Setting Vacation Rental Cleaning Standards During COVID-19

With Florida’s Phase 1 plans in action, we’re now welcoming guests back into our vacation homes, whenever they’re ready to return. As we’ve listened to your comments and concerns, we’ve used them to re-vamp our procedures and take our cleaning standards to the next level.

The cleanliness of our vacation rentals has, and always will be, held to the highest standards in the vacation rental industry. Setting vacation rental cleaning standards during COVID-19 is no different and it’s our top priority to exceed the expectations in order to ensure your home and vacation is a clean and welcoming one.

VRHP/VRMA Cleaning Guidelines

 

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As we are following the recommended cleaning guidelines from the Vacation Rental Housekeeping Professionals (VRHP) and Vacation Rental Management Association (VRMA), we’ve begun an increasingly rigorous sanitization and disinfection protocol. These protocols will work to protect both our guests and our staff.

Safeguarding Our Magical Team

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The key to an outstanding clean is the health and safety of our Magical Team. We have gone through vigorous training on social distancing methods, personal protection and both cleaning and hygienic actions for the self and the home.

Any of our team members who arrive to work showing signs of illness, experiencing COVID-19 related symptoms, or have come into contact with a person suspected of contracting the virus will be sent home and recommended to have themselves tested. Once we receive confirmation that this individual is healthy, we will welcome them back into our offices to continue serving our guests.

All of our staff will be provided with Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), including face masks and disposable gloves at all times at your vacation rental. These will be worn at all times with gloves switched out to avoid any sort of cross-contamination.

Our Cleaning Practices

As always, our routine inspections are in place to ensure that your vacation rental meets all expectations. Having a show-ready villa is important, but in order for a villa to meet these standards, it has to be as clean as humanly possible.

cleaningOur team will also pay careful attention to high-touch surfaces including (but not limited to):

  • Doorknobs
  • Stair railings
  • Telephones
  • Remote controls
  • Television buttons
  • Sliding door handles
  • Touch screens
  • Kitchen appliances and fixtures
  • Light switches

All of these surfaces will be cleaned with hospital-grade, EPA-approved disinfectants to ensure that they are disinfected to the highest standards.

Once these homes have been cleaned, our usual pre-arrival inspections will be performed to confirm that the villa meets the standards we have set. This final inspection confirms if a villa is show-ready and able to welcome its newest guests, making our procedures as thorough as possible.

Maintenance

As maintenance requests do occur, we have developed a new procedure designed to better assist our in-house guests in an efficient manner. Our new procedure is as follows:

  • As part of our steps to provide guests the best service while maintaining a social distance, we are now beginning all troubleshooting via Zoom Chat. This will allow our team to troubleshoot any home issues with the guests. If any such case is not resolved from a virtual standpoint, the next steps will be taken for our staff or third-party vendors to visit the property.
  • If any maintenance staff must enter the home while guests are in-house, maintenance will be protected in PPE throughout the visit. Our maintenance or third-party vendors may ask guests to maintain a safe distance and to not be present (by remaining out of the house or in a separate room)  in order to perform their maintenance duties. This is for the safety of both our guests and staff members. 

We Are Here For You, Always

SafeHome provides exactly what’s needed for you to feel welcome and comfortable. When you choose Magical Vacation Homes, you’re choosing the best for your family, something everyone searches for when planning their getaway. We thank you all for your ever-continuing patience and kindness during these times and we look forward to providing you the best service and quality care.

So go ahead and leave the worries behind. Let our new procedures give you the comfort you need to book yourself that much-needed vacation.

And whether it’s in two months or a year, we’ll be here and ready to welcome you home.

 

For more information regarding any COVID-19 updates from Magical Vacation Homes, please refer to our COVID-19 Updates page. 

Explore Walt Disney World® and More, Virtually!

There’s still a bit of magic in the air! See the BEST of Walt Disney World® and Orlando, virtually, from the comfort of your own couch.

COVID-19 has thrown a curveball at the entire world, leaving many of our favorite happy places at a standstill. As the days continue and the answers to many of our questions seem to be out of reach, we’re all beginning to discover ways to create our own joy in the comfort of our homes.

As avid park goers and Orlando lovers ourselves, missing out on the best of Orlando has caused all of us to be homesick in our own city. And with the thought that many travelers had to put a pause on their magical getaways, we wanted to find ways to create a bit of magic for locals and visitors alike, until we’re all able to return to the “most magical place on earth”.

Virtual Walkthroughs

We can bet that everyone is longing for the days where we can walk down Main Street U.S.A. with a Mickey Bar in one hand and a bucket of popcorn in the other. That feeling of utter childhood joy radiates throughout the parks with every visit and the magic of entering a new land sparks glee as you awe at the sights and sounds around you.

So what if I told you that you could still experience this from home? YouTube has been such a gift these days with virtual walkthroughs, and I wanted to share some of my favorites with you.

Magic Kingdom® Park

Marvel at the Cinderella Castle with a backdrop of endless blue skies in this full walkthrough tour of the Magic Kingdom® Park.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park

Embrace the sights of Pandora – The World of Avatar, Africa, Asia and more with this immersive walkthrough of Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park.

Epcot®

Transport yourself to the future or see the world at the World Showcase with an amazing walkthrough tour of Epcot®.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios®

Experience the Hollywood Glam, the land of Batuu, or even find yourself caught in “the twilight zone” as you watch this walkthrough of the ever-growing Disney’s Hollywood Studios®.

A Little Bonus; Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios® in 360!

Haven’t been to Batuu, yet? Now’s your time to visit! This amazing 360 tour of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge provides you a daytime walkthrough of the newest land on all of Disney Parks’ property. Pop on your VR headsets or enjoy on your screen, the choice is up to you!

Virtual Attractions

Look out for that drop! It’s time to virtually ride your favorite attractions at Walt Disney World®. Check out the compilation of fan-favorite rides an attractions below that span across all four magical parks.

Magic Kingdom® Park

Splash Mountain®

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

Peter Pan’s Flight®

 

Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park

Expedition Everest–Legend of the Forbidden Mountain®

Kali River Rapids®

Na’vi River Journey

 

Epcot®

Frozen Ever After

Test Track® Presented by Chevrolet®

Spaceship Earth

 

Disney’s Hollywood Studios®

The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror™

Slinky Dog Dash

Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance

 

Special Bonus: Virtual Orlando

International Drive Area Virtual Tours from Visit Orlando

Take yourself beyond the parks and walk through all of the Greater Orlando area’s most popular sights. With Visit Orlando‘s newest feature, Orlando Virtual Tour, online visitors can experience the city from their phone, computer or tablet. Stroll through I–Drive or visit Downtown Orlando’s Lake Eola Park. With over 10 locations to choose from, you’ll enjoy endless viewing of our “city beautiful”.

 

As COVID-19 continues to bring uncertainty to everyone, we hope that these bits of happiness help you get through the hard times we’re all facing. Check out YouTube for more of your favorite rides, experiences, walkthroughs, and anything else that sparks joy for you. As always, we continue to wish you and your families the best health and safety during these hard times, and we look forward to the days of exciting travel and making the magic happen.