Regardless of the scale of your hotel, you are doing a great job of providing a comfortable and convenient solution to weary travelers and exhausted vacationers, but with all that hospitality comes a stack of well-worn hotel mattress pads that need replacing.
After the new bedding purchases are made, it’s a hassle to get those old mattresses hauled away. Even worse, because of their bulk, they occupy space in already overflowing landfills and are tough to process and compress. The Mattress Recycling Council reports more than 50,000 mattresses end up in landfills each day.
So how do you care for your guests, cut costs and think green?
Extend Your Mattress Life
The longevity of hotel mattress comfort and any other advertised benefits are solely dependent on how it is treated. You can save on replacement costs by increasing the lifespan of your property’s mattresses. The first step is to install a sturdy bed bug and water proof mattress protector with a heavy-duty zipper.
The benefits of installing durable mattress encasement are twofold: not only will you protect your hotel mattress pads from bed bugs and dust mites, you will no longer have to deal with nasty liquid spills and stains.
If you want to get the most of your hotel mattress pads in terms of durability and comfort, cover the mattress protector with a plush mattress pad. We recommend that you go for a three-layer water-proof, fitted mattress pad for a down-like feel and more protection, although you can even opt for a regular mattress pad over a waterproof mattress protector.
While we are talking about reducing wear and tear on your mattress, you might want to also take a look at your box-spring. The main purpose of a box-spring is to raise the height of the mattress, absorb shock and extend its overall lifespan.
You can spruce up your box-springs by investing in decorative box spring covers. A well-made box spring cover looks presentable, prevents wear and tear and hides existing damage like snags or stains.
Donate and Get Back
If you have tried your best to hold back the years on your mattresses and are now in need of replacing due to franchise requirements, say good riddance by donating them to charities like Goodwill Industries, Habitat for Humanity ReStore, Salvation Army and the like to get a tax deduction for a charitable donation.
Reduce your taxable income and lower your tax bill by giving away your property’s used mattresses and other furniture to a qualified charity. Make sure to give each item a look over – you can only receive tax deductions for items that are functional.
Another good option is to resell your hotel’s mattresses and box-springs to a smaller scale property whose franchise requirements, if any, are flexible. You can also find a hotel content liquidator who will offer you a small price for all used furnishings that you dispose of as part of renovation or remodeling. Some offer the additional service of installing the new mattress sets before hauling off the old ones. These old mattresses and box-springs will then be placed in a used furniture warehouse to be sold to small hotels or individuals.
Reduce Waste and Recycle
Each year, the Mattress Recycling Council recycles 1 Million mattresses across state programs and have so far diverted 25,000 tons of secondary raw materials from landfills. If you have ever attempted to deconstruct a mattress, you will find that underneath the cloth and cotton or foam, there will be a set of steel coils and a wooden frame.
Polyurethane Foam is turned into carpet padding.
Cotton is used to manufacturer industrial oil filters.
Steel Springs are recycled to produce tools, appliances, automobile parts and construction material.
Wooden frames are either shredded to create mulch or to use as an alternative fuel source. It can also be used to temper flooring and create pressed wood products.
Bye Bye Mattress, a program of the Mattress Recycling Council, offers free drop-off so you can locate a nearby facility and drop off your mattresses at no cost.
Before you decide to discard your old mattresses, choose an environment-friendly option, save money and take a detour around landfills and dumpsites.