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This is my first post here but I’ve been reading posts for a bit now and learning lots, so now I have a fun story to share.
About me - I have three units, one I have had for almost two years now, the other is coming up on a year now and I just opened a third this past week. The units are all within a few hundred feet of my home, so hosting is easy. I’m in a tourist neighborhood so guests come for a few days to see the sights and have a fun little get away.
The first time I realized the importance of mattress covers is when a guest set a cup of hot chocolate on the bed and it spilled. Looked like someone had shat the bed. Luckily a spot cleaner took care of it, but since that incident I have put mattress covers on all my beds.
Welp, it finally happened…guest arrives and messages me in a panic “we can’t figure out the door lock and need to get in” I rush down to the door and start showing them how to punch in their code, etc when the lady interrupts me and says “we have a bathroom emergency” so I open the door with my code and let them in. I notice the one guest has a brown stain on their shorts. I didn’t say anything and left them alone, pretending not to notice.
They seemed to have a great stay, easy going. Checked out and went on their way.
Fast forward to the turnover and I’m tearing down the beds to get laundry going only to find a very brown mark on the sheets. Get down to the mattress cover to find a brown mark there too. Pull that off and the mattress is spotless!
Mattress cover saved the day!
Everything went through the laundry and came out good as new.
I have a sheet, then a thick mattress pad, then a rubberized mattress pad and then the bed bug encasement. I always thought it was overkill until I got a person who bled spots all over the sheets and it went through until it hit the rubberized mattress pad.
(In case you are wondering why I have a top mattress pad, it’s because the rubberized pad isn’t really comfortable.)
women learn this stuff MUCH earlier. just sayin’.
I also provide plastic-backed “bed pads” in my 3 listings (works better than sleeping on a towel). Those have been lifesavers in our household of 3 teenage girls… Aldi sells them every now and then and I always pick up a few more.
I stayed in a budget rural motel last month and I checked their mattress (professional curiosity!) and they didn’t have the silk zippered case, which means they’ve never had bed bugs? I took that as a good sign actually. If I ever get them in my place I’ll most likely burn the mattress, haha. we’ve had bed bugs once in our home, hubby brought them home from a trip. that was 4 years ago, we still have the special silk mattress protector on our mattress, even though it has a few holes now. i’ve never even been brave to take it off to wash in case the little b/stards went walkabout.
but this isn’t foolproof cos they can live in the bed timbers, or the fabric headboard, or the curtains, carpet or anywhere. I know the mattress is the most likely place but it’s not the only place they’ll take up residence. **
“always”??? i’ve been hosting for over a year, 3 properties and over 400 stays… ZERO period stains.
I’ve not had much make up stains either. We host a lot of guests who come for weddings (we are in a wine region) and even recently I had a bride/groom couple stay with us and there was no make up stains, but a lot of glitter in the rugs Anyone who has ever had experience with glitter knows it’s impossible to remove, it’s not offensive, and over time i’m sure i’ll get it all out, but for now there’s a mild sparkle in the rugs. I remember on my own wedding night i woke up with many bobby pins in the bed. Bronzer and glitter were not invented yet.
We stayed in an abb last year and my daughter (16) had a period accident, and I washed the sheets immediately, and went and bought a towel for her to sleep on. (she’s particularly bad though: heavy and a heavy sleeper so she won’t wake up, and no tampons yet). If you catch the stain straight away it will come out, but of course, all the females on this forum don’t need to be told this!
Never had period blood stains or makeup stains in my AirBnBs. Did have one set of sheets ruined by wrinkle cream that must have included benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid. The wrinkle cream wearer/culprit was a male attorney in his fifties.
Hey we had that guest too!! Although when they came thru the door for check-in, (we are a B&B) she went right over and sat down in one of our chairs in our common area.
Shampoo cleaned the chair after they went to dinner and then both chairs in their room after they left. The bedding was soiled similar to your photo.
Being a B&B we probably have seen more guests than most but we get makeup stains on bedding, mostly pillow cases quite a bit. We added small black towels with “Makeup Remover” embroidered on them to our bathrooms. It has cut down on our bedding loss.
Yup! Such a great investment. It’s funny–I just stayed in someone’s airbnb last week, and we were asked to strip the beds before check out. I was SHOCKED that they did not have waterproof covers on the beds. Just a miserable accident waiting to happen. I wondered if I should give them that advice, host-to-host???