That Time When It Almost Became Law To Use Fitted Sheets In Hotels

A while back, I wrote an article about why hotels don’t use fitted sheets. During my research, I discovered there actually are several legitimate reasons why most hotels use flat sheets.

Now, I won’t say that all hotels use flat sheets – after that article went to press, one of our readers said that that two Marriott she recently stay at both used fitted sheets. And the Best Western I stayed at in Rhode Island not long ago also had fitted sheets.

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Really crappy pic of my Best Western fitted sheets // PC: Me

But did you know that a decade or so ago, a bill was proposed that, had it passed, it would have ensured that ALL sheets in hotel rooms, at least in California, would have been fitted?

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What Do Hotels Do With Their Old, Worn Out, and/or Stained Towels & Sheets?

If you consider how much use they get, and how many washings they go through, it’s not tough to realize that linens wear out and need to be replaced much more often than the ones we use at home.

But did you ever wonder what they do with those old towels and sheets that they can’t use in the rooms anymore? I did. So I did some research to find out…

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An Important Thing To Do When You Leave Your Hotel Room

We all know that it happens. It might even have happened to you – you check in to your hotel, you get to your room and all looks good. Later on, you’re getting ready for bed, you pull the covers back, and WHOA! There is NO WAY this is a freshly made bed!

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They didn’t change the sheets!?!?!?! Son of a….!!!

So you go downstairs and complain to the front desk and either someone comes up and gives you fresh sheets (and/or towels), or they give you a new room. Either way, here’s what you can do to help stop that from happening…

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Why Don’t Hotels Used Fitted Sheets?

Joe and I use fitted sheets at home because they’re fast, efficient and convenient. We use a regular flat sheet that goes between the fitted sheet and the blanket, but for the actual sheet that we sleep on, it’s fitted all the way.

I don’t recall ever seeing a hotel that uses a fitted sheet, have you? Ever wonder why? I tried to find out.

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