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[LPT] Don't stay at an air b nd b if they ask you to make your bed at the end of your stay. This means the bedding most likely only gets washed once a week or less.

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10 points · 6 months ago

This seems obvious, but it is probably best to avoid the ones that have a "host cancelled" notification in the reviews.

How they ever get another booking is beyond me. I saw one once that had the host cancelling 5 days before arrival. That should kill their listing.

You actually have no idea what it means. Maybe the host just likes the bed to be made, or it signals that the visitor has left to the maid service coming in to clean (and change the sheets).

If you perceived the sheets to be unclean when you arrived, then report that, but don't make up an LPT.

I'll leave a note or placard somewhere but I'll avoid a place that requires me to make the bed when I leave.

the real LPT is always in the comments

Yeah, but this ain't it

Yeah that's right! And the chicken is supposed to stink, the left shoe is bigger size on purpose, and the wife is having a girls' night out. You're friggin delusional

Do you fold your dirty clothes?

your arguments make no sense. Why would the maid service not know when the client left? Why would the host want the bed sheets made if they have to clean it after? You are living in a delusion

I like my beds to be left made because it’s way easier to find stains and other things when the sheets are flat on the bed. Not so they can be reused.

28 points · 6 months ago

every time i stay at an airbnb, i make sure to take the sheets off the bed and fold them neatly for the host before leaving. takes less than 5 minutes and makes cleaning them a lot easier.

Instead of doing that, I toss them in the washer.

This. I’m currently at an Airbnb right now and the first thing we did when we arrived was to throw the sheets/pillow cases into the washer. It’s nice to know your sheets are washed and fresh.

Please don't do this. Hosts need to check the sheets for stains. If you've folded them up we need to unfold them and spread them out again. Just leave your beds unmade!

14 points · 6 months ago

You should be washing them regardless.... the best time to check for stains is right before they go in the wash.

Oh god yes! I didn't mean to imply that I didn't wash the sheets. I boil wash all the sheets with bleach or optical whitener. But sometimes they need to be pre-treated. It's much easier to see those stains with the sheets spread out on the bed than crumpled in front of the washing machine.

Exactly what I do as well. You want to be able to see the stains and apply the oxyclean before the wash.

The one my family runs all of the bedding and towels get washed and the bathrooms and kitchens are all disinfected and cleaned. The only thing that doesn't get washed on a stay to stay basis is the comforters. Those get washed every week or two.

This is why the first thing I do when I stay at a rental house or Air B & B is to remove the comforter. If I'm renting a house for awhile (like a vacation house for a week) I actually bring my own blankets. I get that it's a pain in the butt to wash the comforter every time, but how do I know the person who rented before me didn't have sex on it or sit on it naked. You take the same risk on a couch in a rental, I know, but a comforter is close to my skin and face for 8 hours at a time. Maybe you should invest in a few comforters that can be rotated so that you don't have to wash it every time? Or do what hotels do where the comforter is wrapped in between sheets that can be washed easily? Just some suggestions!

You mean a duvet?

I only wash my bedding once a week, is that a really bad thing that I should stop immediately?

I t depends. Are there different people sleeping in your bed each night?

I wish

Original Poster9 points · 6 months ago

If you run an air b nd b then it is. You have different people there every night.

4 points · 6 months ago

God, I must be really gross--I only wash my bedding once every month or so.

I think the concern here is that multiple people are using the same bedding (although admittedly I'm not sure what people are worried about).

You can get lice or crabs sharing sheets with strangers. Plus there's an ick factor for a lot of people because you're sleeping in someone else's sweet and shed skin cells.

Yep that's pretty gross.

I throw them in the washer and run them.

I have never heard of this before. And I've been in the lodging business for almost a decade now. Standard is to pull your sheets of and either stuff them them into the washer or collect all the bedrooms in one spot. Making a bed before leaving? A week? Those sheets get washed once a month maybe.

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