AirBnb Announces Enhanced Cleaning Initiative

AirBnb Announces Enhanced Cleaning Initiative

Worried about booking that AirBnb for a quick getaway because of covid-19? AirBnb hopes to set minds at ease with their new Enhanced Cleaning program.

AirBnb Enhanced Cleaning Initiative
AirBnb launches its new Enhanced Cleaning Initiative. Photo courtesy of

Many Canadians are looking to get at least some vacation time this summer. But many have been wary of the covid-19 conditions that come along with travel these days. From airplanes to hotels and home rentals, cleanliness is the top concern. Which is where the new AirBnb Enhanced Cleaning Initiative comes in.

AirBnb Enhanced Cleaning Initiative: What Does It Mean?

AirBnb has stepped up with what they say is the first standardized guidelines for cleaning and sanitization in the home sharing industry. It’s a set up of new enhanced cleaning protocols to support hosts and governments. Educational materials and tools are now available for hosts in Canada and 11 other countries: Australia, Brazil, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States. And soon to be available worldwide. 

Following the guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and former Surgeon General of the United States all hosts will have access to the enhanced cleaning educational materials, including a Quick Start Guide and Cleaning Handbook. The new AirBnb Enhanced Cleaning Initiative will give details on personal protective equipment, how to clean every room in a home, what to sanitize, and what supplies to have on hand. 

What to expect…

Of course, each host is also responsible for following local provincial and city guidelines based on their location in addition to the cleaning processes. Hosts who commit to following the cleaning protocol will receive a special call-out on their listing. This way guests know they are committed to an enhanced cleaning and sanitization routine.

Hosts that do not commit to the cleaning protocol can use a new feature called booking buffer. This creates a longer time between rentals to allow for cleaning and added safety for future guests. 

Would you book AirBnb now?

Would you feel more comfortable to book an AirBnb knowing these cleaning regulations are in place? It certainly should put more minds at ease knowing new policies are in place.