Most people don’t know much about Mousekeeping.
Most know this is the name used for the Cast Members that come and clean your room when you’re staying in a Disney Hotel. Most people don’t know what they do because usually when they are cleaning your room, you’re not in it.
Disney Hotels are known for being clean. I am going to share some of the Mousekeeping secrets with you so you can make your bedroom at home just as cozy and clean quickly as a Mousekeeper does.
Mousekeeping has Occupied tasks for when you’re staying in the room. You do this daily at home. Check Out is what extras are done in your room when you check out. These are weekly tasks done in addition to regular duties.
Here is what Mousekeeping does.
If there is a kitchen in your room, they would go ahead and get your dishes in the dishwasher and run that for you. So if your home and you've been struggling to keep up with the dishes make it a priority to first thing every day before you leave the house put those dishes in the dishwasher and run it. They also wash out the Coffee maker if needed. They use a multi-tasking cleaner to wipe the counters and sink.
Next, the Mousekeeper is going to clean your bathroom. They clean the entire bathroom every day. With a small restroom, it should not take more than 10 minutes even if you’re cleaning the shower.
Disney uses Eco-Lab products, and they’re supposed to be phenomenal, but they’re also hard to find. The gist is they use one cleaner for everything (its faster that way) I use Method, and first I spray my Pinterest Miracle bathroom cleaner in the tub. I use a different cleanser for the tub because a multitasking spray won’t get rid of soap scum. I let it do most of the work for me while I do the rest of the bathroom. I could not find out what the Mousekeepers use to clean the tubs. I think it may be the Eco-Lab.
You’re going to clean your bathroom thoroughly that means cleaning the mirrors the countertops and the toilet. Spray the mirror and counters. Start with the mirrors and work your way down. Wipe out the sink. Wipe between the faucet and the mirror. Wipe down the toilet. If you have time to scrub out your toilet bowl.
In my research, I found that most MouseKeepers will use a scrub brush on a telescopic pole. They spray the shower down, and they start from the top and scrub the walls down and scrub out the tub. The pole makes it faster and requires less reaching and bending.
Now clean the floor very quickly. Use the vacuums bare floor mode or a Swiffer. I have heard Some Mousekeepers prefer a broom and others prefer the vacuum. Mousekeeping puts the towels into the laundry. New fresh towels will be hung and folded. You can opt for clean towels or hang yours to dry.
I know it sounds like a lot of work, but if you have a small bathroom, it is very manageable.
Mousekeeping is also going to empty every trash bin in your room that includes the bathroom.
Mousekeeping replaces toilet paper or soaps and shampoos if needed.
Mousekeeping is also going to make your bed and use a wedge to help lift the mattress for the perfect bed. Making your bed shouldn’t take that long especially once you get used to doing it. Do what hotels do only fuss with the flat sheet and fold a cover or blanket and spread it at the end of the bed.
Mouse keeping is going to dust your room as well. I suggest just using a lambswool or a washable microfiber duster to dust quickly.
Mousekeeping is then going to vacuum your room.
An average hotel room takes them about 15 minutes.
At checkout, they do the occupied tasks but also additional ones.
Fresh blankets and sheets replace the ones the guests were using.
Mousekeeping checks drawers to ensure no items are left behind for the new guests to find.
Most Mousekeepers check under the beds, and this is a great idea to do this once a week at home. Tissues, old water bottles, stray socks, are common things to wind up under the bed.
All of the cups are removed and replaced with fresh, clean ones. Mousekeeping restocks the toiletries.
If I missed anything, please let me know. There is not much information out there on the Mousekeeping procedures.
Finally, in the Disney community, there is a lot of debate over tipping Mousekeeping. Tipping is not required, but the tipping system is in place for a reason. Contrary to what people think new Cast Members with new contracts do not make that much money. If your room is kept clean, please tip. I suggest at least two dollars per person per day. Consider leaving a daily tip instead of one at the end of the trip.
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