Hi Beth, I noticed the white scratches when we arrived on the counter. Assumed they had been there as we hadn't yet used the kitchen. I broke the drinking glass when I was washing the dishes and that was the only place to put it. Trash comes with having kids, sorry I didn't check all the trash cans when I left. Was unaware what to do with it. If you require your guests to take out the trash that would have been helpful to know. Other houses we have stayed at left check out instructions which is good to have onsite.