The choice of hotel linen plays a major role in shaping the experience of the guests. Rough and tough bedsheets do not feel good against the skin while stained bedsheets are a turnoff and raise questions on the hygiene and cleanliness of the hotel. However, vigorous institutional laundering and repetitive use may damage the texture and feel of hotel linen, leaving housekeeping staff agitated. Investing in good quality bedsheets will not only make the guests happy with their softness and elegance but will also reduce your linen budget by 40%. This blog will help you choose your hotel bedsheets to enhance your guests’ experience and help your housekeeping staff.
Whether you have a motel or an international chain of hotels, your bedsheets need to be durable and long-lasting to keep your budget minimum. Stronger bedsheets withstand vigorous institutional laundering and do not lose their shine and softness after a few washes. However, there are misconceptions related to the thread count which needs to be addressed. A higher number of thread count does not ensure that your bedsheets are durable, but the fabric, type of weaving and other technicalities need to be considered as well. And durability isn’t the only factor that needs your attention, but texture and fabric should be equally important in your decision. Whether it is a T-250 white bedsheet or any colored one, look for bedsheets that are durable, soft and crease-resistant.
As a responsible hotel management, you must look for affordability and durability in your hotel bedsheets, such as in Icon T-200 white bed sheet, made with 60% cotton and 40% polyester or T-300 white bed sheet, made with 65% combed cotton and 35% polyester. The combination of cotton and polyester makes bedsheets breathable and long lasting, reducing your repurchasing needs.
When bedsheets are vigorously washed, the stitching at the corners is likely to come off. While purchasing, you need to prefer bedsheets with double-needle stitching, like the ones offered by DZEE Textiles, so the bedsheet can withstand vigorous laundering without damaging the stitching, softness or texture.
Hotels lose their bedsheets, towels, and pillows very often. Half the time your housekeeping staff is either looking for the missing bedsheets or is sorting them according to the sizes. You need to purchase bedsheets that can be easily identified either through a colored hem or a different label for each size, so the bedsheets are easier to identify and manage.
Bed sheets are one of the most important and excessively used products in the hospitality industry, but little is known about them. Hotels look for durable and long lasting bed sheets but what really makes a bed sheet long lasting and durable? It may not be what you think it is. Here are some of the misconceptions about bed sheets that need to cleared, so you can make smarter choices.
Higher Thread Count Is Everything
Thread count is one of the most confusing areas when it comes to understanding bed sheets. In simple words, thread count is the number of threads woven together in a square inch. It is believed that the higher the thread count, the softer and finer will be the bed sheet. Textile companies want consumers to believe that a high thread counts means durable and soft bed sheets, while there is more to it such as the kind of weaving, type of cotton and more. For example, the stress on a tight weave can cause the fabric to tear apart or break down quickly, hence, don’t make your decisions based only on thread count.
All Sheets Should be 100% Cotton
Although cotton is the most popular fabric but there are several variations in cotton as well. Cotton is durable, affordable and breathable, however, just because 100% cottons sounds wonderful to the ears does not mean it will be in your favor. As a hotel, you must understand what to look for when buying bed sheets or covers. For example, you should look for polyester stitching on the corners to withstand vigorous institutional laundering if you want to reduce your repurchasing needs. If you want an added durability, certain percentage of polyester works well but there isn’t a formula that works every time, everywhere.
Bed Bugs Start to Grow When Witnessed on the Bed Sheet
You need to understand that bed bugs made their way to your hotel room long before you found blood or fecal stains on your bed sheets. There are probably generations and generations of bed bugs already replicating in your room, therefore, just because you haven’t found any symptoms on the bed sheet or mattress does not mean you are good to go. These tiny creatures are flat and can hide in the tinniest places, like in the inside of the head of a nail screw, inside wooden furniture, on the sides of the plastic objects and more. Remember that your bed sheet is not responsible to indicate that you are facing a problem and you must not expect it to.
