The question ‘Why is Hospitality Bedding Polyester’, comes up a lot in conversations with designers, and hotel owners specifically. It makes sense, if you can get sheets and bedding in cottons, linen’s and other materials for your house, why can’t you get them for your hotel. Well that may be going a step too far. Of course you can get any material you want for your hotel but the questions was why is normative that hospitality bedding is polyester.
Stains & messes happen. They are rather inevitable when you consider that each guest room is ideally used each and every single night and most often by alternating people, who are relaxing or just moving thru on business or some other type of travel. Guestrooms are a space in constant flux and with that comes spills, drops, greasy fingers and the like. All of these moments pose a threat to that white bedding and those drapes (I mean seriously do people even use the baton?)
Although a potential problem for your house cleaning staff, this is a factor you simply have to accept, expect and plan for in the hospitality industry.
Most hotel drapery isn’t handled often enough to merit cleaning on a regular basis such as bedding, which is obviously laundered nearly every day. It is quite possible to keep your drapery looking clean and fresh with simple light vacuuming and brushing. That being said there are certain situations that may cause the need for cleaning drapery and so its important to know what exactly you should do and what you should not do.
Have you ever been a guest in a hotel and cranked your AC down to the max? Well of course you have because isn’t that what everyone does in hotel rooms. Anyway, in doing so have you ever then experienced the subtle noises throughout the night of drapery blowing out into the room, tapping the glass and continuing like a broken record throughout the night? The sound is always just loud enough to be very disturbing to sleep but not quite obnoxious enough to merit getting up and turning down the AC. Regardless that movement of the drapery into the room is what the industry calls ‘billowing’ and it is a factor we try our best to solve.
There is an element of Hospitality and Healthcare Drapery that is rather essential but often times overlooked. That item is the drapery baton. It is used in every single manual traversing treatment and there are more options than you may think. Often times batons are not specifically specified by designers and drapery manufacturing project managers often times have to go back to the purchasing agent and on the designer to formalize exactly what is expected.