Everyone loves the feel of a new towel on their skin or slipping in between soft new bed sheets at the end of a busy day. But after a few washes beautiful, fluffy bath sheets can look and feel like used sandpaper and bedding can turn scratchy and rough…
This isn’t acceptable to guests at premium hotels and spas, who are paying for luxury and expect the best.
To keep linens looking and feeling new – and out of the rag pile for as long as possible – we’ve put together 6 Hacks for Launderers.
1. INVEST IN THE BEST
Always buy good-quality towels – preferably more than 500 grams per square metre, which refers to the towel’s density. These towels are more absorbent and longer-lasting. As well as quality towels, investing in laundry equipment that will protect your linens will save you time and money in the long run.
2. DOUBLE-CHECK BEDDING FOR ROGUE ITEMS
It’s inevitable: Guests accidently leave glassware, keepsakes and items of clothing tangled up in hotel sheets. If Housekeeping staff take the time to check for these items, damage to both linens and commercial laundry equipment will be reduced.
3. KNOW WHEN TO SAY GOODBYE
We know: It’s hard to let go of sheets and towels your guests have loved for so long. But if you allow old linens to linger, you’re wasting time and resources washing them. Any items that are
fraying, greying or ripping are ready for the rag pile!
4. HAVE A GOOD STAIN SYSTEM
Having a good process in place for how items are isolated for treatment is essential. Salvaging linens means specially treating them with a specific cleaning process. Treating stains quickly means linens aren’t doomed to the rag pile.
5. KEEP RAGS SEPARATE
Once linens have been removed from circulation, it’s not necessarily the end! Turning them into cleaning cloths will give them a new lease on life. Many properties dye their rags blue to keep them separate from their guest-facing supply.
6. GIVE LINENS A HOME
Clean linens should be stored in climate-controlled storage that keeps them away from hotel
cleaning products and other chemicals. Dirty linens should be kept out of the elements;
weather-stains aren’t welcomed on already dirty items!
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