Airbnb requires hosts to commit to enhanced cleaning

UNDATED (AP) — Airbnb says it will require hosts to comply with enhanced cleaning procedures. It’s part of a company effort to reassure guests and local officials during the coronavirus pandemic.

The home-sharing company said hosts have until Nov. 20 to commit to the cleaning protocols. That includes scrubbing floors and other surfaces with soap and water; washing linens on high heat; disinfecting high-touch items like door knobs; and ventilating rooms.

Airbnb is no longer requiring hosts to leave their rentals vacant for at least 24 hours between guests, as it did in April. But it does suggest a 24-hour waiting period, and is telling hosts to consult their local governments for requirements.

Hosts who don’t comply may be suspended or removed from Airbnb.

Airbnb has been on a mission to clean up its image ahead of its initial public offering of stock, which is expected later this year.