How do hotels keep their linens so white?

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Posted 8/4/2013 by Maite in NSBR Board
 

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Posted: 8/4/2013 9:45:55 AM
It is always amazing to me. I would like to know the secret.


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Posted: 8/4/2013 9:46:27 AM
Bleach?


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Posted: 8/4/2013 9:52:19 AM
Bleach is a harsh chemical that breaks down fabrics faster than other detergents. Hotels replace towels often.






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Posted: 8/4/2013 9:57:31 AM
I don't think it's just bleach. I bleach my towels and they don't stay that white.


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Posted: 8/4/2013 10:02:50 AM
Minerals in your water can discolor fabrics. VERY hot water and bleach go a long way to keeping whites white. I also suspect they discard sheets a lot sooner than most average housewives are willing to do.


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Posted: 8/4/2013 10:08:02 AM
They use very, very hot water and the linens are only used once before washing, and bleach and commercial detergent. Some of them use commercial cleaners and those people might have water softners and other stuff done to their water before it is used in the washing machines.


eta: I used bleach and so on when my daughters were in diapers. My MIL was so proud of how white I kept those diapers, but I did not realize it was something different. Just used bleach to disinfect the diapers when washing.


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Posted: 8/4/2013 10:38:37 AM
They probably use a little Mrs. Stewart's Bluing.

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Posted: 8/4/2013 10:47:49 AM
I worked in a hotel laundry as a teen. Commercial powder and bleach was it, but the sheets get wages after every use, so I suspect that's the real trick.


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Posted: 8/4/2013 10:48:17 AM

Trying to remember back to my culinary school days - - - We were taught that bleach works best between 60 and 85 degrees. So hand touch water temp, not HOT.

To answers the op's question. I think I read somewhere where they do a pre-soak in bleach, then wash with detergent in hot water. And replace often.

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Posted: 8/4/2013 11:32:25 AM
Maite,

If you are having trouble keeping your whites bright, I would suspect it has to do with the mineral content of your water.

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Posted: 8/4/2013 11:38:36 AM
I have very hard water

I have white towels and sheets that weve been using everyday for years and they're as white as the day I bought them

I use bleach, borax, washing soda and detergent once a week


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Posted: 8/5/2013 2:27:06 PM
What is washing soda? I also have hard water.

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Posted: 8/5/2013 4:09:41 PM
my MIL should be a professional laundress-I don't know how that woman gets her whites as white as she does (all the towels and linens in her house and lots of her clothes are white) and the woman keeps them BLINDING

I know she has a very high end washer, and uses tide. beyond that, I dont know her secret, lol


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Posted: 8/6/2013 8:01:44 AM
My .02 is bleach and frequent replacement. I keep sheets for a decade or more. I doubt commercial applications do.



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Posted: 8/6/2013 5:00:58 PM
DT: Do you make your own detergent? I'm about to make my own as soon as my last bottle of Tide is empty. Enough with $25 bottles of Tide when you can make your own organic detergent (1 years' worth for $30!!!!!!!). Can't wait to try out all the recipes. Ooh, and you can make your own bleach, your own fabric softener, etc........









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Posted: 8/6/2013 6:37:27 PM

DT: Do you make your own detergent? I'm about to make my own as soon as my last bottle of Tide is empty. Enough with $25 bottles of Tide when you can make your own organic detergent (1 years' worth for $30!!!!!!!). Can't wait to try out all the recipes. Ooh, and you can make your own bleach, your own fabric softener, etc........


I make my own laundry soap and softener. It cleans just as well as any on the market and costs less than $1 per 5 gallon bucket.


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Posted: 8/6/2013 7:23:40 PM

I make my own laundry soap and softener. It cleans just as well as any on the market and costs less than $1 per 5 gallon bucket.

Cool!! I just stumbled upon all of these organic DIY projects like those and I can't wait to try them out. Kudos to you!








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