Running an accommodation business can be daunting. There are so many things to worry about everyday, your booking, keep the place clean, or even new staff occasionally. You probably don’t have time for everything.
However, hotel bedding is definately an area that you should learn about to impress your guests and increase your booking. Comparing to home bedding set, hotel linen experiences a lot more wash. Therefore, durability is an important consideration when purchase hotel linen products. Buying the right linen products can save tons of hard-earned dollars over the long run. There are a few concepts you have to know before purchasing any hotel linen from hotel supplies.
There are many types of fibre in bed linen, and cotton and polyester fibre are the two main fibres used in hotel bed linen. Made from these two fibres (solely or blended), there are three kinds of bed linen, 100% cotton, 100% polyester and Poly/cotton blended products. Here, we will compare the advantages and disadvantages of each fibre and final products, in order to help you decide which is more suitable for your accommodation.
Cotton has a softer, suppler feel than polyester and is less likely to irritate the skin. Cotton also has hygroscopic nature – The general crispness of dry cotton textile materials may be attributed to the rapidity with which the fiber can absorb moisture from the skin of the fingers. This rapid absorption imparts a sensation of dryness which, in association with the fiber’s inelasticity or stiffness, creates the sensation of crispness. The hygroscopic nature also prevents cotton textile materials from developing static electricity. Cotton is also breathable which further contributes to its comfort. If you’re looking for that cool, soft feel, nothing beats 100 percent cotton. However, bed linen made from cotton fibre is usually more expensive, lasts shorter, has higher shrinking rate and easier to wrinkle and need to be ironed after wash.
Polyester is generally more durable (polyester lasts longer than cotton) and less prone to shrinking and wrinkling. It is more economical friendly, as polyester products dry much quicker and crease less after washing. However, derived from oil, polyester is water-repellent, and therefore not absorbent. The moisture regain is only 0.4% at standard temperature and humidity conditions. Therefore polyester fabrics do not absorb sweat and can give one a moist, warm, clammy feel.
Cotton and polyester can be blended together to produce fabrics that exhibit properties that couldn’t be achieved using the fibers alone. Poly/cotton blended products combine the softness of cotton with the durability of polyester. They tend to keep their shape and color, are not prone to wrinkling, and shrink very little. The cotton component also makes them more comfortable than products made solely of polyester. Blended products generally cost less and last longer than 100% cotton.
Generally, cotton hotel sheets feel better than Cotton/Poly spun fabric, but Cotton/Poly lasts longer than 100% Cotton. Generally speaking, commercial graded 100% cotton sheet can endure around 100 washes and Cotton/Poly can endure 120-130 washes. Therefore, if you are aiming to provide high-end (like 4-5 star) experience for your guests, 100% cotton is a good choice. Otherwise poly/cotton blend is very competitive. 100% polyester bed linen is a big NO for hotel industry. For poly/cotton blend bed linen, the high the cotton ratio, the better quality. 50/50 Cotton Polyester is standard and 70/30 (70% cotton) is premium.
2. Thread count:
refers to the number of horizontal and vertical threads per square inch (America) or per 10 square centimeters (here in Australia). Hotel bedding set made from higher thread count feels softer and smoother. So 100 warp by 100 weft makes a thread count of 200. These days, some unethical suppliers even use their own unit to falsify thread count. So when you look at thread count, please ask the unit that they used.
grams per square meter and is the metric measurement of the weight of a fabric. Hotel graded bedding set generally has GSM above 140g per square meter.
Once you are clear with these concepts, you’ll be able to compare the price from different hotel supplies.