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How often do you replace the linen on annual basis?

Just out of interest - how many sheets, covers and towels do you have to replace on an annual basis.

We do have 7 rooms = 17 beds - supplied with 100 % cotton linen - color white.

During and after every season I have to replace about 40 % of my linen mostly due to stains that are not coming out. 

Does this sound a normal amount. What are your experiences?

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k2u

NY (upstate)... Not NYC. I know some people hear NY and think NYC (Don't get me wrong, I love NYC). I love it when I see guests from all over the world.

Where are you ?

8 months ago
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Kenata

Some guests are just lovely aren't they? Have just had people who thought it was fine to take one of our best blankets to use as a picnic rug-now have to try and get grass and food stains out without ruining it. Suspect it will be another replacement needed. You have to wonder......

8 months ago
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Graham Fisher

Ah k2u - NY and NYC - I have more amusement when locals stay with us and I explain they are visiting the City their home state or city was named after... very few ever seem to know before they stay with us and then it is like a mind blowing concept to them that NY was named after little old York in England....

8 months ago
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M Adamopoulou

Kenata very akward situation. Your guests must of been very creative to use your best blanket for a pic-nic rug. It is unbelievable what guests can think of.

Hope that never happens again...

8 months ago
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Felipe

Obviously they did not ask before if they could use the blanket for their pic-nic rug as they may allready knew what would have been the answer ... The same thing happen in the other way around when the guest bring is own electrical radiator in order to plug on the room sockets ...

8 months ago
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Lisa4training

Don't use white sheets! Try darker colours and patterns! blues and yellows and creams and beiges will surely hide the suntan stains. There's no rule that you have to use white!

8 months ago
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Felipe

and I also can believe that you did not mention this case in your general conditions as it is quite hard to imagine that a guest will take your blankets for his picnic outside even if the blankets were given back at checkout. If I say so it si because the guest that plug his external radiator told us that we did not specify it ... but it may make sense when you provide already a heating system (include in the price but with coal and wood) and also an external unit in case of 3000W with wheel and working with gas bottles.

8 months ago
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M Adamopoulou

HI Lisa4training and welcome to the forum.

I like using coloured sheets so I agree with you.

8 months ago
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Kenata

M Adamopoulou yes it is interesting how "creative " some guests can be. Sorry straying from the theme a bit but we have a huge spreadsheet of weird things that have happened that you could not make up.One example some other people thought it was OK to try and take our coffee table to the park to use as a stand for their portable bbq... Luckily we spotted them loading it into their car and asked what they were doing.....Our list of rules would look ridiculous if I put everything that has happened on it! Linen stains are the easy part although sometimes what my husband calls "unwanted dna samples" can be somewhat stomach churning... We have tried coloured sheets but find they are more difficult to clean and tend to become patchy where stains have been so have switched to all white which works well. Happily it is only a small percentage of guests who cause any real problems .....

8 months ago
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Felipe

well ... link with the country the percentage of bad guest will be lower or higher ... in our case the towels are grey (we consider that was a good idea in case of stains) and they look nice in the rooms as well. It is also quite a trend color for that.

8 months ago
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Graham Fisher

Lisa4training and others - the problem with coloured bedding is the same as with coloured towels - one lady with dyed hair which has not been fully dried after she has had her shower before heading to bed and the pillow cases/duvet cover etc will get bleach marks.

We used to have coloured towels to fit with the colours in the rooms - on one occasion I had two full hand-prints on the coloured towel where the customer had used it to dry her bleached dyed hair. So now white only towels and we just take that risk with the bedding...

8 months ago
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M Adamopoulou

Careless careless guests what can you do?
When my guests arrive I welcome them with a big smile letting them very politely understand that this is my home and they have to respect it. I cross my fingers and hope....

8 months ago
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Felipe

sry but I strongly do not see the advantage of white towel ... even more with bleached dyed hair or things like that ... as an example many hairdresser use gray and black towels for this purpose ...

