Grover Essentials - Care for Organic Beddings and Linen - A Guide for Small Inns
Bed-and-breakfast inns or other small-scale hospitality providers place much stock on a few things: reviews, service, and comfort. Since they do not have the large marketing budgets of hotel chains, they need to make an excellent impression among visitors so that they can gain repeat customers. Because of this, small places focus on indulgences. Inns are going to spend a little more on luxuries like fine thread-count sheets or upgraded bathtubs.
Understandably, though, these things may need thorough maintenance. For example, a common problem is that luxury bedsheets fold at the drop of a hat. Fortunately, this can be easily remedied. House managers should remember a few things when washing organic or high thread-count sheets.
1. Wash organic linen separately
High-quality, organic bed sheets are soft, and they will crease when pressed against other fabric, even other organic fabrics. When washing this type of item, make sure that the load is much lighter than the normal. Use cold water as well; it decreases the strain on the fibers and extends the life cycle of fabrics like these.
Inn staff should be trained to get the washing process right in one go, as this reduces the need for repeat cleanings, and lowers energy and water consumption. There should be a process for sorting out organic from cotton-blended sheets and further separating these into degrees of washing needed.
2. Let it dry on clotheslines
After washing, this type of fabric must be removed from the tub immediately. Avoid tumble drying as much as possible; although it lets the cloth dry quickly, this also creases organic linen. Drying organic cloth outdoors is the best way to untangle them and keep them smooth. Shaking and fluffing thick material like luxury comforter sets would help avoid wrinkles as well.
When draining organic linen under the sun, you must keep it away from direct exposure to heat and light. Sun exposure can cause it to turn yellow or to fade. Meanwhile, if tumble drying cannot be avoided, just keep the number in each batch to a minimum. That is to avoid damaging or shrinking the linen.
3. Store in a dry place
Organic covers, if to be ironed, should be pressed while still damp. Damp cloth appears to be crisp when fitted onto the mattress. If not to be used immediately, let the sheets dry outside and take them indoors when they are completely dry. Storing damp cloth can cause moulds to form on the surface.
Choose a cool dry closet as your linen storage. If possible, line the shelves or drawer with acid-free tissue paper. That will help avoid discoloration or staining due to prolonged storage. Keep linen in wood containers, as plastic can help mildew grow on the sheets as well.
Using organic sheets can be a bit of hard work, and there are plenty of things to remember about washing and storing them. That is made more complex when accounting for multiple beds at once. The effort put in, though, is worth the comfort and relaxation it can give customers for years to come.
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