Question: What is the Linen replacement standard for a 1000 room hotel? How about the linen replacement standard for a spa? I heard that a bath towel only lasts an average of 28 washes. Is this correct? How about hand towels, bathmats, wash clothes, and sheets?
- Terri Pham, Hotel Operations Assistant Manager, Harrah’s Reno Casino & Hotel
Question: Currently our dirty linen is transported in bags, separate from trash, to the Housekeeping Dirty Sort Room. This linen is then loaded into linen transport cart for our linen reprocessing vendor to pickup. We would like to have housekeeping pickup the dirty linen and trash at the same time either in the same bin (this would be preferred), or in a bin that has separate compartments that we would have to purchase. How do other facilities handle this? Other thoughts on how hospitals have reduced the time it takes to pick-up of dirty items while adhering to JACHO and OSHA standards?
- William Cook. Director of Material Management
Question: What is a good industry standard for soiled weight vs. clean weight in terms of percentage of poundage higher as soiled. I've been told as low as 6% and as high as 10 - 11% I work in a health care setting so what would be the situations that might make this be off 3 - 4 % from one hospital to the next? Thanks,
- David L Lindsay, Regional Director of Environmental Services/Linen Services Franciscan Health System, Tacoma, WA
Question: I manage a home care agency and we need to teach our employees how to do laundry for our clients. They put sheets, towels, sweaters, etc. in the same load.
We need to have a program in place to introduce to our employees, and to test their competency before they do someone else’s laundry. Most of our clients are older adults with a fixed income.
I also need to know the most economical detergent they can use that will still do the job of getting their clothes and linens clean.
- Kathy Grein
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Got Bedbugs? Help Is Here
ST. PAUL, Minn. — Ecolab Inc. and the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute (AHLEI) launched the www.bedbugtoolkit.com, a free online resource to help hotel owners and operators stop bed bugs before they spread. The kit features downloadable materials on how to train staff to detect bed bugs early and actions to take when they suspect a guest room is infested. The digital toolkit includes a fact sheet about how bed bugs spread, their life-cycle and where they like to hide; a poster on bed bug detection; an instructional video showing where to inspect for bed bugs and what signs to look for; and a convenient pocket card for housekeeping staff with directions on how to inspect a room and what to do if bed bugs are found.