The bed is probably the most important component of a hotel room. Of all the basic amenities a hotel has to offer, the most important function of a hotel room is to provide a safe and comfortable sleep to your guests. Your hotel bed and bedding should not be an afterthought, according to a recent survey that asked if visitors take sleep quality into consideration when choosing a hotel, 55% said they look for online hotel reviews that address sleep quality, compared with 27% who don’t. As much as you might hate to admit it, selecting the right bed linen to complement the standard of hospitality you offer, can be quite a challenge.
Sheets are essential for every bed and there is a huge variety of materials that can be found in the market. Many hotels are switching to microfiber sheeting primarily because of their lower prices – ignoring several important aspects. Let’s go through these in detail to understand why microfiber sheets are not a good choice.
What is Microfiber?
Microfiber is a synthetic material made from polyester and it is now being used to make bedsheets. It is a man-made fabric rather than a natural one like cotton or poly-cotton. Microfiber consists of finely woven fibers that are closely knit together which does give the material a silky texture but it also makes it less breathable.
A sheet is called breathable because an air permeable sleep surface ensures a comfortable and safe sleep. Passive airflow is important not only for a good and healthy sleep, it can also save you from allergies and other problems. Keeping the fact in mind that the microfiber sheets are not breathable, it is definitely not a comfortable choice especially in terms of hotel rooms where customers expect a comfortable night’s sleep.
Quality, Comfort, & Feel
Quality and comfort of the material is usually the first consideration to make when buying bed linen. The single most important determinant of the quality of your bedding is the fabric it is made from. The sheets made with a mix of polyester and cotton (poly-cotton) are much more comfortable than microfiber sheets which are made entirely from polyester, are unbreathable, and have a slippery feel.
For most people, the feel of their bed sheets is the most important selection factor. Microfiber sheets are perfect for those who like a sleek, silky feel. But microfiber sheets won’t give you the crisp and soft feel of cotton that poly-cotton sheets have. Hotels prefer poly-cotton over microfiber because of several reasons and one of them is the feel and comfort of these sheets.
It is a fact that cotton sheets are more comfortable and soft after each wash which means they are much more durable than microfiber sheets. Low-quality cotton sheets are subject to piling, while microfiber sheets are more likely to tear once their useful life is over. Both fabrics will eventually deteriorate, but cotton sheets may give you more in terms of durability as compared to microfiber sheets.
Uncomfortable for People with Sensitive Skin
The microfiber sheets are not the right sheets for the people with sensitive skin. If you’re a person who has a skin that gets irritated easily than avoid using man-made microfiber sheets. Otherwise, you’ll end up having rashes or itchy skin.
Not Safe for the Environment
Every time you wash microfiber sheets, the fibers become loose. They make their way to your regional wastewater and the fibers are so tiny that the filters do not catch them. Ultimately, the fibers end up in the seas. They’re not biodegradable, so they stick around and can be a threat to marine life just like other polyester products. Another important thing to consider is that microfiber is basically polyester which is made from petroleum, the production process of this material is hazardous for the environment.
Microfiber is Flammable
The surface texture of microfiber affects flammability therefore, it is dangerous for home and hotel use. This fiber can easily attract to flames that is why it is better to avoid using microfiber in an area where it could catch fire.
If you run a pet-friendly hotel, microfiber sheets are not a sensible choice. This type of sheeting has a tendency to attract lint and pet hair. For many people, the first thing that comes to mind when they think of a microfiber sheet is static electricity. These sheets store electrons that attract other fibers like hair and usually gets worse during winter. For pet-friendly hotels, the better option is to go for a mix of cotton and polyester that offers a soft feel and durability without this problem.
Maintenance and Laundry Issues
Microfiber sheets start to look faded after the first several washes especially when they go through institutional laundering. Another factor to consider is that the washing and laundering process for microfiber sheets is different and costs more than the usual laundry detergents used by hotels and linen laundering companies. For instance, you cannot wash microfiber sheets with chlorine bleach since it can cause the polyester and polyamides to break down causing premature wear and tear.
As a hotel owner or operator, you might think that microfiber sheets are low cost and wrinkle resistant, and they seem like the better choice when selecting bed linen for your hotel. However, microfiber sheets may negatively impact the comfort, sleep quality, and safety of your hotel guests leaving you with bad reviews and ultimately dissatisfied customers. So instead of saving a small amount of money by choosing microfiber sheets, you might want to consider all these factors for a better return in the long-run.
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