An essential item for any hotel’s linen closet, bath towels are an affordable luxury that provides comfort to guests. However, if not cared for properly, they can lose their freshness and become dull.
Here’s how to care for bath towels to have them looking (and smelling) nice and fresh.
4 Ways to Care for Your Hotel’s Bath Towels
Launder Them Together
Ever notice how after doing laundry, the wash load has bits of towel fabric stuck to them? Or how little nubs form on the towel after you take out a load of dirty laundry from the machine?
A lot of times, hotel staff makes the mistake of washing towels along with bed sheets and pillowcases, or even other types of cloth. This causes the towels to ‘pill’, which is when short fabric fibers rub against the long fibers characteristic of bath towels, causing the two to bunch together and form ‘pills’.
Always have your staff launder towels together, separate from other types of cloth. However, be sure to wash them in small laundry loads. Attempting to wash and dry too many towels at a time will interfere with the air circulation of the dryer. An overstuffed load will come out stiff and harsh because the fibers would have matted down and wouldn’t be fluffed.
Maintain Their Fluffiness
When shopping for bath towels, hotel management usually prefers getting the softest and fluffiest ones available for their customers’ maximum comfort. However, if not cared for properly, these towels can lose their softness over time and instead become rough.
To avoid them from appearing scratchy and dull, a good way to maintain their fluffiness is by adding white vinegar to the washing cycle. By simply adding a cup or a half to the washer’s dispenser, the detergent build up will be easily removed instead of otherwise getting stuck in the towel’s fibers. This will definitely help with the towels fluffiness and softness!
Get Rid Of Musty Odors
If stored in a place that has moisture, bath towels can begin smelling musty. If this happens, the hotel cleaning staff must wash the towels in hot water with either a bit of white vinegar or baking soda added to the detergent. Another good tip is to add a few drops of essential oils to bring about fresh scent to the laundry load.
In order to prevent the towels from smelling musty, be sure to store them in a cool and dry place. Don’t delay the wash cycle by leaving the guests’ towels hanging damp in their bathrooms!
Avoid Fabric Softeners
Contrary to what you may have heard, fabric softeners actually can be detrimental for a towel’s longevity. They stop being effective after a few uses and can damage towels instead. This is because fabric softeners cause buildup which can mar the fibers, and this, in turn, causes stiffness, dullness as well as a noticeable decrease in its absorbency. Instruct your cleaning staff to use as little of fabric softeners as possible!
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