I’ve been hosting one month and have already lost one nice thick new towel and one set of sheets to eradicable stains. We think the towel was ruined by acne body wash that may have had benzyl peroxide in it. Before Airbnb, I once had an engineer who was working at the coal fired power plant ruin 8 brand new pristine white washcloths in one week with coal dust and grime that I could not get to bleach out. I assigned those washcloths to family use and promptly went out and bought a lot of dark gray ones.
I know some of you are expert stain removers, and some of you just count it as a cost of doing business. But really, it is a waste, and a form of environmental damage that shouldn’t, and I hope doesn’t have to, occur. My idea is to not accept towel abuse and let the guests know I’m holding them responsible.
So, I’ve written a house rule about it. I’d like you to help me out with feedback on it. Definitely, it’s too wordy. That’s my major flaw as a writer; I never use 7 words when I can use 14 or 20. What can I say? I buy them in bulk and like to use them. But I’m sure my guests would appreciate more brevity.
Besides using chemical means (bleach is a corrosive, folks and hot water ain’t cheap), or just throwing my hands up and writing off the expense of ruined linens, do any of you have another way of dealing with this? If not, wordsmithing to shorten my verbose rule is greatly welcomed.
Towel Use. There are plenty, and they are for your use, but not abuse! Their appropriate use is for drying your clean body and hair after a bath. They are not for mopping up spills, polishing shoes, dyeing hair, or for removing makeup, self-tanner, or face or body wash with benzoyl peroxide because those things tend to leave permanent stains. We provide for your use a mop, paper towels, baby wipes, and makeup remover wipes so you don’t need to use the towels for those purposes. Does anyone still polish shoes outside of the military? If you need shoe polishing supplies let us know; my husband and I are vets and we still have them and will happily lend them to you. If you are working at the coal power plants or in the oil and gas fields, or some other extra dirty environment, let me know; I’ve got some nice thick dark grey towels just for your use. You will be charged for any bathroom linens you stain that won’t wash clean. To give you an idea of the potential cost…figure on paying $12 per bath towel, $8 per hand towel and $6 per washcloth.
Help and advice and wordsmithing are gratefully accepted!