Do I Wash or Use Stored Sheets

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Hubby and I have an ongoing discussion. We have a small bnb. I like to wash the sheets immediately and then put them back on the beds. Hubby wants to put the "extra sheets" on the bed and wash the sheets later. I think of it as being double work. Why should I have to wash and dry them, fold them, unwrinkle them, then put them on the bed, when you can do it "correctly the first time?" It seems that folding them then unwrinkling them are extra steps.

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We use a laundry service, so we are always using linens from our stockpile. I just had to do the count (not including our own): 47 different beds, 56 pillows.... (we have a lot of twin beds)

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A nice "problem" to have...if you can wait to launder sheets...  Eye-wink

We used the clean, ironed sheets in the stock and started laundering the sheets from the stripped rooms ASAP.   That was the only way to keep up with all the laundry! 

I kept the clean ironed pillowcases on hangers.  No room to store the clean sheets hanging up here, but that would have been a great idea! 

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I do both ways.  It all depends on the time I have to turn over the rooms.  I do have favorite sheets I prefer to use but all said, getting the rooms done in time is first priority.

As for me though, I prefer to start with folded sheets as I find making the bed go faster.  I have a certain way to fold/unfold on the bed. 

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I want my rooms ready as soon as possible. So the beds are stripped and nice clean sheets put on. Then we wash the sheets, fold and put them away. We also avoid complaints about the smell of the detergent this way as well.

I also am not going to wait 2 hours for the sheets to get out of the washer and dryer before making the bed. Sorry, but just not me.

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Eric Arthur Blair wrote:

I want my rooms ready as soon as possible. So the beds are stripped and nice clean sheets put on. Then we wash the sheets, fold and put them away. We also avoid complaints about the smell of the detergent this way as well.

I also am not going to wait 2 hours for the sheets to get out of the washer and dryer before making the bed. Sorry, but just not me.

I don't think that is the case. or maybe it is, I read this whole thread wrong? yes  So same for me, I don't wait for them, I use the next set, so in effect I am rotating, but still my favorites, ie easiest to put on, least wrinkley sheets, the standby's sit in reserve.

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I hang all of our sheets. There are sheets I prefer over others, so I only go to those when the others are unavailable.  I end up using the same sets over and over for the most part, because I have to do the laundry, and can't leave it heaped up to the ceiling, so they get washed and hung back in front of the older sets.

So get the favorites use the favorites and the others are on standby. Although I do like the folded creases on sheets, so it is not an unwrinkling factor if they are folded nicely. Smiling

PS for the sake of argument who is washing and who is putting them back on the beds? Let that person make the decision. yes

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We always just rotated out the sheets. We had about 3 sets for each room. We made up the rooms with sheets from stock and then finished up cleaning and then didn't look back. Then washed and put them back for the next time.

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If the sheets I need are in the dryer, darn tootin' I'm using them rather than taking stored sheets and then folding the dried sheets later!

However, I have a lot of back up sheets so I generally use the stored sheets to get the rooms finished more quickly. By the time I get to the last room, I can generally use the sheets from the first room because they're washed and dried.

What I won't do is wait for sheets to wash and dry to get the rooms finished which may be what your hubby is thinking. And, I don't start the wash until I'm pretty sure everyone is done showering.

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I do it both ways.  Sometimes if there is only one room to be turned over there really isn't enough for a full load in the washer, so I might wait a day or two to wash all the sheets in a full load.  On the other hand, when I have two or three rooms to flip I'll go to the stored sheets so that I can get rooms ready before the new guests appear.

By mostly washing and re-using the same set of sheets the case might be made that you won't be getting uniform wear out of all your sheets, which might be a good thing, or a bad thing, depending on how you look at it.

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