You’ll find no better experts on cleaning tips to save time and money than innkeepers. We’ve convinced a few innkeepers to start us off with their tips and are asking for more so post your own tips and keep checking back to learn something new. Please let us know which tips and tricks have helped you make more time for doing what you enjoy, what works and what doesn’t. We always enjoy hearing your feedback.
White Vinegar Miracles
White vinegar is a miracle cleaner on glass shower doors, mirrors, vanities and chrome fixtures at the Red Dog Inn. Using vinegar cuts way down on fumes and saves money over other cleaning products. Remember, don’t use white vinegar on the tile grout as it will eventually make pits in the grout. On grout, spray Clorox Clean-up and let it sit a few minutes to kill germs and mildew.
Hydrogen Peroxide Stain Removal
Hydrogen peroxide is great for removing stains without removing the color on towels, sheets even furniture at the Blair Mountain Bed & Breakfast. This works wonderfully on blood, ink and red wine stains. Try letting the stain soak briefly, and then laundering as soon as possible.
Nothing is more frustrating than cleaning a bathroom only to turn around and find hair that just got pushed around during cleaning. No matter how much you wipe and clean they are hard to get rid of. They stick to everything, including your rags, particularly your wet rags and then reappear just when you think you have it clean. The Prairie Creek Inn found an end to the frustration of dealing with hair by vacuuming the bathroom first, before cleaning it. This may seem “duh” but it will save you a lot of time and frustration. Don’t forget to wash and dry your rags after every use to get rid of the hairs and keep them smelling clean.
Tip Top Towels
Guests love fluffy, good smelling, soft and absorbent towels so here are some tips from The Turkish Towel Company to keep them that way.
1. Never use fabric softener on your towels. It coats the threads and makes them nonabsorbent, meaning you’ll have to replace them sooner. Instead, use 1 cup of white vinegar, once a month, in the rinse cycle to restore your towels to full absorbency.
2. While tumble drying will make your towels fluffy, do not overdo it as heat from the dryer can damage the integrity of the cotton. Wash towels in cold water and dry them on medium setting.
3. If you catch a towel and pull a loop, simply cut off the pulled loop with a pair of scissors. High quality towels are woven so a pulled loop will not cause the towel to unravel.
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