We know it can be difficult to adopt a new cleaning routine, so we’ve put together a cleaning handbook for hosts and cleaning professionals.

These guidelines were developed with your well-being in mind, from recommended gear to step-by-step checklists.

To help you get started, we’ve broken down the recommended cleaning process into five steps: prepare, clean, sanitize, check, and reset.

Leave enough time to complete the cleaning process before your members arrive and consider leaving this note to tell members about your cleaning routine.

Step 1: Prepare for safer cleaning

  • Gather the right cleaning supplies. We recommend only using disinfectant and sanitizer solutions that are registered with your relevant governmental agency (the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency). We can help you get sanitizing supplies, please make a request here.

  • Review the safety guidelines for your chemicals. Always read the labels on your products to understand their active ingredients and how to use them properly.

  • Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water. If that’s not possible, use a hand sanitizer containing 60% alcohol at a minimum, and refer to your local governmental agency for the latest guidelines.

  • Wear protective equipment at all times. While cleaning, put on protective equipment such as disposable gloves, aprons or gowns, and masks or cloth facial coverings.

  • Ventilate rooms before you clean. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends opening outside doors and windows and using ventilating fans to increase air circulation in the space before beginning to clean and sanitize.

  • Unplug before cleaning. For your safety and to protect fixtures, remember to unplug appliances before cleaning. Plugged appliances that are turned "off" are still connected to electricity until unplugged. You can also shut off the power at the breaker.

Step 2: Declutter your home and clean dust and debris

Cleaning is when you remove germs and dirt from surfaces. For example, using a soapy cloth to wipe off a kitchen counter or stovetop. It’s important to complete this step before sanitizing your space.

  • Take out all the garbage. Starting with this step helps prevent dirty garbage from contaminating the space once it has been cleaned. Make sure to line all the garbage cans, which will make it easier to dispose of tissues and other waste.

  • Wash all dishes, and empty the dishwasher. It’s important to wash all the dishes—even ones in the cabinet—to help ensure hygienic standards. To help avoid cross-contamination, start by walking through the space and collecting dishes from every room.

  • Dust the space, and sweep or vacuum the floor. When dusting, start from the top down to ensure there are no visible signs left over. Sweep all hard surface floors, and vacuum carpeting.

  • Clean all hard surfaces with soap and water. Wipe each surface down to remove dirt, grease, dust, and germs. Hard surfaces include things like countertops, tables, sinks, cabinets, and floors. When mopping, work from the back corner of the room to the front, and dispose of the water in a sink that hasn’t been cleaned yet.

  • Clean all soft surfaces based on the manufacturer’s instructions. Soft surfaces include things like carpet, bedding, curtains, and upholstery. Carefully remove any visible dirt or grime, then clean with the appropriate cleaners indicated for use on these surfaces. If possible, machine-wash items according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

Safety reminder: To help prevent the spread of germs, don’t touch your face while you’re cleaning.

Step 3: Sanitize with disinfectant

Sanitizing is when you use chemicals to reduce the number of germs and bacteria. During this step, we require hosts to sanitize all high-touch areas, especially the work areas. For example, spraying chemical disinfectant on tables, doorknobs, light switches, and cabinets.

  • Once a hard surface is clean, wipe or spray it with disinfectant. Focus on sanitizing all frequently touched surfaces in the space (such as doorknobs and light switches), as well as surfaces that may have touched soiled linens (such as flooring). Be sure to sanitize work areas.

  • Let the disinfectant stay wet for the specified length of time. The product label will specify the wet contact time needed for the chemicals to effectively sanitize a surface. This allows the chemicals time to kill as many germs as possible.

  • Allow to air-dry. If the surface dries before the wet contact time, there’s no guarantee that the product has killed the pathogens claimed on the label. When possible, allow the surface to air-dry.

Safety reminder: Be sure to read all safety labels to ensure you're using cleaning chemicals properly.

Step 4: Check your room-by-room checklists

After cleaning and sanitizing, we ask hosts to review the room-by-room checklists in their cleaning handbook to ensure that all appropriate areas have been cleaned and sanitized. You’ll be able to download the handbook and share it with your co-hosts or cleaning professionals.

  • Double-check that all high-touch surfaces were sanitized. Address especially work areas, coffee stations, and anything that might’ve been missed.

  • Note any maintenance issues or missing items. As you’re passing through to check for completion, note any items that need to be replaced, refilled, or restocked.

Step 5: Reset the room

To help avoid cross-contamination, it's important to finish cleaning and sanitizing a room before resetting it for the next booking.

  • Dispose of and wash your cleaning supplies. Throw away disposable products such as disinfectant wipes. Wash any cleaning cloths at the highest heat setting appropriate for the material.

  • Empty and sanitize the vacuum cleaner after every cleaning. Be sure to sanitize any other cleaning tools that were used.

  • Safely remove any cleaning gear once you’re done cleaning. Dispose of or wash any protective gear according to their usage guidelines. To help prevent cross-contamination, make sure to put on a new pair of gloves after cleaning each room.

  • Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water. If that’s not possible, use a hand sanitizer containing 60% alcohol at a minimum, and refer to your local governmental agency for the latest guidelines.

  • Visually assess each room to ensure the stage is set for the next booking. Imagine yourself as the member entering the space for the first time.

  • Set out cleaning supplies for your guests. We’ve heard from members that they want the ability to clean on their own while staying in your space. Empower your members by setting out cleaning supplies they can use, such as hand sanitizer, disposable paper towels, disposable gloves, disinfectant spray or wipes, and extra hand soap.

  • Restock your cleaning supplies. Be sure to check expiration dates and refill any supplies that you’ve used so you’re ready for the next turnover.

Safety reminder: Always keep chemical products out of reach of children.

Commit to higher standards for cleaning

Now that you know the five-step cleaning process, you can update your current routine and apply these techniques to any room in your space. We know it's a lot of information, so as part of the host onboarding, we’ve summarized each step of the protocol in this summary handbook. We’re asking all hosts to read through that summary handbook and take a short quiz to show that they understand the guidelines and commit to this new cleaning protocol.

Please note that the cleaning guidelines may be updated over time as expert guidance changes—Codi’s enhanced cleaning protocol is based on current scientific knowledge and prioritizes your health and well-being along with that of the overall community.

We know that introducing a new process into your routine takes time, so we’re developing education and product features to help you efficiently and accurately complete these cleaning standards. Check back in this section of the Codi Help Center for more updates. In the meantime, be sure to refer to the cleaning handbook for more details about the five-step cleaning process.

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We hope you find these cleaning guidelines useful as you navigate hosting during this difficult time. We’ll continue to update our recommendations as the situation evolves. In the meantime, please be sure to review any guidelines published by your local government or health authorities.

*This content is based on publicly available information from the CDC and OSHA. The CDC does not endorse this content or Codi. Codi makes no representations or warranties of any kind, express or implied, about the completeness, accuracy, reliability, suitability, or availability with respect to this content provided for any purpose. Any reliance you place on such information is therefore strictly at your own risk. Codi is not responsible for any injuries or disease resulting from following these guidelines. For more information, please consult the handbook.

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