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Airbnb Laundry Do’s and Don'ts – The Ultimate Guide

August 9, 2021
Hamish Lister

For both parties, the cleanliness of an Airbnb is of paramount importance. A hair here, a crumb there, a dust bunny behind the sofa... Airbnb hosts have to be on their game when it comes to cleanliness to avoid the dreaded three, two, or even one-star review. For guests that conduct the proverbial white glove test on arrival, a dirty abode is going to seriously impede their comfort.

General cleanliness is one thing, but when it comes to sheets and towels, it's a different matter. If they are not washed to a hotel standard, the guest might be logging on to Booking.com quicker than you could fold a towel. In fact, we have it on good authority that laundry is the bane of an Airbnb host’s existence. Changing guests and high cleanliness standards are a match made in hell, especially when precious reviews are on the line. 

Extra brownie points are also available for those Airbnb hosts that consider their guest’s personal laundry needs. Depending on the length of stay, guests will likely want to wash their own clothes. Providing either a top-quality laundry service or an on-site washing machine could go a long way.

Some of the most commonly asked questions from hosts and guests are actually about laundry: What is the best bedding? Should I provide spare sheets? Can I use the washer/dryer? Should I bring my own spare sheets!?

Who knew laundry could be such a stressful and confusing subject?

So with travel starting to open up again, we thought we’d do everyone a favour and create a definitive guide to laundry for Airbnb hosts AND guests from the experts here at Oxwash.

For Hosts

Should I provide a laundry service for my Airbnb guests?

If you’re looking to hit consistent 5-star reviews with gleaming comments, providing a high-quality laundry service is the way to do it. The level of commitment, attention to detail, and care are enough to make any Airbnb guest weak at the knees. But you don’t actually want to be doing all that washing yourself, do you?

That’s when you enlist the help of a dedicated laundry service for your guest’s convenience, and who better to recruit than us, Oxwash. We provide an award-winning laundry service for short-lets andAirbnbs, using certified microbial disinfection to uphold world-class washing standards.

Offering bespoke scheduling, rapid turnarounds, and top-of-the-line machinery with a human touch ensures every small stain is removed, every crinkle is ironed out, and your guest’s laundry is returned cleaner than it has ever been before.

Our professional, friendly, and fully insured riders very dutifully and diligently follow your instructions and ensure properties and guests are treated with the utmost respect.

If you’re hosting an Airbnb in London, Oxford, or Cambridge and want to take your service and ratings to the next level, there’s simply no one better.

Find out more about our industry-leading laundry and dry cleaning services by clicking here.

Should I provide complimentary laundry products (i.e. washing powder) for my Airbnb guests?

The short answer is yes. Small touches such as this that don’t cost much will go a long way to making the guest feel comfortable, bolstering the inevitable positive rating. Remember, guests want to feel at home in an Airbnb, and that means having common household cleaning products at their disposal.

DIY laundry hacks to save time and money

As an Airbnb host, you will know that laundry is a never-ending chore and that any hack, tip, or trick that saves even the slightest bit of time is like gold dust. So, if you’ve ever spent half the day tussling with a stain or have too much laundry, here are some life-saving hacks to help you master the art of laundry.

●     How to tackle stains in a Jiffy and keep whites white - Have white sheets and want to keep them that way? Trouble dealing with stains? Vanish is a must to add to your cleaning arsenal. We use Vanish’s magic products in every wash we do to tackle the toughest stains and to ensure whites stay bright and colours stay vibrant.

Click here to learn more about Vanish’s industry-leading range of stain removal and cleaning products

●     Stock up - Buy enough sets of sheets and towels, so you only have to concentrate on laundry once a week.

●     Fast-drying materials - You could save yourself a lot of time by investing in fast-drying bedding and towels. While not the most luxurious material on the market, brushed microfibre sheets and medium thickness towels dry in an instant!

What bedding is best for Airbnb?

First and foremost, your bedding should match the quality of your Airbnb. Secondly, white is the colour to go with as it oozes quality and cleanliness. Thirdly, provide a number of options for your guests in terms of a duvet, comforter, and fitted sheets. As bedding is the one thing all guests will use, it’s a good idea to invest in high-quality sheets that will last after many washes.

What items should you wash between guests?

Definitely the bedding and the towels! Everything else is up to your discretion, and by your discretion, we mean does it look dirty? You’re not expected to wash the sofa covers after every guest, for example.

Should you provide spare sheets and towels for Airbnb guests?

Yes. Accidents happen, and when your guests spill something on their bedding, they want to have the option to change the sheets then and there.

For Guests

Can I use the washer/dryer when staying at an Airbnb?

If your Airbnb is equipped with a washer or dryer, and the host has not explicitly stated that you cannot use it, you can assume that it is there for guests’ use. But, a quick message to double-check wouldn’t go amiss.

How can I do laundry at an Airbnb without a washer/dryer?

Nobody wants to even think about laundry when they’re on holiday. But when you’re taking an extended vacation or spill something on your fanciest garments, laundry soon becomes imperative. If your Airbnb doesn't have the necessary equipment, you could wash your clothes in the sink or the shower, but does this really count as washing them? You could find a local laundrette, but then you would have to worry about going to pick your clothes up at a certain time.

Or, you could use Oxwash’s dedicated, on-demand laundry and dry cleaning service. We collect your laundry at a time convenient to you, wash it using state-of-the-art technology, and deliver it neatly folded at a time of your choosing.

Don’t let washing get in the way of your holiday; let Oxwash handle your dirty laundry.

Should I bring my own sheets and towels to stay at an Airbnb?

You definitely should not be required to bring your own sheets and towels to a half-decent Airbnb. If this question is nagging away at you, however, all you have to do is send the host a quick message.

What home items am I responsible for washing at my Airbnb?

You shouldn’t be responsible for washing anything in terms of sheets and towels, and the host won’t expect you to. You should check the description of the Airbnb and ask the host if you are concerned, however.

The host gives guests a rating as well remember, and to ensure a gleaming review, washing your sheets is an excellent idea. But again, definitely not expected.

How often do I need to wash my sheets when staying at along-stay Airbnb letting?

For long stay Airbnb’s, the host will likely provide you with a spare set of sheets and arrange for delivery and collection of sheets on a regular basis. If there is a washing machine, you may be required to look after your own laundry, in which case, how often you wash your sheets is completely up to you!


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