As a hotelier, you want
to keep your expenses low while also providing quality and comfort to your
guests. Beds and its necessary adornments such as pillows and sheets are one of
the key items that can make or break your guest’s satisfaction. Therefore it is
important to keep them clean and in good condition. When is the time to toss
and replace your sheets? Well, there are a couple of telltale signs.
Telltale sign #1:
The sheets are losing their soft touch, even after washing.
In general, quality
sheets should be lasting you a couple of years. The longevity of the fibers in
sheets depends on the type material and how often they are washed and with
what. Your sheets will last longer if they are properly washed and at lesser
frequency. If you are a green hotel that encourages guests to reuse their
towels, this will help preserve the quality of the fibers. This is another
reason to invest in green
laundry detergents that do not degrade the quality of the fabric. If the
linens are dowsed in harsh washing chemicals and stains are removed as quickly
as they are made, luxury sheets should last 5+ years.
High quality cotton
sheets can easily last about a decade, however the type of cotton is important.
Cheaper quality cotton sheets are usually made of shorter fibers, and they will
be quick to untie and become brittle. Thread count has been debatable in terms
of comfort but what is not contentious is the importance of thread count in
durability. A higher thread count means lengthier and multiple fibers that in
the long term will withstand chemicals, heat, and abrasiveness better than
shorter fibers. Combining poor quality cotton linens with high temperatures,
which can happen during the drying process, can quickly deteriorate the integrity
of the fabric.
Telltale sign #2: The sheets lose their luster.
If you happened to have
and/or percale sheets and have noticed they are not as shiny as they were
before, than it is indication that the material is breaking down. Sateen sheets
are sometimes lumped with cotton sheets. Indeed they are made of cotton but
have different wear and tear because they are processed completely different.
Sateen sheets are given a special process called mercerizing, which involves
dipping the spun cotton in lye and then in acid. This processing gives the
cotton a slick shiny look, and makes the sheets look denser because the fibers
have swelled. Although a great look to any bed, this heavy processing already
does siginifcant changes to the fiber in the linen and therefore, is more
likely to strip of color and sheen after a couple of washes. If you have sateen
sheets in your hotel, you may already be aware of the short life span of that
type of material. As stated previously, keeping temperatures low during the
drying cycle and using less chemically dense cleaners can help preserve the
color and shine of sateen sheets.
sheets are also part of the cotton sheet family. These sheets usually have
a thread count of 180-225 and are
usually considered to be of higher quality.
Some manufactures do 50 cotton and 50 polyester blend to make percale material.
Because of this process they also have a sheen to them more so than regular
cotton sheets but less so than sateen sheets. They are also more durable
because of the woven process. Although they may lose some luster, percale
sheets usually get softer with washes.
Westpoint, Millennium T300 sheets that have selections of percale sheets for
sale! In addition to the pristine look of sateen sheets made by Martex
Telltale sign #3: Stains no longer come out as
There comes a point in
every sheets life where it just does not bounce back like it used to. With proper
care and instruction, many stains can be removed from cotton fabrics. After
several washes, and stains, the fibers begun to retain more and more of
whatever color or residue is left by a stain. In time, removing stains becomes
more difficult or leaves a slightly bruised circle on the material. Fibers can
only be washed and scrubbed so much before falling away. This one is obvious,
you do not want to be giving slightly discolored, brittle feeling sheets to
your lodgers. If you begin to notice lost in buoyancy from the material, it is
time for replacement.
A lot of your hotel
sheets should be lasting a couple years, as discussed, much of that is
dependent on your hotel’s cleaning practices and the quality of sheets you
purchase. Sheets are an item that should be spent more on, it will cost less in
the future than to buy cheaper material that must be replaced more often. It
tells your guests that you care about their comfort.
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