum cleaner to get rid of any dust caught in bathroom vents, which can easily get clogged up, producing an unsightly aesthetic.
Vacuuming the carpet should be your final step before leaving the room, which ensures any dust you’ve wiped off surfaces doesn’t stay on the carpet. Start at the door and work your way into the room, then work your way back out again so that you go over the high traffic areas twice. Then, vacuum outside of the room and check for any stains on the carpet that can be spot cleaned.
Clean rooms are essential for a successful hotel business. By following my easy tips, you can impress even the fussiest of guests.