It doesn’t need to be cold and flu season to know the importance
of keeping your property clean and free of harmful viruses. But that’s easier
said than done, especially when you’re dealing with high occupancy and high
The first step is to train your staff on how best to clean rooms
and common areas to ensure they’re germ free. This includes everything from
making sure they clean often-missed items, like remote controls and shower
curtains, to reminding them about the importance of washing their hands
properly and using a mask if they have any cold symptoms.
Yet your staff can only do so much if they aren’t armed with
products that work effectively. Traditional sanitization and disinfection
products may clean and/or disinfect, but they don’t necessarily keep working
after initial contact. This leaves surfaces vulnerable to re-contamination in a
matter of seconds after the application is applied.
Powerful products that protect
Hotels that want to fight germs – and win – should choose products
from P&G Professional. P&G Professional has partnered with Microban®–
the global leader in antimicrobial, odor control, and surface modification
technologies – to deliver new sanitization/disinfection products that address
the re-contamination of surfaces.
The Microban® ready-to-use lineup
consists of three items to clean, disinfect/sanitize, and deodorize:
Microban® technology works long beyond the initial contact – it
protects the surface from organism growth for up to 24 hours. In fact, it is
the ONLY professional-use product that can make this claim. After the product
is initially sprayed, has needed contact time, and is wiped away, a residual
semi-permanent polymer is left behind to protect the surface from 99.9% of
All three products have a light citrus scent and sanitize in as
little as 10 seconds. With Microban® Professional products, you and your staff
will feel confident you’re making your property safe for guests.
With so much going on at a hotel at one time, being
efficient is the name of the game. Staff members often need to be doing
multiple things at once, and the better equipped they are to multitask, the
smoother operations will be.
Here are some ways to help your staff be more efficient:
Consider investing in technology
While hospitality is an industry where in-person
communication is essential, there are still ways to use technology effectively
to help with productivity. Consider investing in technology such as property
management systems to free up manpower that could be better spent doing other,
more personal tasks for guests.
While this may seem counterintuitive, giving your staff
breaks – and encouraging them to take those breaks – can actually help with
efficiency. If staff members are overworked and burnt out, they won’t be as
efficient and productive as they would be if they took a few minutes to relax
and regroup every once and awhile.
Give them the best tools
When it comes to efficiency, the supplies being used are
just as important as the staff members themselves. Buying multipurpose trucks
and carts can help boost productivity.
Royal Basket® has a variety of products that ensure smooth function and efficiency, including Royal Basket® Permanent Liner Vinyl Trucks with either a wood or metal base. These vinyl permanent liner trucks can be used to transport everything from linens to recycles to refuse. The durable vinyl liners are antimicrobial, flame retardant, and resistant to mold, and are permanently attached to the frames to ensure the security and organization of cart contents. Plus, additional parts, accessories, and upgrades available, making it easy to customize the trucks for maximum efficiency.
Learn more about wood-based and metal-based Permanent Liner Vinyl Trucks from Royal Basket®
You always want your property looking its best
– from ceiling to floor. A dirty floor can make even the most stylish,
beautiful properties appear unkempt. What’s more, you want to avoid having
anything sticky or slippery on the ground that could cause guest injury.
That’s why you should turn to the
highest-quality cleaning products from brands you can trust, like Rubbermaid. Here
are three products from their line of cleaning supplies that are sure to make
your floors – and hotel – shine.
The new Rubbermaid Commercial Products Spill Mop Kit cleans spills faster than a cotton string mop for a safer, drier floor. The super-absorbent material retains liquid so it won’t leak or drip. Once fully absorbed, the easy-release handle allows for hands-free disposal, something your staff will appreciate. Plus, the pads are designed for one-time use, making spill cleanup quick and easy.
For quick and convenient
cleaning, turn to Rubbermaid Commercial Products Spill Mop Pad, used with the
Spill Mop Handle. Each pad is made with highly absorbent material designed for
quickly removing liquid, water-based spills. The absorbed liquid turns into
gel, trapping it inside to prevent leaks and drips. Up to two packs can fit
conveniently in the Spill Mop Storage Cabinet, while the dispensing carton
is compact enough to easily slide into most spaces.
The Rubbermaid Commercial
Products Maximizer Mop Pad is similar to the Spill Mop Pad but is ideal for
quickly removing biohazard liquid. Each pad holds up to 32 ounces of water and
13.5 ounces of NaCl 0.9%.
By relying on cleaning supplies
from Rubbermaid Commercial Products, you’ll be fully prepared next time there’s
a spill of any kind.
Housekeeping staff have a challenging task – they need to
clean guest rooms quickly and efficiently, while also ensuring rooms are left in
pristine shape. With guests’ expectations high, any slip up could lead to a bad
review, which can negatively impact your hotel brand.
So, how do housekeepers keep up with demand while keeping
rooms clean and tidy? Here are some tips for going above and beyond when
cleaning guest rooms.
