Refresher Class on Cabin Cleaning

Okay newbies. You're excited. It's your first cruise. You've done all the research you can so you can best enjoy your vacation. And you will. However, let me remind you, a ship is a floating hotel, and your home for the week has been occupied every day of the year, for several years, by other families. Now, the stewards that clean them, do a good job, considering their workloads. But, you can do better. So, to help possibly avoid things like the dreaded Norovirus, allow me to teach you how to prep your cabin, before you unpack your clothes.

In your carry on, preferably in an outside pocket, you shoul have a lighted, full page magnifier. Before you open any luggage, take the magnifier, lift the corners of the sheets, and look for brown spots, and / or tiny bugs. If you see any, find your steward and show him. If you can't find one, call the front desk. This is very rare, but can happen. If your mattress is clean, put your carry on onto the bed protector.

Now, in your carry on, you should have the following: rubber gloves, Clorox wipes, Lysol spray. The wipes can be repacked into Ziplock bags to conserve space. I recommend double bagging though. First.....glove, grab some Clorox wipes, and have at it. Don't forget the outside door knob. Very important......the tv remote and the phone. Wipe every surface, including the drawers. Wipe the books on the desk. Wipe the safe. EVERYTHING SHOULD BE WIPED. Now, the bathroom. Keep those wipes handy. You can now spray the shower with Lysol. Do the curtain, the shower floor, the toilet.....speaking of which, take a couple of wipes, and do the underside of the rim. Disgusting yes, but very necessary. You may have to do this a couple of times..

Oh, move the towels, and wipe the towel bars. Toss everything into the trash.

If the steward should happen to see you, just tell him, nothing personal, but you travel a lot and this is one of your hang ups.

Congratulations. Now, when your luggage arrives, you'll know your clothes are going into clean drawers and onto clean shelves.

enjoy your trip

17 Answers

Nice primer, BAK1061.

Great advice but so far I have not done any of it. Luckily for me I have never come down with the Norovirus, just good luck so far. I don;t even want to think about bedbugs, ug!

It takes us about 20 min. - 1/2 hr. Then we head to the buffet for a snack.

Wow, never really thought about this. Maybe will next trip.

Not bad advice for "seasoned" travelers that may have gotten a little lax in their travel habits. Just so you know, we also do this in the hotels. I won't tell you some of the things we've least twice....underwear.Surprised

I do take the wipes and wipe everything. Have not done the shower in the past. Good info I will now include the magnifier.


Is the next class on Compulsive obsessive disorder ?

Here's what you can do. Go to a hotel near you. Any hotel, one you think is really clean. Book a room. Now, glove up, grab some toilet paper or some wipes, and do under the rim of the toilet. Nothing else, just under the rim. Let us know how that works out for ya.

Still think we're OCD ?

Since I do not eat out of the toilet, do not put my hands in the toilet, do not drink out of it....... I mean I check for bed bugs in any ship or hotel, I travel with a couple wipes for, phone, remote, light switches and door knobs...... but I dont glove up the toilet........


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