Ever since the COVID-19 crisis, Airbnb and its hosts have been facing the music. With many countries imposing the travel ban, business for these entrepreneurs has been diminishing. This was majorly due to the cancellations that were subject to the pandemic.
The Invisible Enemy
Hosts at Airbnb are now struggling with the new pandemic cleaning. According to a host, she and her team spend 4 hours of daily cleaning. This exercise is getting tedious to perform on a daily basis.
First, it was the lack of bookings that hit Airbnb hosts financially. But now the challenge is to keep the property free from pathogens. This indeed is a different kind of a struggle, fighting an invisible enemy is one big challenge.
Many hosts have removed unnecessary items from the property as they are difficult to sanitize and clean on a daily basis. Cleaning the boards and wiping the doors have become a daily challenge. Decorative items and throw pillows are not really necessary at the moment and are much more difficult to sanitize.
Before the COVID-19 it was much easier to clean the surface and ensure a healthy living standard for guests. Hosts were cleaning all items and polishing a few if necessary. On the contrary, Airbnb hosts are now using strong chemicals for disinfecting purposes. This is also dependent on much are they willing to spend from the already dry spell that they are facing.
Once the countries remove the travel bans, it will be a big challenge for the hosts to instill confidence in the guests.
Airbnb Released New Enhanced Cleaning Protocols
The new protocols include guidelines for cleaning each room in the home. If these protocols are implemented by the host, Airbnb will display this with the property for guests.
Properties that follow the guidelines will be available to stay right after the enhanced cleaning is performed. The host Cleaning Protocol will include specific information on COVID-19 prevention. Such as the use of personal protective equipment, like masks and gloves for hosts or their cleaners, as well as recommendations for disinfectants by the regulatory authorities.
If a host is not able to commit to the new protocols, Airbnb will give them the Booking Buffer. This means that the property will not take back to back bookings. The property will be vacant for 72 hours before the next guest arrives. This gives them more time to treat the property for proper cleaning.
New bookings for the property will come after 72 hours.
At the same time, travelers need to understand that the risks associated with travel will never be fully eliminated. But only prevention can help to bring back the normal in our lives.