Off the top of your head, you can name multiple things that have changed drastically in the last year, including the way we celebrate, work, shop, and the way we travel. It is no secret that the hospitality industry has been impacted tremendously by COVID-19.
Recently, our team surveyed our customers to better understand how the pandemic has impacted day-to-day cleaning bed covering cleaning procedures. We also learned that:
Most hotels use a top cover over sheets, bedspreads, and duvets for a clean, polished look. However, with nearly 70% of survey respondents making some sort of change to cleaning procedures and bed make-up strategies, we want to share some reminders for hoteliers about top covers and other bed coverings:
It’s no surprise that our survey results showed increased washing of bed coverings. When selecting the right bed covers, it’s critical—perhaps more now than ever—to invest in products that are able to withstand the rigors of industrial laundering.
Consider top covers utilizing Centium Core Technology®. This technology leverages the comfort of 100% cotton yarn wrapped around synthetic fiber bundles—providing the durability and longevity of polyester with the feel of cotton. Simply put, top covers and linens woven with Centium Core Technology® last longer.
Due to the pandemic, many hotels reduced average par levels and are operating with fewer sets of top covers and sheets for their rooms. Plus, as we mentioned above, linens are in the laundry more frequently. The same set of sheets may be stripped, laundered, and placed back on the bed all within a few hours. This combination poses a risk to linen longevity.
The fibers in your linens, including your sheets and top covers, need rest. Without rest, the likelihood of products ripping increases. Resting enhances linen performance by allowing them to retain moisture, but also to extend their life-expectancy, saving you the cost of replacement.
You don’t need to iron a bedspread, but a top cover? It can be difficult to achieve an attractive look without an industrial ironing equipment. How can we help? By taking away the need to iron at all.
Our Cumulus Top Cover is designed to be textured. It doesn’t need ironing, saving your employees the time and effort, and reducing your additional laundry expenses. The top cover is wash-activated and creates a fluffy, cloud-like appearance. Utilizing our Centium Core Technology, Cumulus performs better for longer.
Some of our survey respondents said they have moved from duvets to triple sheeting. Switching to triple sheeting can make it easier to clean and change over a room, reducing time and cost. While both top cover and duvets can be easily laundered, housekeepers spend 3-4 times longer replacing a duvet cover as opposed to triple sheeting. This simple switch can significantly minimize the time to change each room.
A bonus of converting from duvets to top covers is that they are less expensive to replace and to launder. Read more about triple sheeting.
Bed scarfs can add a touch of color that brings a room together, but our survey indicated that many hoteliers have removed bed scarves to aid in room sanitation. Combining function and fashion, we created the Top Cover with Integrated Bed Scarf, joining the top cover and bed scarf in one product.
Without the need to add a separate piece, the Integrated Bed Scarf simplifies and minimizes the time to make a bed and guarantees symmetry. The top cover also eliminates the excess laundering from having two products on top of the bed.
ImagePoint® top covers also offer a custom alternative option to a bed scarf, with endless design possibilities. We will work with you to make sure your custom top cover is exactly what you envisioned. Keep a clean, crisp look without having to sacrifice color and character.
We admire all of those in the hospitality who have worked so hard to keep guests and other staff members safe. As the hospitality industry takes steps toward normalcy, we look forward to continuing to provide innovative solutions that not only enhance the customer experience but minimize costs in a time of uncertainty.
Many things may have changed due to the pandemic, but one thing has stayed the same: our dedication to helping our customers.
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