The Fine Bedding Company Hotel Division shares its advice on meeting the high level of expectation from guests and how you can balance hygiene and cleanliness with the cost and performance of bedding.
- To mattress top or not? We would always recommend the use of a mattress topper. By investing in a good mattress topper, it prevents the need for more expensive mattresses and gives the guests an added luxury and comfort which they may not have had with an older or less expensive mattress.
- Protecting the mattress. By using a mattress protector, hoteliers can increase the lifetime of the mattress in a very cost efficient way. Ideally, every new mattress should be used with a protector from the onset. They prevent stains from penetrating down into the mattress and minimise the threat of dust mite allergies forming, by creating a layer between the mattress and the bedding. They also keep the mattress feeling ‘like new’ by absorbing perspiration, without which would necessitate mattress replacement much more frequently. By ensuring that the choice of protector is not only washable, but washable at 60oC, will further allow hoteliers to continue to maintain a high level of hygiene.
- Isn’t it just about TOG rating for duvets? Duvets are an obvious necessity but did you know that there are three factors to consider when choosing one? The most common misconception is that duvets are all about the TOG, but there is also the weight and filling to consider! The TOG of the duvet of choice will depend on the ambient room temperatures within the hotel or guest house but it’s also worth noting the time of year too but also the more expensive your duvet, the less weight is typically required for warmth. Equally, your bedding will tend to perform better for a longer period of time.
- Synthetic Vs natural? While TOG rating and weight are both important considerations, there needs to be a little more thought around which type of filling will suit your budget and requirements. Essentially, there’s a choice of natural fibres (such as duck or goose feather and down, wool, silk or cotton) or synthetic fibre-filled duvets. While natural fibre-filled duvets are seen to be the more luxurious option, with such advances in technology and how fillings can be produced, in many people’s opinion synthetic products have now surpassed natural filled products as they both feel softer and are remarkably resilient over a long period of time.