Do clean sheets translate to repeat visitors?? How can you be clean and green?

How many of you have ever considered booking a hotel/villa/room and then been turned off after reading a review or hearing from someone else that the sheets were dirty? According to this article by Glenn Robins, “room hygiene is a hot topic among travellers.”

Is it ever ok to not change the sheets after a guest? What about if the person only stayed for one night?? Does your answer change then?

Those questions are just a bit of fun to get you thinking but there is no doubt that in general, visitor accommodation generates an obscene amount of laundry on a daily basis. This is not only very water intensive, it is also potentially damaging to the environment especially with the use of numerous chemicals and cleaning agents. The mark of cleanliness appears to be how ‘white your whites can be’ versus the ‘brightness of the coloureds’.

So the question is, how can we maintain cleanliness while being eco-friendly? Many hotels and villas already encourage guests to use towels more than once – this has proven to be a successful conservation measure. Typically, sheets are changed after every guest (although the article above may cause you to think again) but what other steps can be taken?

Recently, Island Villas has introduced the use of eco-friendly cleaning products. These cleaning agents are both people and planet friendly while promising to clean just as well, if not better, than harsh chemicals.

What else do you think can be done to go green while maintaining hygiene?