The life of a stewardess is no easy task and when it comes to cleaning up a Super Yacht there are several tricks to the trade that may help you make the most of your busy time. Whether you’re cleaning, doing laundry or serving the guests you want to make sure you do it with a smile, and are as prompt as possible. Here are a few tips that could help you with your newfound fame of running a smooth ship when it comes to your yachts interior.
Yacht Cleaning Dictionary
Detailing: this is one word you’ll have a love/hate relationship with. This means cleaning everything as intensely as possible to make sure even the smallest of dust particles are removed from every part of the yacht. Think Q-Tips and Toothpicks to remove dirt from tiniest of places
Heads/ Day Heads: this refers to the bathrooms
Galley: also known as a kitchen, to those of us weren’t born at sea
Polishing: this applies to a lot of things on board, but most stewardesses will think of glass wear and silver wear when they hear this word. Whatever comes to mind first, there is a lot of to be done, constantly. (Brass portholes, anyone?)
Standard Yacht Cleaning Tasks
Cleaning is done on a daily basis and the schedule depends on if you have guests on board or not, as well as each Chief Stewardesses preferences. But here are some things that will be a given in your daily routine whether it applies to the crew quarters or the master bedroom.
Vacuuming: this machine will become your second limb as you drag it around all rooms and levels of the boat. Unlike in a house, vacuuming does not just apply to the floors. You start at the top and work your way down, meaning you start by vacuuming the ceilings, then the walls, then the objects in the room and finally, the carpets/floors. You’ll learn to love and use all heads of the vacuum.
Dusting: again, this works best if you start at the top and work your way down to the bottom. This task will also go a lot smoother if you remember that everything needs to be dusted, nothing is safe! Pull out electronics, remove everything from a shelf (vacuum it first if necessary) and wipe down every surface. Before returning the objects back to a bookshelf for example, you’ll also want to dust and wipe down every item that goes on it first.
Mirror/Windows: the longer you work as a stewardess, the better you’ll become at spotting a streaks from across the room – and the more it will drive you crazy each time you see it. Cleaning a mirror properly also starts by going from top to bottom, but most importantly it is the type of cleaner and cloth/wipe you use that will make your life heaven or hell. Spraying the solution you use on a clean, dry, lint-free cloth is easiest. Use this cloth to wipe the solution on the mirror/glass and get it clean. Next, take a dry cloth and give it a buffering in circular motions to make sure no residue or dirt was left behind.
Hint: we find that using a vinegar/water solution with a hint of essential oil (mint) and newspaper as your second-wiping cloth works wonders.
Showers/Tubs/Faucets/Toilets: Beware of tough scrubbing pads as it can leave tiny scratches over time. Soft, lint-free cloths, microfiber cloths and shammys will be your best friend for this type of cleaning. Use the cleaners that are designated by your Chief Stew, and use some elbow grease to remove any residue marks. Q-Tips will come in handy around jets, faucets and other small objects. Use a polish to make all stainless steel objects gleam, and make sure to dry every surface before leaving.
Silver wear / Glass wear: This is where polishing comes into play. First you’ll want to wash the objects (a sponge with warm soapy water works best for glass), rinse with water to remove all soapsuds and dry right away with a flour-sack cloth to remove/avoid all water spots. For silver wear you’ll want to do the same, but also include a polish solution.
Hint: Knowing how to remove a red wine stain out of carpet or material can easily land you some extra brownie points. Act quickly and remember never to rub it in. Blot with a paper towel (no color) remove as much of the stain as possible. Next, grab some salt from the galley and sprinkle a heavy coating over the stain and let it sit. You’ll soon see the salt turn red as it removes it from the carpet. Vacuum this up, and stain treat as normal.