Does your organisation go through linens like nobody’s business? Are you constantly having to replace sheets and towels? If you provide linens as part of your service, you’ll want to make sure they’re the best quality possible. No matter what you operate, constantly replacing linens is both expensive and bad for the environment. Here are the top ways you could be damaging your linens, and some tips for how to make them last much longer.
Some wash cycles are more aggressive than others. Hot washes are good for removing germs, but a harsh cycle can damage linens more quickly. Make sure that similar linens are washed together – cottons with cottons, towels separate to bedding – to make sure that the correct cycle is used for the entire load.
Some detergents are particularly stringent, which can be good for stains but not kind to the threads in the linens. But it’s also important to use the right amount of detergent.
Too much detergent is damaging to the threads, and is especially harmful to towels, as it makes even the softest fabric into harsh, scratchy towels. Laundry detergents that are too harsh will damage the threads, but so will using too much of even a gentle detergent. Try to make sure you are using the exact amount recommended by the detergent’s manufacturer. Too much can lead to staining, residue on clothes, and even damage to your washing machine!
It can be tempting to try and cram as much laundry into the wash as possible. But an overfilled washing machine can leave detergent residue on your linens, and an over full dryer won’t perfectly dry everything! Washing and drying in smaller amounts, while increasing the amount of individual loads you have to do, will stop these problems completely.
4. Separating linens
Washing bed sheets and towels together might save you a bit of time in the short term, but it’s costing you money in the long run. Towels are a much thicker weave than bedding by necessity, and these thick fibres rubbing against your bedding builds up friction that will prematurely wear and age your bedding. The easiest way to prevent this is just to wash them separately.
When you have to wash a lot of laundry, it can be very easy to mishandle stains. Having a lot of different people use bedding can lead to a lot of stains, but careful washing can keep everything looking fresh. If all of your linens are white, it will be much easier to keep a handle on stains.
Quantity vs quality
Buying cheaper bedding might seem like a great way to cut costs, but it can actually lead to more expenses down the road. Not only will better bedding make people want to stay longer, you can add to the longevity of the linens themselves! Cheaper linens, like with a lower thread count or made of cheap materials, will be more likely to tear or fray.
No matter how high quality, all linens do wear with time and use. The more washes linens go through, the more quickly they will get damaged. A good way around this is to just have more linens! Invest in double the amount of bedding you think you will need.
Having a larger amount in the cycle, while a greater expense in the first place, will save you money in the long run, as you won’t have to replace the bedding as often. The longer the time between washes, the longer the lifespan of your linen! A good rule of thumb is to try and have a minimum three day’s worth of linens on hand at all times.
A few extras…
Linens always need to be stored somewhere dark and dry. This prevents fading, or yellowing, which can happen to fabrics left in sunlight. Damp storage can lead to mould growing on your bedding, which is hard to clean off. You also need to think about preventing moth infestations – clean, dry linens are less likely to be attacked, but for extra protection, you could add cedar blocks or lavender sachets. Moths hate their scents, but humans tend to enjoy them.
Making the bed
Once a guest checks out, try not to immediately change the bedding. Leaving the bed unmade for a while means the air can get to it, which should help prevent dust mites from getting into the bedding.
It can be surprisingly easy to tear even the highest quality linens. Keep an eye out for metal burrs when transporting towels and bedding, especially in situations like when going down laundry chutes. You don’t want to have to constantly replace linens when they get torn!
Time to restock?
Whether you’re starting afresh or adding to existing linens, Homefords has a selection of top-quality wholesale bedding that can make things easier and more cost-effective. There’s no need to register to start browsing and once you do order, you will benefit from a bulk discount a free delivery to mainland UK addresses. That’s topped off with a minimum order of just £100!