Guidelines to properly clean your houseboat during the corona crisis

Guidelines to properly clean your houseboat during the corona crisis

If you rent out your space during the corona crisis, for example to healthcare workers, good cleaning is even more important than usual.
Follow the guidelines* below to minimize the chance of spreading the corona virus. In order to minimize the chance of spreading, we strongly advise you to rent out the space to new guests only 72 hours after the last check-out. We recommend that you only clean the room 24 hours after check-out.

  1. Ventilate the room for at least 20 minutes before cleaning it.
  2. Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds before and after each cleaning.
  3. Clean first and then disinfect. First clean the room and surfaces with detergent. Then wait a few minutes and then disinfect with a disinfectant such as a bleach solution. You must disinfect especially objects that are often touched. Think of light switches, door handles, taps and kitchen appliances.
  4. Also clean soft surfaces with the appropriate cleaning products. Obviously, remove loose fabrics from cleaning towels, sheets, bath mats, etc.
  5. Wear disposable gloves, discard after use and wash your hands immediately after taking off your gloves.
  6. Do not reuse fiber cloths, mops and sponges.
  7. Wash all laundry at the hottest recommended temperature and use disposable gloves when machine washing.
  8. Preferably use a laundry bag that you can wash with the laundry. If you use a laundry basket, clean it well after use and disinfect it afterwards.
  9. Empty / replace the vacuum cleaner bag after every vacuuming and clean and disinfect the vacuum cleaner with, for example, a bleaching solution.

Keep an appropriate distance during the stay and ensure that there are enough basic products (sheets, towels, toilet paper, etc.) so that you can exclude this contact during the stay.

Consider expanding the stock of basic products slightly with, for example:

  • antibacterial hand gel
  • disposable gloves and wipes
  • hand soap
  • kitchen paper
  • tissues
  • toilet paper

Checklist of objects to be cleaned and disinfected



  • doorknobs
  • light switches
  • remote controls
  • tables
  • pull switches for fans and lamps
  • window sills and window handles
  • thermostats
  • keys
  • hairdryers
  • railings
  • ironing boards and irons
  • trash and recycling bins


  • sinks
  • handles of cabinets
  • equipment: oven, toaster, pressure cooker, coffee maker, etc.
  • cooking supplies: oil, salt and pepper mill, commonly used spices and storage items, etc.
  • kitchen utensils that are not dishwasher safe: ceramic dishes, plastic kitchen utensils for children, etc.
  • chairs with sturdy backrest


  • sinks
  • toilets
  • crane
  • showers and bathtubs
  • shower curtains and doors
  • shampoo, conditioner, shower foam and soap dispensers


  • clothes hangers and luggage racks
  • bedside tables
  • sinks
  • faucets

Cleaning equipment:

  • dishwashers
  • vacuum cleaners
  • washing machines / dryers

Children's items:

  • toys
  • portable cribs and boxes
  • highchairs

Other amenities:

  • bicycles
  • surfboards
  • spell
  • books

*This article is based on public information on the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) website. The CDC makes no recommendations regarding this article on makes no representations and makes no warranties of any kind, express or implied, as to the completeness, accuracy, reliability, suitability or availability of this content for any purpose. Trading on the basis of this information is therefore at your own risk.