The Edmonds Guest Room being prepared for cleaning

The Chace Suite readied for "deep cleaning"

The bed is broken down and the drapes are in the wash

Guests often ask us when our quiet time is.  Our answer, which most innkeepers would probably give, is “we really don’t have one”.  By that we mean that even when there aren’t guests at the inn, there is still a lot of work to do.  We call it “deep cleaning”, which is defined as a once a year dis-assembly of the inn for a thorough, top-to-bottom cleaning of all guest rooms and common areas.

This year we are starting in our Edmonds Guest Room and Chace Suite (see photos).  We take everything apart, get out the cleaning supplies, vacuum, paint brushes and hand tools and get to work.  Each room takes about 4 hours and involves taking down the drapes and washing them as well as the duvet and cover, shams and bed skirt.  Dusting high and low and vacuuming every nook and cranny.  While we clean each room after every checkout, the “deep clean” is more involved and detailed.  We touch up paint, make any needed repairs, and wash all the windows as well.  Any non-routine maintenance we haven’t been able to address is also on our “to do” list.

When all is said and done we’ll have spent 48 hours scouring the inn.  So even though we might consider this our “quiet time” it’s anything but.