1. Start with a clean slate
When working against the clock, it can be tempting for housekeepers
to clean around guests’ items, instead of under them. But doing so can look
sloppy and unprofessional. Instead, advise cleaning staff to remove all of the
clutter from an area before cleaning it, so that way they are sure to cleanse
the space thoroughly and not miss a spot.
2. Choose a versatile cart
The right housekeeping cart can make a huge difference in
the preparedness and efficiency of your staff. That’s why it’s important to
invest in quality carts such as the new Xduty
Xpress Cart from Hospitality 1 Source. The Xpress Cart is compact in design,
yet includes a bag with multiple storage options to meet the needs of any guest
Additional features include:
- A durable, hammertone powder-coated finish
- A sturdy, multi-purpose bag with numerous
pockets and storage areas
- Easy assembly with no tools required
- Four swivel wheels that easily attach to the
bottom of the cart
3. Add a special touch
While it may seem trivial, adding a small touch to the room
after cleaning – a note from the housekeeper, a uniquely folded towel, a small
chocolate on the pillow – can make a big impression. It shows that your staff –
and ultimately your property – go the extra mile to make your guests feel special.
Learn more about the Xduty
Xpress Cart, and get ready for a better cleaning experience.
Sustainability has become a
priority for hotels in recent years – not only because of its importance, but
also because travelers are demanding it. According to the Booking.com 2019
Sustainable Travel Report, almost two thirds of U.S. travelers intend to stay
at least once in an eco-friendly or green accommodation when looking at the
Yet becoming more
eco-friendly can be a long, complicated and costly process, especially for
larger hotel chains. However, there are some easy changes properties can make
to go green.
1. Replace plastic straws with paper ones
Many organizations are taking steps to remove plastic straws from their properties and replace them with paper ones. In fact, some cities and states across the country have started implementing their own plastic straw bans, which can impact the hotels that do business there. To make a change like this one more attainable, start slowly and set a long-term goal for their removal.
2. Encourage recycling
Recycling is a practice that has been around for a long time, yet not all properties have fully embraced it. Start by simply adding recycling receptacles to common areas, making it easy for guests to recycle. Also, encourage employees to be more eco-friendly by giving them a quick training on what can and can’t be recycled.
3. Use compostable can liners
Even if you succeed in setting up a recycling program at your property, it won’t mean as much if your can liners aren’t compostable. Consider investing in the Pitt Plastics BioStar compostable can liner, which is made with a Star Sealed compostable plastic that can help keep your facility eco-friendly and support your mission to protect the environment. The liners are made with 1.0 millimeter fiber content that prevents leaks and ensures durability, and are perforated with 150 bags per case to keep supplies well stocked. They come in a variety of sizes to fit your needs, including:
While it may not be easy to
completely overhaul your current practices and replace them with greener ones,
by making these small changes, you’ll help the environment and also attract
Give your housekeeping staff the power of productivity with the new QUICKBOOST™ Cordless Upright Vacuum from Sanitaire. The QUICKBOOST’s cordless technology combines portable cleaning with powerful suction and innovative features to increase productivity while conquering even tricky and demanding last-minute jobs.
The benefits of going cordless
Cordless vacuums are easy to use which can optimize productivity and help you save on labor costs. Also, by eliminating the typical time-consuming cord and outlet restraints, your facility can actually be made safer with less potential tripping hazards.
Perfect for your property needs
The QUICKBOOST Cordless Upright Vacuum is ideal for those tough jobs, such as elevators and stairs; in and around areas requiring fast, consistent touchups, like bellman or valet stands; as well as efficient, around-the-clock cleaning to meet the rigorous standards of hotels, bars and restaurants.
And this vacuum is loaded with these great features to unleash an exceptional clean:
- Cord-free technology – offers speed and efficiency
- Up to 47 minutes of power* – starts powerful and stays powerful for more effective cleaning
- Recharge time of 2.5 hours – minimal downtime for maximum productivity
- Lightweight design – at just 12.5 pounds, your staff can grab and go with comfort and ease
- LED-powered night vision – helps to easily spot dirt and debris in dark areas
- Multi-surface cleaning capability – reach every square foot in hard surface or carpeted areas
- LEED-qualified cleaning 24/7 – less than 70 dBA keeps disturbances at a minimum all the time
*Results based on hard surface testing
Shop today and give your housekeeping staff a powerful boost in productivity.
Spring is here – have you checked the condition of your guest room ironing board covers and pads? If not, it’s time to add this to your spring and seasonal cleaning checklists.
Since guests use ironing boards for more than just ironing – as an extra table, working or eating space – it’s not surprising to find dirt, spills and food residue on them, in addition to the general wear and tear that comes from being used in a busy hospitality environment. Let’s face it – guests want to look their best, and they don’t want to put their clean clothes on a dirty cover.
We recommend changing ironing board covers every three months or seasonally to provide the most positive guest room experience.
