They start by washing with laundry detergent. They then wash it again, this time with fabric softener. Bleach is used in the last wash to bring out the white hue. Hot water accelerates the breakdown of the material, which can be costly in hotels where sheets are laundered every day.
Sheets are washed using hot water at a temperature of about 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit). This is higher than you would normally use when washing clothes but it is necessary to remove any blemishes or stains from the sheet before they set. Too low a temperature will cause the fabrics to shrink and become less comfortable while too high a temperature could damage the fibers.
After washing the sheets, they are dried by blowing warm air through the items or by heating them with a dryer. This prevents them from smelling after being washed and also helps them to retain their color.
Does your hotel use chemical-based laundry detergents? If so, try using only environmentally friendly products on your bedsheets to reduce the chemicals that end up in our landfills or incinerators.
To put it another way, hotels don't bleach their sheets to within an inch of their life and label them "excellent."
Here's how they do it: The chemicals in bleach break down fibers that make up your bedding, causing them to lose their color and become weaker. To prevent this from happening too quickly, most hotels use a combination of methods to slow down the bleaching process.
First, they use cold water when washing their sheets. This prevents heat damage to the material and helps it retain its color for longer. Second, they add some kind of bleach-resistant stain remover to the wash. These can be as simple as soap and water or you can find products specifically made for this purpose.
Most important, they don't bleach their sheets completely white. Instead, they want to get as close as possible without making the sheet texture weak. That's why they use a mixture of techniques to achieve the color they're looking for.
How to Clean Linen Bedding
Rather than using bleach, they rely on cutting-edge technology such as stain removers and soaps. In other circumstances, they place the wash in a large pot filled with the ideal mixture of laundry detergent, baking soda, and cold water. They then boil the linens for 30 minutes before wringing them out. This process removes most stains while leaving the colors bright.
You should wash your clothes exactly like this, except use one cup of baking soda instead of two. You can also add a few drops of essential oil to make the wash smell nice. Remember not to add any ingredients that will change the color of your clothes or bedsheets.
Now you know how hotels wash their linen, it's time to try it at home! You will need:
1 bunch of washed and dried linen (sheets, towels, etc.)
A machine that washes clothes automatically (washing machine)
Some hot water
Some washing powder or soap (according to what type of fabric you are washing)
A bowl full of cool water to soak the linen in (this is important when washing delicate fabrics such as cotton)
A clean towel to wrap the linen in after washing it
According to one hotel manager, all stains in the laundry are treated first. They next immerse them in a large pot of baking soda, laundry detergent or soap, and cold water. The towels are then boiled for around 30 minutes, wrung out, and tossed into the washing machine. This process removes most common stains—with some exceptions. Lemon juice can remove yellowing from clothes, but avoid using it on white items such as sheets.
If a towel isn't cleaned properly, guests will see its original color when they use it again. However, with regular cleaning, it can be made look new again.