Is there anything more heavenly than sheets straight out of the dryer? Jumping into a pristine hotel bed after a day of travel is the epitome of comfort. Put up the "do not disturb" sign because I could sleep in a comfy bed FOREVER.
Although some people make their bed as soon as they rise, others dread this tedious part of the typical morning routine. Luckily, staying at a hotel gets you off the hook when it comes to this chore. You don't even have to wash your own sheets!
3. Hotel Cleaning Staff Take Care Of The Dirty Work
From providing fresh towels to making sure you are stocked up on tiny shampoo bottles, the cleaning staff literally have a job to make sure your room is comfortable and clean. Although you do get what you pay for when it comes to accommodations, it turns out that seedy motels are not the only places that skimp on cleanliness. Yikes.
American Horror Story: Hotel may be on the extreme side of the spectrum, but there may be some cringeworthy accents lurking in your hotel room. A segment on the television show Inside Edition did their own in-depth experiment to test the cleanliness of hotel sheets at various hotels.
Inside Edition investigators visited numerous hotels, and before checking out they would spray a washable fluorescent paint on the bed sheets with a stencil that reads "I slept here." Before leaving the room they had to demonstrate how they would determine if the sheets were left unwashed, and all they needed was one tool.
Before checking out, investigators proved on camera that the "I slept here" paint is easily visible under blacklight. They then prepared to return to that same hotel room a few days later to see if the bedding was properly sanitized since the last guest had left. The results were more than revealing.
Investigators checked back into the same room at the Candlewood Inn & Suites, and they were surprised to find that this hotel near Times Square may not follow through on cleaning practices. The "I slept here" was still present on the sheets — days after investigators checked out. It doesn't get much nastier than this.
The Inside Edition investigators were absolutely appalled by their discovery. Now that they had some solid evidence, it was time to talk to management about this horrible sheet situation. Inside Edition
reporter — Ann Mercogliano — decided to approach the manager of Candlewood Inn & Suites directly.
"This sheet hasn’t been changed. Why weren’t the sheets changed?" Mercogliano asked the manager of the hotel. "Okay, I expect them to be changed every day and that is a policy of our property," they stated. The corporation had a more profound response to the findings of Inside Edition.
11. The Company Sincerely Apologized For The Dirty Sheets
The owner of Candlewood Inn & Suites — Intercontinental Hotel Group (IHG) — "take great pride in setting stringent quality standards, which we take very seriously." Although we could hope this was just an innocent mistake, the results from Inside Edition's investigation would lead anyone to believe otherwise.
12. An Alarming Amount Of Hotels Had Cleaning Mishaps
After the experiment was over, three out of the 10 hotels investigators visited had left dirty sheets on the bed. This may prompt you to never take another vacation again, but there are certain steps you can take to assure you never sleep on a set of unclean sheets while away from home.
No, you aren't in an episode of Room Raiders, but you could prevent yourself from sleeping on a bed of filth. This may seem like an extreme measure, but keeping a portable blacklight during your stay will allow you to see if your bed has been made with clean sheets. The next tip may seem drastic, but it's foolproof!
Even the most expensive hotels may have a cleaning mishap, so it's important to do your homework when it comes to sleeping in unfamiliar bed sheets. When in doubt, ask for the bed to be remade. You will sleep easier knowing you aren't another unsanitary statistic!