Registry® replacement covers offer value and quality
Look to Registry, our personal brand, for replacement covers and pads to suit your property needs. Available in a wide variety of styles and colors, each features:
- One-piece construction that’s scorch- and stain-resistant
- Durable fiber padding
- A smooth, snug fit with choice of drawcord or elastic binding
Shop all Registry replacement covers now and save thru April 1.
With increasing competition, rising labor costs and pressure on capital expenditures, hotels are expected to provide a better guest experience with the same or fewer resources. And, as expectations rise, guests are looking toward the experience of others to help inform their choice of where to stay – in fact, 77.9% of consumers think online reviews are extremely or very important for deciding where to stay.1
On a more granular level, a recent survey of hotel decision makers revealed cleanliness was rated higher than any other factor likely to influence guest experience. 2 One way to meet your guests’ expectations of cleanliness, despite all of the labor and cost pressures, is by increasing the productivity of your core cleaning tasks – starting with vacuuming.
Cut the cord and clean 5x faster
Your team can clean up to five times faster with the Hoover Commercial HUSHTONE™ Cordless Upright.3 Unlike traditional corded uprights, the HUSHTONE™ Cordless Upright powered by M-PWR™ 40V technology helps increase productivity while minimizing risk of exposed cords, which is especially important considering falls, slips, and trips accounted for 32% of non-fatal workplace injuries involving days away from work in hotels.4
When you consider that 57% of hotel executives surveyed noticed a decrease in bookings after a negative online guest review,2 it’s vital that every property put its best face forward. With its cordless collection, Hoover offers you a solution designed to discreetly enhance the way you clean – and, in turn, improve the way your property presents to others.
- net https://www.hospitalitynet.org/opinion/4078144.html
- The Power of the Online Review: Mining feedback for impactful guest experience investments. Rentokil-Steritech │Ambius
- *In a Class A office building compared to a corded upright vacuum based on ISSA’s 612 Cleaning Times & Tasks (2014), according to a time and motion study conducted by the American Institute for Cleaning Sciences, available at HooverCommercial.com.
- National Safety Council; BLS, 2016
Meet the first commercial vacuum certified asthma & allergy friendly® by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA)
According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), asthma affects more than 24 million people in the U.S., including more than 6 million children. In fact, allergies are the sixth leading cause of chronic illness in the U.S., and more than 50 million Americans suffer from allergies each year. Common allergens include dust mites, pollen, pets/pet dander, mold and smoke.
A higher standard
Keeping these numbers in mind, smart hotel owners must do everything they can to minimize exposure to allergens and keep sensitive guests safe. Sanitaire’s certified asthma & allergy friendly EON ALLERGEN Upright Vacuum can help. Such a certification standard is targeted to vacuum cleaners that are scientifically proven to reduce exposure to asthma and allergy triggers. The certification standard utilizes an algorithm of proprietary and recognized scientific techniques to assess vacuum cleaners for their ability to reduce allergenic and irritant materials. To receive the certification, products must pass rigorous lab tests proving they help reduce exposure to allergens and irritants.
Peace of mind for you and your guests
By attaining this certification, Sanitaire offers a smart choice for your property, with the same low cost of ownership as the EON QuietClean®. Not only is the EON ALLERGEN AAFA certified with a sealed HEPA system, it also delivers an exceptional clean like the EON QuietClean. Both have earned the CRI Gold Seal of Approval, the highest level of certification, and they are LEED qualified at just 68 dBA for 24/7 do not disturb performance.
Create a healthier environment with the Sanitaire EON™ ALLERGEN Upright Vacuum.
You know hotel housekeeping can be quite a challenge. You also know care and consistency around housekeeping is what builds a property’s reputation in the eyes of guests. When housekeeping gets overlooked, hotels typically feel a bottom-line impact. Like any other operational task that’s vital to the everyday success of a business, effective housekeeping demands proper planning and the right equipment.
From maintaining the pristine appearance of guest rooms to making sure pool and exercise areas have an endless supply of towels, every housekeeping team should be guided by a clear strategy. One industry expert emphasizes the importance of ongoing training. “Housekeeping is really all about the basics and really knowing those basics well,” said Rick Takach, CEO and chairman of hotel management company Vesta Hospitality. “As long as your team is very well-trained, that’s your best way to make sure things are running smoothly and you’re getting your rooms done as quick as possible.”
Just as important are the tools of the trade. For more than three decades, Royal Basket Trucks has produced carts, trucks, and containers that support the critical work of housekeeping. Today, Royal Basket offers a full line of products for collecting, sorting, and transporting in a variety of environments.
To experience the difference of Royal Basket, choose from a variety of colors, sizes, and divided sections for optimal organization and increased efficiency. Royal Basket also offers non-marking casters to spare specialty floors from damage. Every cart is built to order, made in Wisconsin, and ships on a short timeline.
Turn to the innovative options of Royal Basket, and give your housekeeping staff the support that goes with every successful strategy.