Hotels have to wash their towels frequently to give guests a healthy and fresh linen encounter, but vigorous institutional laundering can be damaging to hotel towels. Here are some of the tips and tricks to make your towels last longer:
1. Wash Towels Alone
Different linen products have different washing and cleaning requirements. Towels come in close contact with the skin and must be fresh and hygienic, therefore, need to be washed separately from bed sheets and other linen items. As a responsible hotel management, you must not even wash all towels together, because each towel is suited for a different washing mechanism. For example, hotel pool towel may require different washing processes to make them chlorine-free while hotel bath towels need to be treated more gently to maintain a softer and fluffy feel. Washing towels alone also helps keep the color in place and avoids a runoff.
2. Dry Them Properly
Before taking out towels from the dryer, make sure they are properly dried. Not only do wet towels have an unpleasant smell but also encourage bacteria and other microbial to grow. It is fair to say that hotels need to reuse the towels quickly, but giving damp towels to the guests will only worsen the situation. Your hotel must have enough stock to serve the guests until a washing and drying round is complete. A small date in the open air would make your towels fresh and completely dried, but over-drying can also damage the hotel towels, so make sure you take proper care of them because you don’t want to repurchase often, do you?
3. Avoid Softeners
Although softeners may make your hotel towels smell fresh and soothing, they ruin them before you even know it. The softeners create a waxy layer over-time which damages the absorbency of the towels. Fabric softeners are made with a combination of chemicals that create a thin layer of lubrication on the surface of textile fabrics, eventually keeping the towels and other textile products from absorbing water. Although DZEE Textiles manufactures highly-absorbent towels, you still need to be careful so the absorbency stays. Now imagine that your guests take a warm bath but the towels won’t wipe them dry? Eh! And imagine your hotel pool towels being not-so-absorbent? It is time to say goodbye to all fabric softeners!
4. Keep the Washing Machines Clean
A responsible and well-managed hotel ensures that every product that comes in contact with the hotel guest, directly or indirectly, is properly cleaned. After every wash, you must clean your washing machines thoroughly and rigorously so they are ready for the next round. The least you would want is the color from your previously washed colored pool towels to get on your new bath towels, or all your washing efforts to go in vain. DZEE Textiles promises long-lasting towels, but a little effort from you would make them last even longer!
A good night sleep fixes everything and makes you forget all your worries and problems for some time, refreshing your mind and body. But, sometimes we sleep for hours and still wakeup tired and annoyed or are unable to sleep even if we have a rough day. It is essential for one to sleep well for at least eight hours to start the next day fresh and healthy. However, all of us have faced trouble in sleeping and have been to work with red puffy eyes, wishing we had slept better. Let us introduce you to some of the misconceptions about sleep to help you understand your sleep better:
- Sleeping for More Hours on Weekends will Compensate
If you have been busy on the weekdays, slept late and woke up early than you haven’t been sleeping properly and sleeping throughout the weekend will not compensate for the lack of sleep. It just won’t because sleep isn’t accumulated. If you haven’t slept for two days does not mean your body and mind need 16 hours of sleep, therefore, sleeping for extra hours will not be helpful. Getting a good sleep is an everyday need and must be met every day, just like you need to take medicines on the right time and not all of them at the end of the day.
- It Doesn’t Matter Where You Sleep
Some of us can sleep wherever we find space, especially when we are tired and sleepy, but where and how we sleep determines the quality of sleep. It isn’t only about sleeping for eight hours but getting peaceful sleep, to wakeup fresh. Rough surfaces and unbreathable bedsheets cause disruptions in sleep by hurting your back and causing the body to sweat. Remember the times when you spent the night tossing and turning? It could be because of your bedding or pillows and may be its time to switch to 100% cotton bedsheets and virgin cluster-fiber pillows.
