- Written by Rich Fitzmorris
Question: What Is the Average Number of Pounds Used Per Hotel Room? Thanks,
- Cherie Frey of Frey Laundry Services
Answer: The average number of pounds of linen used per hotel room each day will vary according to the type of property, the type of textile products in circulation, and the room policies and practices of the property.
Although it is impossible to pinpoint one figure for the entire industry, most managers with whom we spoke placed the average at 11 to 15 pounds per room per day.
The general manager of one large central laundry, which provides textile services to all types of hotel properties, said his average ranged from eight pounds per day for airport hotel properties to 14 or 15 pounds per day for suite or resort properties. He determined his average daily usage per room at 11.3 pounds by averaging out the high-end and low-end users.
The low-end users include airport properties. These users may add a smaller amount of food and beverage linen to their totals. The high-end users normally provide a more luxurious quality of textile items, including monogrammed terry bath robes, a higher quality and weight of towel, and perhaps even triple-sheeting of beds. The room practices of these properties allow for higher linen consumption: That is part of their appeal.
"The policies and practices of these hotels will have a direct bearing on their linen consumption and average daily poundage," one of our sources explained.
We also suggest that you speak with laundry managers at facilities comparable to your own, both within your region and outside of it, to compare your patterns of consumption and linen practices with theirs. It is important to remember that while each facility has its own unique policies, quirks and characteristics, everyone generates a batting average by playing according to the same basic rules
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