For a room black towels would have been to dark ... this is why we decided gray.

see pictures:
https://www.jaenapartment.com/es-es/gallery

On my side I use candelas and pray to avoid a fire that burns the property ... or maybe it maybe my luck if they gave me the money of the police insurance ...

And talking about risks with the bedsheet what do you do when a guest write with a pen on them (also happen to us once) and even by asking a security deposit only notice when he was gone and gave him the desposit back... As you may understand we check rafly the room and then start the cleaning and when we started to remove the bedsheet to put them in the washing machine notice that the guest did a line with his blue pen...

8 months ago
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M Adamopoulou

Ink easily disappears if you soak first in milk and then wash. Try it.

8 months ago
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Felipe

yes, ink is easy to remove (if normal pen and not the unremovable one) in the same way that blood is also easy to be remove ;-)

I do not love Spain but also have unforgettable moments (1.like when you get attack by unknow ppl in the street over the night, 2. police stole your bike, 3. inland revenue give you a fine bcs you did not send your tax sheet via the webpage as their server was down so you gave the sheet in hand in their office and in time ... but by law is not allowed ..., 4. ppl destroying your flat and even if you see it you cannot do anything and have to wait 6 month or more for the judge to write the sentence and finaly been able to get back the flat fully destroy when it was given in perfect conditions, 5. have to fight daily with his administration, laws, non sense norms ...6. beeing guilty of defending my life against 3 asaltant because in my defense one got a cut with his own earring by pushing them back 7. 8. 9 ... I could write a book but no one will read it)

I am happy to see that we both have unforgettable moments in Spain.

8 months ago
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Felipe

And I forgot to tell a detail. We are a Service apartment (guest house) so our target customer are workers ... (but due to unemployment rate and so on we cannot reach our goals and get more tourist than workers). This do not means that we do not get workers by the way but in a service apartment rooms are done on a 3 - 4 night basis (cleaning the flat, change towels and bedsheets).

And as some workers are more on a maintenance or things like that (dirty jobs) and no white shirts ... some of them when they clean their hands clean half in the sink and other half in the towel ... so after day 1 or 2 the towel may look awful if it was white ...

I do not want to sound like we do not clean of course but hope you can catch the sense of this comment.

8 months ago
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michael beeston

When we get a booking for a week (7 days) or more we change the sheets/pillows/towels every five days, it is good for the guest and gives us an opportunity to see that everything is fine in the apartment.If a guest stays for 3 nights and wants a change of linen we say NO !!... We had a husband and his wife from the Middle East a few months ago for 7 days and he wanted the linen changed daily, we agreed and charged him an extra $80 per day, he said thank you and liked new sheets/towels daily..it was unusual but worked out well in the end.

7 months ago
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M Adamopoulou

michael-beeston wow! $80 extra per day is too much but you lucky that it worked well.

"It is good for the guest and gives us an opportunity to see that everything is fine in the apartment" thats a very good idea and I will try to follow your suggestion but I hate doing beds....

Take care...

7 months ago
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michael beeston

Hi "M".it was only a one off but yes, its a good idea to see the apartment and it worked well....Normally if anyone asks for a mid clean..say four nights and STLL want a linen change we we will charge $60.00 ( it happens sometimes but not that much, we normally have guests for 3/5 days or Minimum 2 days..over the Xmas period min 7 days.

7 months ago
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Felipe

on our side we change it every 3 or 4 nights (twice a week). Obviously we prefer stays of 3 or 4 night but as we are on the Camino de Santiago (peregrins) decided to accept also 1 night stay even if they require the same work (task) than 2, 3 or 4 nights... Obviously in between each host the beds are change. As the appartment is in town we also host people for 1 or 2 week or even got 7 weeks for workers that come to do a specialized job in the area. we also would like to charge a daily extra of 80 USD for the bed change ;-P. Unluncky us the guests here (Spain) will show us their teeth if we ask that amount ;-(

7 months ago