- It is Okay to Snore
As much as you want to tell yourself that snoring is okay and that the only problem with it is that it annoys the other person, you must know that it is not okay to snore. It is associated with several medical conditions including diabetes and cardiovascular diseases. It is also a sign of sleep apnea which means that your system faces episodes of reduced or almost no airflow during the night or may hint towards narrowing of airways. You can start with changing your pillows and sleeping positions and consult the doctor if you are unable to control it.
The battle between polyester and cotton continues for centuries but it’s time to make the right decision for your hotel. Polyester is a man-made synthetic fiber that originates from petroleum, coal, air, and water and is formed from a chemical reaction between an alcohol and acid. It is used in manufacturing clothes, industrial fabrics, recording tapes and more. On the other hand, cotton is a natural staple fiber which grows on bushes and the flowers last for five to seven days. It is extensively used in textile products including clothing, bedsheets, pillows and more. Here is your guide to make the right decision with your hotel textile supplies.
- Cotton Lets Your Body Breathe
Cotton is a breathable fabric, with more moisture and heat resistance than other fabrics and prevents sweating of the body. It absorbs heat and moisture and allows the air to move freely through it to keep the body cool during summers. However, polyester is made from synthetic polymers and is temperature-absorbent nature, therefore it makes the body feel warm. It allows perspiration to build up instead of absorbing sweat and causes discomfort to the body. Although polyester bedding lasts longer than cotton bedding, cotton gives a pleasant experience to the guests and helps sleep better.
- Cotton is Easier to Maintain
Cotton is easier to clean and can be hand-washed, laundered or dry-cleaned because of its versatility and durability. It can withstand high temperatures therefore, it can be boiled and sterilized. It can also be dried in a dryer or hung on a clothesline without damaging its texture and feel while the wrinkles can be removed easily with an iron. On the contrary, polyester is a synthetic therefore, it is heat-sensitive and exposure to high temperatures during washing, drying or ironing can cause the fabric to melt or deform. Stains on polyester fabrics are difficult to remove and they become yellow over time.
- Cotton is Hypoallergenic
Cotton is hypoallergenic, bleach-free, pigment-free and pesticide-free and does not use any chemicals during the manufacturing process. Cotton does not contain any metals as well, therefore, chances of allergic reactions to chemicals and metals are reduced. You get hundreds of guests in your hotel with different skin types and may have various skin conditions and allergies. The hypoallergenic nature of cotton bedding ensures that hotel guests stay safe and healthy. However, Polyester is derived from petroleum and consists of various harmful substances which can cause allergic reactions. To be on the safe side, choose cotton bedding for your hotel.
Have you made your choice?
We have been hearing ‘winter is coming´ from a long time and it’s finally here! Apart from cuddling in the blanket all day and struggling with waking up in the morning, winter is the most awaited season with warm fleece, cozy socks and coffees. But, but, taking care of your hotel guests becomes more critical with the sensitivity of the weather, as guests may easily catch cold, flu or may be upset if there hot chocolate milk wasn’t hot enough. However, providing a warm and comfortable fleece to wrap themselves with is the key to an exquisite hotel experience in the winters.
But, what makes a good fleece, huh?!
Look for breathable fleece. Period! We all wrap ourselves with the fleece and cuddle with it when it’s a cold night, covering the entire body from head to toe. Since the fleece is warm and covers the body, it must be breathable to ensure that guests don’t feel suffocated during the night if the fleece is pulled up to the head or even otherwise. Often during the night, one feels the need to take off the blanket because it gets difficult to breathe, interrupting the flow of sleep, especially for people who face difficulty in falling asleep, hence the need of breathability.
Never compromise on the virginity of the fiber and look for 100% virgin polyester fiber fleece. Make sure that your fleece does not have recycled fiber because people get more sensitive in winters and are likely to develop breathing problems such as worsening of asthma. A virgin polyester fiber ensures that the fleece is free of microbial or any other microorganisms that can be harmful for the guests. Remember that the well-being of your hotel guests comes before everything else.
Oh, and don’t forget to look for affordable and moisture-absorbent fleece as a cherry on top!