When should you replace your linens? Do it too soon and you’re wasting a whole stock of perfectly good linens, cutting their lifespan – and your returns – short; do it too late and you’re putting your business at risk of getting bad reviews.
How do you find that balance that makes sure you are getting the most life out of your linen investments?
Here are the things you should look out for when deciding when to replace your linens:
– Permanent Stains or Discoloration. Any obvious stains that don’t come off the wash or any portion of your linens beginning to turn a yellowish or brownish hue are clear signs that they have to go.
– Odors. Your linens should not have distinguishable odors. If the odor does not come off after washing and specialized treatment, it’s time to retire your linens.
– Signs of Being Worn Out. Thinning fibers and loose or patchy threads are telltale signs of overuse. There is no remedy for wear and tear, so your items should immediately be replaced.
– Rips or Tears. Like stains, rips and tears – no matter how small – are a non-negotiable. Some damages can be minor and may even be repaired rather inconspicuously. More often than not, however, these tears are beyond mending and must be replaced immediately.
– Noticeable Lumps. This happens all too often with linens that have stuffing (i.e. pillows, duvet covers, down comforters).
Aside from the obvious signs of wear and tear, there are rules of thumb to follow when it comes to the average lifespan of your linens:
– Bed sheets and blankets. Six to twelve months depending on the volume of bookings.
– Pillows. Polyester pillows need to be replaced between six to eighteen months but latex can go longer.
– Towels. Towels are some of the most overused of linens and understandably have a shorter life, needing to be replaced between three to six months.
Linen repairs and replacements are costly – and more often than not, unnecessary and preventable. Here’s how to get the most out of your linen investments:
– Invest in quality. Higher-quality linens normally come at higher costs but that doesn’t mean they can’t be affordable. There are always linen rental services that allow you to acquire better-quality linens without the large upfront costs of outright bulk purchases.
– Invest in linen laundry and care. How much or how little you could get out of your linens depends, in large part, on maintenance. Invest in professional linen services that specialize in the needs of your industry to get maintenance service especially formulated for the needs of linens and towels.
– Invest in proper storage. Storage affects not just the appearance of your linens but plays an important role in the longevity of your linens. Invest in better storage implements to maintain the quality of your linens for a much longer period.
For more information on the lifespan, care and maintenance of linens, contact Ideal Linen and Uniform today! We are experts in professional linen services for the hospitality industry and would more than gladly help you with your needs. Call us at 800-658-4047!