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How Do Hotels Keep Sheets Wrinkle Free?

A person working on a laundry pressing machine.

Hotels use a pressing machine or water spray to keep wrinkles from their sheets looking wrinkle-free and appealing.

I’m a Marriott Bonvoy type of girl. After all, they have the most comfortable beds in the world, unless you’ve stayed at Sandals European Village and Spa in Jamaica, (which is a story for another time.)  I’ve always wondered why the sheets are wrinkle-free in these hotels. I was surprised to know that the same thing I do to keep my laundry free of wrinkles is what the hotels do too. Say what?? Courtyard by Marriott Textured Coverlet - Lightweight Coverlet with Wash-Activated Ripple Texture Exclusively for Courtyard - White - Queen

How Do Hotels Keep Sheets Wrinkle Free?

Larger hotels use pressing machines while most smaller facilities utilize the good old water in a spray bottle technique to keep away or get rid of wrinkles.

Large Pressing Machines

A monitor and large pressing machines.

Flatwork ironers, which are large machines for pressing sheets, are the key to wrinkle-free bedding at hotels. Wrinkles may be removed from large sheets of fabric with these industrial-sized irons by rolling them across a hot plate.

If you’re looking to obtain a professional-looking finish on your clothes, you’ll need something like this. However, if you find yourself spending a lot of time at the ironing board, these might be a beneficial tool for your laundry routine.

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Water Spray Bottles

A person ironing a cloth, holding a water spray.

You don’t have to strip the bed and iron the duvet cover or send it to the laundromat to de-wrinkle your bedsheets. Many hotels provide a spray bottle as well as some plain water as a convenient short-term solution.

While the sheet is still untucked, use a spray bottle filled with water set to mist to spritz water all over it. Use less water for minor wrinkles and more water for larger wrinkles (don’t soak it though; this will have no effect). To get rid of the creases in your duvet cover, pull it tight and shake it gently. Afterward, you can apply the “hospital corner fold” approach to getting a perfectly flat and smooth bed.

Where do Hotels do Their Laundry?

Some hotels have their in-house laundry. However, laundering such a large quantity of sheets daily takes up a lot of precious space, thus most hotels hire outside help.

Professional laundromats will collect soiled bedding and transport it to a facility equipped to handle such a high volume for cleaning off-site. It’s simpler to deal with creases in hotel bed linens because they’re washed so frequently.

How Often Do Hotels Change Their Sheets?

A lady setting up a hotel room.

Due to frequent use, hotels wash their bed sheets and pillows hundreds of times per year. It is common for bed linens to wrinkle and become a little crusty when someone sweats heavily in bed. Wrinkled, crusty bed linens are a thing of the past thanks to the frequent washings provided by hotels.

Washing your bedsheets once a week can achieve the same results as having them laundered daily in a hotel.

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Tips for Preventing Wrinkles in Your Sheets?

  • Bedding made from cotton/polyester blends is easy to iron out of wrinkles
  • You don’t want to overfill your washing machine
  • Let gravity do its job while drying bedding out on a line
  • Once the sheets are airing, use a garment steamer
  • Lightly press the duvet’s surface with iron while it’s still on the bed
  • Have your bedding cleaned by a professional

Why Aren’t Fitted Sheets Used in Hotels?

A fitted sheets and the edge of a bed.

In the morning, how many times have you had to adjust your fitted sheet? The goal of a hotel is to make its guests feel at home, and if you wake up on a bare mattress, they’ve failed.

Even though it goes against everything in your linen closet, pay attention to how the sheets are laid out when you next check into a hotel. You’ll notice that the fitted sheet has been left out. Rather than a fitted sheet, hotels employ two flat sheets: the bottom sheet is enlarged and firmly tucked around a mattress utilizing hospital edges; the top sheet is tucked in on both sides and at its foot, with the top folding over (and also tucked.) Make sure you lay the upper flat sheet inverted so that when you fold it in half, it’s facing up.

What Kinds Of Bed Linens Do Hotels Often Use?

A person folding a linen cloth.

There are two primary types of hotel sheets: cotton and linen. The natural, luxurious feel and superior quality of 100% cotton bedsheets are why many hotels prefer to use them. Is there anything more frustrating than having to deal with creases in your 100% cotton clothing or bedding?

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The 300-thread-count sheets you’ll find in luxury hotels are silky and crisp at the same time. If you want to stay cool, you should avoid microfiber bedding because it’s not as permeable as Egyptian cotton (which is the best).

Hotel guests aren’t in danger of allergic responses or irritated skin because cotton is hypoallergenic. Besides that, the fabric is machine-washable, since hotel personnel can’t dry-clean or hand-wash dozens of sheets every single day.

Egyptian Cotton

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Luxury and softness you get with Egyptian cotton sheets’ lightweight and excellent airflow. Egyptian cotton is hand-picked to avoid damaging the cotton strands, resulting in a long-staple fiber for beddings that is extremely durable.

Supima Cotton

In the United States, only Supima cotton is made, which has extra-long staples. In hotels, it’s renowned since it’s smooth, long-lasting, and retains color better than other fabrics. Supima’s extra-long staples make it both light and fine, yet it’s also exceptionally strong and long-lasting.

Sateen Cotton

A one-up, four-over pattern distinguishes cotton sateen from other types of cotton thread. The sateen weave is a wonderful option for silk and satin because it is silky smooth, has a lustrous sheen, and is hypoallergenic, making it ideal for hotels. You can wash Sateen sheets in the washing machine and do not wrinkle easily.

Cotton Percale

A roll of cotton percale fabric.

The over-and-under weave of cotton percale produces a flat, tight weaving with a matte finish. Unlike a dress shirt, the percale weaving is sharp and strong, but it softens with each wash. While cotton sateen sheets are thicker and heavier, percale sheets are lighter and more breathable.

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Linen

A hotel room with folded linen.

Linen is the only non-cotton sheet that is widely used in hotels. Linen is made from flax, which is a renewable resource because it uses very little energy and water to make.

The harvesting and production costs of linen, however, might be prohibitively high. For this reason, hotel linens are preferred because they require minimal care and are hypoallergenic and gentle to the touch. Aside from the fact that linen is breathable and moisture-wicking, the sheets won’t fade over time.

Is The Number Of Staples More Important Than The Number Of Threads In Sheets?

The staple size of cotton sheets is more important than the thread count in determining the quality and feel of the sheets. The staple size is the length of the threads’ strands. Compared to short-staple fibers, long- and extra-long-staple fibers are softer. Long-staple sheets are preferred by luxury hotels because of their durability and softness. Cotton Blend 4-Piece Bed Sheets Set Full Size, Chocolate Full Sheets, Long-Staple Cotton Bed Sheets for Bed, Soft & Silky Sateen Weave 15-Inch Elasticized Deep Pocket (Full,Chocolate)

The Thread Count Of Hotel Sheets

The quantity of threads for each square inch of material is referred to as the “thread count.” Because hotel sheets are mostly made of cotton, paying attention to the thread count is a good idea. Only to a point is a higher thread count preferable.

The ideal thread count for comfortable, resilient, and ventilated bed sheets is for. 300 to 500. The lower the thread count, the rougher it feels and the faster it wears out. Thread counts that are higher than this (up to 1000) are merely a marketing ploy and don’t offer any more softness or durability to the product.

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Because it’s hard to fit 1,000 high-quality threads onto a square inch, manufacturers use multiple layers of weak, thin threads to increase the overall thread count. The thread count is indeed larger, however, it is a waste of money because the threads are of poor quality. If the thread count is quite high, but the sheet price is below $50, you may be sure they include low-quality threads.