With a degree in Textile Science, Michelle Pegg knows a thing or two about linens; she's putting her education to good use at UK hotel linen and towel supplier, Hilden. Follow Michelle on Twitter.
There’s nothing more frustrating than going to strip a room and encountering sheets and towels covered in stains. From makeup to bleaching acne creams, you’ve probably seen it all and discovered that, sadly, following the manufacturer’s washing instructions just won’t get some stains out.
Stains like these require a little more elbow grease, but that doesn’t mean you should get out the bleach and risk damaging your linens in the process. Here’s a simple two stage process that can be applied to both your bath and bed linen to remove the troublesome greasy stains that stem from sweat, creams and makeup.
When you’re a busy B&B owner or innkeeper, it can be tempting to hurriedly crank up the washing machine and move onto other pressing business. However, the preparation stage of a wash is actually the most important!
Don’t be tempted to hit your linens with a hot wash right away! It can actually cause some stains (especially protein based stains) to set. Instead, set a cold water cycle (and rinse) and add plenty of detergent for your first wash. Also, make sure that your load isn’t too bulky, as this allows the fabric to move freely so that soil particles can be broken up, and the maximum amount of staining can be removed.
Just remember not to overload the machine and keep this cycle going for at least five minutes for it to be effective.