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How to keep a hotel room clean
As the summer season begins in hotels across the world, making sure that they will be clean is a top priority for both the guests and the hotel staff. However, when there are so many rooms to clean, this can often be a difficult task.
And when there aren't proper procedures in place, sometimes a hotel room can appear not to be as clean as it should.
Here, Shortridge, the provider of commercial laundry services, discusses some of the best methods it believes that hotel proprietors can employ to guarantee that their hotel rooms are always clean and welcoming.
* Create a cleaning plan: For each room a member of staff needs to enter, the routine in which they clean the room should always be the same. The reason for this is that it makes the cleaning process quicker and more efficient. This is because after time the staff will be able to learn their routine and do it quicker every time they clean a room, as steps will not be repeated and a checklist can be made in order of every job that needs completing.
* Put the rubber gloves on: Getting rid of hairs from upholstery and other furniture can often be a difficult task, but not if staff have the right tools for the job. Often, hairs on chairs and the bed can make a guest feel uncomfortable when they have just entered a room. You might not know it, but rubber gloves are great for removing unwanted hairs. By simply dampening the gloves, staff can then use them as a brush, and the hairs will begin to stick. They can also be used on curtains and long drapes to get rid of unwanted dust or any other hairs that get caught on materials in the room.
* Never forget the mattress: Sometimes, it can be easy to forget about a hotel mattress, even when so many people have slept on it. This is probably because the guests never see it very often. At such a busy time of year, the summer is a great time to revive life into a mattress so that a guest's bed is entered feeling and smelling fresh. Guests should make sure to press firmly with a vacuum's fabric and crevice tool, as this will get rid of all the trapped dust that you can't see. To get rid of any stains, use a fabric cleaner or mild suds. Once it's dry, then it can be sanitised with a disinfectant spray - ready to be enjoyed for a good night's sleep once more.
* Giving a vacuum a makeover: Yes, sometimes even the cleaning utensils need to be cleaned. If a vacuum isn't kept in good condition, then it can't help to clean a hotel room as well as it should. By replacing the bag before it is full, cleaning the dust cap and replacing or washing the filters - all of this helps to keep every part of the vacuum working properly. The vacuum's nozzle should always be placed on its lowest setting too, as this allows you to clean floors and carpets effectively. If staff show vacuums care, then it will show them it back by lifting all the unwanted dirt from a hotel room's floors and carpet.
* Light can clean a room: Remember, first impressions are everything. Light in a hotel room can make the difference between a welcoming first impression, and one that is lacklustre. In order to make guests feel as though their room is welcoming and clean, there needs to be sufficient light in the room. Making the most of artificial light is simpler than you think. Light-bulbs can easily accumulate dust after a couple of months; by cleaning the light bulbs, this brightens up the room and exposes it to more light - creating a greater sense of space and a more pleasant ambience within the room as guests enter for the first time.
15th June 2017